Pets can be very expensive for their owners. Many first time dog or cat owners do not understand how big of an investment their new family member can be. As a living, breathing organism, pets require some of the same things that human beings do, like food and water, but also also require pet specific expenses. Taking your dog or cat to the vet regularly can add a significant amount of cost, especially if they have a history of illnesses or medical problems. Some owners may have to groom their dog or cat frequently due to the nature of their hair, fur, or skin. For most pet owners, neutering or spading your dog or cat is optimal because it prevents accidents from adding unwanted puppies and kittens. These procedures can cost up to $200 per pet, and are commonly forgotten when owning a young or once feral animal for the first time. Younger pets are also required to get the core vaccines, which includes a rabies shot. These vaccines, although not very expensive, are a $20 cost that also must be included.
The type and size of your animal can also determine how often and how much you need to feed it. Larger dogs with bigger appetites will be more costly to feed and maintain when compared to a smaller, less active cat. Although there are many kinds of foods, most pet owners prefer to feed their animals high quality foods in order to keep them living longer. This extra quality usually comes with an extra cost.
Bigger dogs and cats also require bigger cages for them to stay in while the owner is away from home. Theses cages and shelters can range anywhere from $15 to $1000, and it is advisable to choose a product that is made of a suitable material and is big enough to comfortably hold a dog or a cat. Some pets may like their cage and will abstain from damaging it; others may gnaw on or break it. The expenses from these damages will involve buying another cage or getting a current one repaired.
Training your pet
Most first time dog owners get puppies, which usually infers that they are going to pay for some level of etiquette training or home preparation. Some pet stores have training school included with the purchase of a more expensive breed, but most owners pay extra for schooling. Dogs can be very stubborn, which translates to longer training hours. Some training schools charge a lot of money by the hour, especially if a dog is consistently misbehaving or ignoring commands.
Most people take vacations at least once a year – these vacations usually don’t involve their pets, so pet-owners must organize temporary living arrangements for their animals. It is common to drop a dog off in a kennel, where it is taken care of for a price over time. Cats can be a little easier, but may still need supervision. Although kennels are expensive, they make sure that your dog or cat is safe and fed well. Hiring a cat or a dog sitter, although cheaper, can result in unwanted results due to incompetence.