Feline Grooming Expenses
Routine grooming can prevent a number of problems. Most cats will keep their claws trimmed by scratching, but if your cat doesn’t have a scratching post (and has somehow never discovered the back of the sofa), a nail trim will be needed. A nail trim will average around $10.
Bathing a cat is a bit more of an adventure. With the exception of a few select breeds, the stereotype holds true: cats do not like water. The average cost of a professional cat bath will be between $30 and $50, although it can be higher if you choose additional options like blow-drying.
As mentioned above, cleaning a cat’s ears can prevent ear infections. This service is usually around $5. A less-known service is sanitary cleaning; this involves trimming the hair around the rectum to remove fecal matter. This is usually included in the cost of a bath and helps prevent infections and bacterial growth.
Cat Food: Regular Versus Premium
The food you feed your cat has a direct effect on the shine of its fur, its health, and potentially its lifespan. With that in mind, you want to choose the best possible food for your feline friend. Your cat will likely be at its healthiest when fed premium cat food. Lower quality foods aren’t digested as thoroughly or as well and result in more frequent stools.
Foods that are more digestible reduce the number of times your cat will visit the litter box per day, but provide more nutrients for less effort. Be aware of certain brands and keep an eye on recalls surrounding cat food.
Toys, Scratching Posts, and More
Cats can entertain themselves with most anything and rarely require dedicated toys, although it can be a lot of fun to play with your cat. Cat toys are usually $10 or less. You can expect to pay a bit more for a high-quality scratching post-around $45 or so. A cat bed and carrier will cost around $20 each. A food and water bowl can be found for as little as $7.
You might want additional items for your cat or to make changes to your home; for instance, a cat door. Cat doors cost anywhere from $25 to $75, not including the time cost of working on your door.
Remaining General Cat Care Costs
While cats are self-sufficient, you don’t want to leave them alone for too long. If you are going to be away from home for an extended period (more than five days or so), you may want to put your cat into a cattery. You can expect to pay $5-$6 per day in areas with less demand to as much as $20 per day in the middle of the city.
If you’d prefer to let your pet stay at home and hire someone to take care of it while you’re away, you can expect to pay between $25 and $50 per day for an experienced pet sitter.
This article was provided to Pet Guardian Angels of America by Jessica Carter of The Simple Dollar © 2017 TheSimpleDollar.com