Love Isn’t Cheap

It’s the holiday season and everyone is giving gifts all around: Tis’ the season to ask for expensive gifts while you can get away with it. Furthermore, since everyone is in a jolly old mood, these expensive gifts are more likely to become a reality, despite not always being the greatest thought-out gifts.

Animals are amazing, sweet, and often furry little creatures. This makes them a big hit when it comes to gift giving. What child, girlfriend, or person in general wouldn’t be happy with a cute little puppy or kitten for Christmas? Well, you would be likely to find out within the year of pet ownership they were given.

When pets are given as gifts, many important details are completely forgotten or ignored. No one seems to remember that owning a pet is a commitment that lasts for years. Some pets can live for fifteen or more years and that is a long time to be caring for another living creature. It is often suggested to plan ahead when you decide to get a pet and for good reason too. When pets are given as gifts, this isn’t planned out well. Unless the person giving you a puppy, also gives you a crate, food and water bowls, a collar and leash, a doggy bed, toys, and pays for the shots, or just plans on taking care of the pet financially for the rest of its life, they are giving you a big responsibility. I know, if they did all of that it would officially be their own pet right? Of course it would, that’s the whole point.

Below is a list of pet expenses. The price ranges may surprise or shock you but clearly, there are many factors to consider. Some prices may be lower and in some cases you may find you need to replace something you thought you only had to buy once. An example is a crate, it may seem like a one-time expense but accidents happen and it may need to be replaced. It’s the same with bowls, beds, carriers, collars, leashes and so on. Also remember, different pets will cost different amounts of money. For example, a rabbit will use up more litter than a cat, an exotic pet may cost more on visits to the vet, and a large dog will be more expensive than a small dog or cat when it comes to supplies. The type of pet isn’t the only factor you must consider though since your own choices when shopping for your pet or deciding on a vet also make a difference. Furthermore, never forget the possibility of an emergency either. If your pet gets hurt or sick, there is no knowing how much a visit to the vet may cost, so having extra money for an emergency is a must.

Owning a pet is a responsibility. We can’t just pick them up and pet them or play with them when we want, then store them in a closet or drawer somewhere when we’re done. We have to feed them, clean them, house them, and keep them happy and safe. It is a financial commitment as well as an emotional one. Here are most of the costs of owning a pet:

One-Time Expense
Price Range
Annual Expense
Price Range
Adoption/Store $0-500 Vaccinations $40-150
Spaying/Neutering $35-200 Reg. Medical Exam $50-150
Vaccinations $40-150 Food $120-500
First Medical Exam $40-150 Vet Emergency $0-500+
Training $30-250 Toys $10-200
Crate $50-200 Treats $20-200
Carrier $30-100 Grooming $20-400
Collar/Leash $15-50 Litter $150-400
Litter Box $25-40 Miscellaneous $15-70
Scratching Post $15-150
Food/Water Bowls $10-40
Bed $20-150
One-Time Total
Annual Total


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