Cost of Owning A Cat or Dog

The Cost of Keeping a Dog Versus Keeping a Cat (Infographic)


Posted By Pet Health Care Gazette: 27 Apr 2013 09:44 PM PDT


This is an interesting infographic and certainly provides food for thought in terms of considering the overall cost of ownership for a pet. However, there are some items depicted in the infographic that I question.

  • The cost of food for a dog will depend to a large extent on the type of dog. Obviously, large breed dogs will consume more food yearly than a small breed dog.
  • What are recurring medical fees? Does this include the cost of flea, tick, and heartworm preventives? If so, these costs will likely vary somewhat between dogs depending on size also.
  • Some communities do require licensure for cats as well as dogs.
  • Many of these fees, particularly the veterinary fees, are likely to be different in different parts of the country and will also vary considerably between one veterinary practice and another.

Overall, this infographic gives a prospective pet owner a good rundown of most of the expenses incurred during the first year of ownership. However, as with all things, it is in the new owner’s best interest to do a little more research on the topic before bringing home a new pet. Of course, this infographic only takes into consideration the first year of ownership. Adopting a pet means accepting responsibility both physically and financially for that pet for its entire lifetime which may be ten to fifteen years or longer.


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