The True Costs Of Owning A Cat/Kitten
There are many
“hidden” costs involved in owning a cat, or should I say “being owned” by a cat. Not only are you responsible
for providing food and shelter but many other things need to taken into consideration.
Cost Involved In
Obtaining Your Cat/Kitten
to get a cat/kitten you must make a choice as to where you get it. The best (and safest) place would be a
Welfare Society .There are many cat welfare organisations to select from and you will be ensuring that you will
be getting a healthy,
Vet Checked animal and by doing this you will be saving a life and helping to break the cycle of the ever
increasing over population of cats. Included in the price you will be receiving a cat/kitten that has been de-sexed
and micro-chipped, you will then be responsible to have your pet Life-time Registered with your Local Council and
Immunised and wormed (which will be on-going expenses to account for)
You will need to purchase a safe collar (with bell) and a small identity tag. A visit to your own local Vet is
advised t o introduce your new family member and have all details recorded.
Don’t risk buying a kitten from a Pet Shop as often these are from “Farms” and the
animals are often diseased and not socialised.
always consider feeding your cat/kitten premium dry and wet foods. Fresh Chicken wings and necks are very good
for keeping their teeth and gums healthy. Fresh Kangaroo mince is also very good for them if they like it. You
will gradually get to know by trial and error what your cat likes.
Health and Medical Expenses
To keep your
cat healthy and happy you should have regular check-ups with the vet, making sure your cat is immunised annually
(your Vet will usually send a reminder when it is getting close to the time). Worming is also another must.
There are many options available now to suit everyone’s budget and lifestyle. There are topical applications
(usually combined Worm/Flea prevention) as well as pastes and tablets.
It is also
worthy to note that cats can also get heartworm so consult with your Vet as to whether your area is high risk
for this and if so that will be another on-going cost.(some Topical, monthly applications also protect against
your cat also involve costs. When travelling in your car your cat should be contained in a cat cage to avoid
possible injury to either you or itself. You will need to purchase a good quality cage big enough for your cat
to be comfortable. A “Top Loading” cage is much easier to manage than a “Front Loading” cage for obvious
Now this is
the fun part of owning a cat/kitten! Your new arrival will need a nice comfy little bed with blanket (to hide
under) and of course… Toys! There are many, many toys available to purchase at pet stores, supermarkets and
Of course this exercise can be as expensive or inexpensive as you want it to be. Kittens love playing with ping
pong balls and scrunched up pieces of paper. A simple cardboard box can keep your cat/kitten amused for hours
(indeed days). A mix of both home-made and store bought amusements for your cat/kitten is an ideal balance.
Also to stop your cat/kitten from scratching your sofas and upholstered furniture a “Scratching Pole” is highly
recommended!!! There are many and varied designs available on the market.
Remember that you must allow for the fact that a kitten will gain weight and grow so beware of purchasing a “light
weight” type of scratching pole otherwise when using the pole the cat may easily tip it over. Look for a Sturdy,
heavy framed Pole with more than one tier (cats love to climb and sit up high)
If you have a
long hair cat regular grooming with good quality grooming brushes is a necessity to avoid knotting and more vet
costs to have the knots cut out. Even short hair cats need grooming as it helps keep the skin healthy and coat
looking shiny and sleek.
Most cats are
born already toilet trained, all you need to provide is a Litter Tray and constant source of clean litter for
them to use.
There are all types of trays and litter on the market today. Some cats will easily use a “covered in” litter tray
and some won’t. This, too is a “trial and error” thing. Generally what
you provide first is what the cat/kitten will get used to.
It is generally recommended to use a Natural litter made of re-cycled paper products as kitten sometimes like to
“play” in the litter and chew it .These natural products are much safer for your cat/kitten and environmentally
friendly when disposed of.