They party all night and sleep all day. And no, this isn’t a generalization on college students, but the life of the housecat – or, well, at least mine.
According to the 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association, 42.7 million American households own a cat. And due to COVID-19, adoptions have increased in some metro areas as folks look for companionship while staying mostly at home.
However, just as with human children, the costs to bring home and care for your fur baby can really add up. You need to consider vaccinations, food, litter and a host of other recurring and one-time expenses. (Costs vary based on each cat’s breed and health.) To give you a realistic picture of how much owning a cat will cost you, we’ve interviewed veterinarians and pored over industry research – and sprinkled in insights gleaned from our own real-world experiences living with cats. Take a look.