I’m a cat lady. I share my home with a cat-man and our two kittens. The kittens are adorable and spoilt and not cheap. In today’s post I will cover the financial aspect of owning a cat.
First things first, obtaining a pet, whether you adopt, buy or rehome, is usually not at £0.
If you are looking to adopt, majority of the shelters ask for a fee of anywhere from £50 to £300 for the pet – the fee covers medical treatments required for the pet to remain healthy and contributes to keeping the shelter running. Battersea Cats & Dogs Home currently calls for £75 for cats over six months of age, £85 for kittens under 6 months of age and £130 for a pair of kittens (source).
Pedigree cats, should you want to buy from a breeder, can be significantly more expensive. My kittens (a mix of Maine Coon and European Shorthair), purchased from a friend of a friend (not a breeder, they just happened to have a litter of kittens from their female cat) were £80 each. They came home at 7 weeks 6 days old, after having their first vaccination and worming treatments.
Since arriving home, the kittens have grown into BIG kittens. Being half- Maine Coon, they will continue to grow until they are approximately 18 months old. At the time of writing they are nearing 6 months of age. You can see how much they changed on their Instagram. Yes, I am that crazy cat person with an Instagram dedicated just to her hairy darlings.
Keeping my pets in good health and happy is as important to me as keeping myself in good health and happy. This means that since they reached my home, the following costs came with them:
Following the last 6-month flea and worming treatment at the vets we are going to switch to having it at home – it’s cheaper that way. The other thing which we do at home since the beginning is trimming their claws. Our vet charges £17 per cat, so for something that needs to be done every two weeks it made sense for us to learn to do this ourselves. We use regular nail clippers (my boyfriend’s ones, disinfected!) and seem to have patient cats.
I don’t know if this is something that is shocking or expected, but I spent close to £1,000 on cats in the last four months. This is of importance – this much money contributes a person’s emergency fund if they are in a dire financial situation. On top of those costs, there are few other hard to calculate figures related to physical damage owning a pet causes to your home – they attack plants, scratch furniture and knock glasses down from counter tops (really annoying but also pretty hilarious if it’s not happening to you!).
So why on earth would I even decide to have pets? The simple fact is that as humans, our capacity for love is pretty enormous. We are carers and protectors by nature and if that means getting motivated and making more money so that you can spend it on providing a home for a lovely creature, that’s not a bad motivation! I adore cats and therefore, I took two cats into my home and now they are the happiest little brats out there, and that makes me happy too.
In the next post: Christmas and how not to go bust!