Owning a ... cat
The cost of a cat
Please note: this is only an estimate using approximate prices. Cost will vary depending on the individual cat. It is only intended to be a guide.
Cat, cost varies from a small donation (£40 or so) to a rescue centre, to £200 or more for a pedigree.
Water bowl, around £5
Food bowl, about £5
Litter tray, around £10
Cat litter, about £5
Collar, around £5
I.D. tag, around £15
Toys, around £5 for several
Food, average 60p for a can of meat
Cat biscuits, around £1 for a box
Two sets of vaccinations, maximum of £50
Castration, max £80
Worming treatment, around £8 for a year
Flea treatment, around £20 for 6 months
Microchip, max £30
Total (if buying a £200 cat) = £439.60
(if homing a rescue cat) = £279.60
For a medium sized cat, 16 cans of meat @ 60p = £9.60
Cat biscuits, for a medium sized cat, £2
Total = £11.60
For a medium sized cat, 16 x 12 cans of meat @ 60p = £115.20
For a medium sized cat, 12 boxes of biscuits @ £1 = £12
A years' flea treatment = roughly £40
A year's worm treatment = £8
Vet bills, depending on the individual, so count as an excess on total
Total = £175.20
So, in the first year of purchase, it may cost in the region of £607 for a pedigree, £447 for a rescue cat.
From these estimations, you may well spend up to £2534 on your pedigree cat if it lives for 12 years, plus any vet bills, or £2374 on your rescue cat if it lives for 12 years, plus any vet bills (excluding those mentioned above).