(PETS/PET CARE) Sharing your life with a pet is an incredibly rewarding experience. Animals provide comfort and companionship, and can add happiness to any household. However, with the cost of pet supplies, food, and veterinary care, having a pet can become quite costly.

While it’s difficult to know exactly what you’re getting into financially when adopting a new pet, here are some facts about the short-term and long-term expenses involved in caring for most common pets, including dogs, cats, fish, rabbits, birds, and hamsters. — Global Animal

Comparing the Cost of Pets


The adoption rate for the average furry feline usually ranges between $0 and $200. Pricing depends on the breed of the cat and any special needs it may have. The yearly cost of cat food averages out to about $120 for regular food but can rocket up to $500 for fancier or special brands.

When it comes to veterinary care, the first year of exams will cost anywhere between $50 and $100. Every year after that will cost about $50 to $400. Those prices won’t necessarily break your bank, but be mindful of emergency vet care; that can cost up to a staggering $2,000. Spaying and neutering your cat is considerably less expensive. Certain places will do it for free, and the most it will cost is generally around $200. It should be noted, however, that it is usually $25 to $30 extra to neuter your kitty if it is in heat and $50 to $100 more if the cat is pregnant.

Waste management can cost a little more than the average pet: litter boxes are about $20, kitty litter (two bags a month) runs about $15 and a generic scooper starts at $5. Boarding your kitten usually costs between $20 to $100 a day, per cat, and cat-sitters charge about $16 a visit.

When it comes to training, the average cost is nothing but a whole lot of hissing and scratching (seriously, don’t attempt to train your wonderfully independent cat. It’ll have none of it).


The adoption rate for the average dog usually ranges between $0 and $500, depending on availability and breed. It usually costs $120 to $500 a year for generic dog food and between $840 and $1,000 a year for higher-quality or specialty dog food.

The first year of doggy vet care is ultimately a bit more expensive than cats’, ranging from $45 to $200. Every year afterwards costs anywhere between $20 and $100. Emergency care, though, can cost up to $2,000, the same as cats. Spaying and neutering your dog is considerably more expensive than your average cat. It can cost anywhere between $35 and $200, plus $25 extra if it’s in heat and $50 to $125 if pregnant.

Waste management is pretty affordable when it comes to dogs: One pack of doggy waste bags, purchased twice a month, will cost $10 to $20, and professional waste cleanup services generally cost about $10 to $15 weekly. Depending on the establishment and services offered, boarding a dog will cost anywhere from $50 to $100 a day, per dog, and it’ll be, on average, $15 to $25 per day to hire a dog walker. Training your dog will usually cost $30 to $250 in the first year, and up to $200 every year afterwards.


Purchasing fish is a relatively cheap investment. Depending on the species, your average freshwater fish will cost anywhere between $1 and $25. The deepest investment comes with the fish tank and its setup. A small to medium freshwater tank usually costs between $100 and $200, gravel costs about $15, decorative tank plants cost about $35 and the filter will cost around $40.  Food for the average freshwater fish costs a mere $20 a year.


The adoption price of a rabbit is generally inexpensive and, depending on the particular store and breed, ranges between $5 and $50. Depending on its size and complexity, your rabbit’s cage and/or enclosure will usually cost anywhere from $30 to $200. When feeding your rabbit, you can opt for hay or pellets, or you can do both. Hay generally costs between $7 and $30 monthly, and pellets around $10 a month. Waste management is relatively inexpensive for rabbits: Wood pellets cost about $4.50 a month and wood shavings are $10 for five bales every two months. Veterinary care ranges from $40 to $100 yearly, and you can expect between $100 and $150 for emergency visits.


Depending on their size and breed, birds can cost anywhere from $20 to a whopping $3,000. Also depending on size, birdcages cost anywhere between $60 and $1,000. For smaller and more generic breeds, bird feed usually costs around $9, but for larger or more exotic breeds, feed can cost up to $20 a pop. Veterinary care isn’t too pricey, and exams usually range from about $50 to $100.


Hamsters are a pretty cheap (and cute) investment, and their purchase rate is generally between $0 and $10. Hamster cages often cost around $30, with hamster water bottles selling for around $8 and hamster wheels around $15. Bedding will usually cost $15 in total. Food is pretty inexpensive as well, costing $12 for a typical 5-pound bag.

No matter the costs, pets provide the best form of companionship and love. Shop for supplies for your furry and non-furry friends at these stores to earn Cash Back: PetSmart, Pet Fancy,BarkBox, and Pet Plus.

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