We do love our animals but their upkeep costs money, and too many of us get involved with pets before realizing we can’t actually afford to take proper care of one. But the cold financial facts shouldn’t keep you from sharing your love with a four-legged, furry friend. You just have to know how much you should expect to spend. Lord knows we have spent a small fortune caring for our 3 Yorkies!
When it comes down to it, dogs are more expensive by far. Some dog owners might say there are some benefits to the extra spending. Dogs can be taken with you on vacation, they can play with you at the park or accompany you on long walks, and they’re vastly more social and playful than cats. A cynical pet owner could argue that they get more return for their dollar on that count, though of course, the self-reliance, low maintenance, and soothing presence of a cat are selling characteristics on their own.
The American Veterinary Medical Association estimated that in 2007, 37.2% of our households kept at least one dog, and 32.4% of us kept at least one cat, making the two animals the most popular domestic pets by far.
If you have a pet that has special needs, like my boy Elvis, who has had seizures since the age of 7 weeks…the veterinary care can run into the thousands, over the course of your pets lifetime! And then there is food, treats, grooming….the list goes on! But obviously to me, it’s worth every penny, or we would not have bred our female Priscilla and paid and cared for her 3 puppies too!
Is the price you pay for your pets care worth it in your opinion?