Today, I’m sitting down to calculate the cost of owning my pets.
I’m not including any cost like worm pills for the dog, vet visits or grooming expenses.
We currently have 1 dog (a chocolate lab), 1 cat, 2 hamsters and 1 1/2 fish. With the fish, sometimes we get new ones when the fish dies and sometimes we don’t, thus the 1 1/2 number… We really like having pets, but they do require a lot of work (I hate cleaning cages) and if you add up the cost per years, it’s ends up being a little over $1,000 dollars.
Obviously, the most expensive pet for us is our dog. She eats about 1 bag of dog food a month (@ $45 per bag). We got unlucky with our dog because she has a food allergy that requires us to spend $45 per bag. Our cat goes through about 1 bag of cat food every 3 months (@ 10 per bag). Cat litter usually runs about $12 a month. The cost of the hamsters and fish pale in comparison to the dog and cat from a food perspective. But the hamsters do require frequent bedding changes (once a week, but we stretch it to 2 weeks). So the bedding cost for a hamster usually runs about $5 per month. The fish cost about $3 a year.
When we go on vacation, we only board up the dog. We get away with the cat because we bring out extra litter pan for her, and she use all 3 until we return. Note, we only take 1 week vacation, 2 weeks and we’d have a problem…
|Yearly Pet Costs|
|*bedding for the fish is water changes|
My kids really enjoy there pets though, so for the time being, this is an expense that I can’t get out of.
If you do want a pet, that isn’t expensive, fish are the way to go. We currently have 2 beta fish, and they are both pretty and easy maintenance.