Before you add a pet to your family, there are many expenses you should think about. Being prepared now for pet expenses will help you out later.
I am one of the crazy animal people. I have two dogs, and have had many animals in the past. I also spend a lot of time with my animals and I always make sure that they are well looked after.
Because of this, it really bothers me when someone gets a new pet only because they are “cute.” Animals are a lot of work, and there are a lot of pet expenses that you will have to cough up your money for.
Below are four expenses to think about before you get a pet:
1. The pet.
The price you pay for the actual pet can vary greatly. I am big on adopting your pet. Not only do you home a pet who desperately needs a home and therefore saving their life, but you will also most likely be able to save the most amount of money on your new pet by adopting him or her.
In fact, I recently saw that the Humane Society was adopting out adult cats for just $5.
Food can also vary. Different animals eat different amounts and kinds of food. Feeding a hamster is going to cost much different than feeding a 200 pound dog.
We have two dogs and we spend somewhere between$50 to $75 a month on food and treats for the two of them. They don’t eat nearly as much as they did when they were puppies, so our food spending is much lower than what we used to spend.
Don’t forget about your animal’s health! This cost will most likely be much more higher in the very beginning of pet ownership. You may have to pay for different shots, spay or neuter, vitamins, pills and so on.
We once had a dog that required a little less than $100 a month in medication. It was expensive!
4. Pet sitting.
For us, this is one area where we don’t spend much in. We just bring our dogs with us usually. However, we have paid a house sitter to watch our house and dogs in the past for a few hundred dollars a week.
I have a friend who is a nurse and her husband is a police officer. They work long hours so they send their dog to a doggie day care on days where they both work. I believe the cost of this is around $25 a day.
Pet sitting is something that many people don’t really think about when they get their animals. You can’t just leave your pets at home for long periods of time. They need loving too!
I know there are many other expenses I am missing. Share them in the comments below!
Also, how much do you estimate you spend on your pets each year?
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