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The Cost Of Keeping A Cat

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When you get a cat, there are a number of costs to consider to ensure you can provide your pet with proper care throughout its lifespan.

It doesn’t cost much to buy a cat, especially if you haven’t decided on a purebred cat. However, in order to ensure that you can provide proper care for your pet throughout its life, there are a number of costs that you must first consider.

 

Cost of your cat’s health and welfare

When you bring your cat or kitten home for the first time and over the course of the first year there will be a number of expenses.

  • Kittens should receive initial vaccinations within the first few weeks of life to protect against common and potentially fatal diseases. The vaccination is given in two injections three to four weeks apart. Your cat may have had its first injection before it came to you, as the first dose can be given from around nine weeks of age. However, you must remember that she will not be protected until some time after the second injection.
  • Other vaccines that are not routine but may be recommended by your vet include those against the feline leukemia virus and a type of bacteria called Chlamydophila felis that causes conjunctivitis.
  • To avoid losing your cat, a microchip is recommended; in some cases this is even mandatory. A microchip is inserted painlessly under the skin on the neck. Any veterinary practice and cat rescue can read the chip with a handheld scanner. Your vet can perform the procedure at any of the routine appointments, and it only takes seconds to have your cat identifiable for life.
  • Neutering is one of the most important decisions every pet owner has to make. Neutering not only protects against unwanted pregnancies (and with so many animals that need to be rescued, this is essential), it also reduces the risk of various health and behavioral problems. Many rescue organizations neuter cats before adopting them. Alternatively, you can discuss this with your veterinarian.
  • Annual veterinary check-ups are part of keeping a cat. During these appointments, your veterinarian can assess your cat’s weight and behavior and identify potential health issues.

 

 

 

Cat insurance

Every owner wants to do what is best for their cat, and vets do everything they can to keep costs down. However, accidents and long-term illnesses can cause vet bills to increase.

With insurance, you have the certainty that you can take care of your cat even in the event of a crisis. Pet insurers offer a variety of coverages, and prices vary depending on your cat’s age, breed or size and type, and where you live.

The easiest way to find the right cover for you and your kitten is to look online to see what’s on offer and find the right package. Other sources of information include your vet’s waiting room and pet magazines.

 

Daily Cost

There are a number of factors that affect the long-term cost of having a cat, including breed, coat type, and your own lifestyle. While most daily expenses are capped, here’s a number you might want to budget for from the start:

  • Scratching is a natural behavior for cats and it is important to provide your cat with opportunities to do so. It is therefore a good idea to have at least one scratching post in the house. Lots of other toys are also a good idea, especially if you plan to keep your cat indoors.
  • Hiding, climbing, and exploration are aswell common behaviors. Scratching posts are recommended to promote your cat’s welfare, give them plenty of exercise and provide a safe place to hide.
  • A very important part of caring for your cat is preventive health care. Take steps to prevent your cat from getting fleas, worms or ticks. Preventive measures are already taken at the breeder or in animal shelters. Your veterinarian can give you tips on how to control parasites in your cat.
  • Food and nutrition are obvious running costs. Feed your cat a quality food that is tailored to your cat’s needs. Good nutrition reduces the risk of old-age diseases or even organ damage due to malnutrition. This not only saves you high veterinary costs, but also stress and pain for the animal.
  • Using drinking fountains can encourage your cat to drink.
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