Cat Health Issues – The True Cost of Owning a Cat

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Cat Health Issues – Before becoming a pet owner, the person must be aware of the true cost of owning a cat or a dog.  The true cost takes into account all costs during the lifetime of the pet.

Too many pet owners have not taken this true cost under consideration when they buy or adopt a pet.  They may find that the cost is more than they anticipated.  As a result, the cat or dog may end up not getting the care it needs and deserves. 

The problem could be worse in the later years of the pet’s life when more health problems may arise. 

So my advice is to not take a cat or dog into your house unless you are certain you can provide the care it needs.  If you cannot, there is no problem in deciding to not make the purchase or adoption. 

I refer you to an article entitled, “The Real Cost of Owning a Cat.”  The author is Suzanne Gardner.  Ms. Gardner does a very good job of detailing the expenses that one might incur during the cat’s entire life.

Here is a brief quote from the article:

The cost of owning a cat should be seriously taken into consideration before a kitten is adopted. While the initial cost of adoption may be low, the first year of a kitten’s life can be one of the most expensive.

Pet owners need to be prepared to handle the yearly costs of their pet, increasing health costs of their aging cat, and the cost of any emergenciesor health problems that may arise.

In the latter part of the article, Ms. Gardner goes on to discuss the negative circumstances that may occur when the owner can no longer afford the cat.

Pet owners that are unable or unwilling to meet these yearly costs are often faced with expensive veterinarian bills when their cat becomes ill. In addition, cats often suffer when their owners are unable to care for them properly not only from illnesses but also from living in an environment that does not include all the things a cat needs to thrive. Make sure you’re prepared financially for the life-long commitment of a cat.

The entire article can be found HERE.  I suggest that you read the whole article to understand all the costs she considers in owning a cat.

I agree with the basic premise of the article.  It is extremely important for the prospective pet owner to take into account all the costs associated with owning the pet for its entire life.

On the other hand, I feel that some of the medical costs she discusses may be overstated.  My dog is closing in on 9 years old.  He has been eating healthy dog food and treats for most of his life.  He is extremely healthy, never gets sick, and only goes to the vet for his annual checkups.

In addition, I know of other dogs that eat this healthy dog food that are much older than 14 years old and are still going strong.  Cats eating the healthy cat food are also very healthy.

It’s true that the longer the cat or dog lives, their lifetime expenses go up.  But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the annual costs for pets must rise as they age.

I feel very strongly that dog or cat food purchased in a grocery store or pet specialty store is not good for your pet.  Some of them show healthy ingredients on the label.  But knowing how freshness of the food is a major concern.  In addition, you don’t know how old ingredients were before adding them to the food.

I talk a lot on this blog about the freshness and nutrition of dog and cat food.  What do you think?  One problem with unhealthy food is that you don’t see the negative consequences until later in the pet’s life.  There is absolutely no reason why a dog (even a large breed) should be experiencing joint problems at the age of 7 or 8.  My son’s dog is 10 years old and has not joint issues.

I’m sorry about getting a little upset here.  But I feel very strongly on this subject.  I welcome your comments.  You may disagree with me.

Scott and Trish Hubbard are long time pet lovers.  For the last 40 years, dogs have been a major part of their family. 

They have dedicated the last 8 years of their lives to finding the best products for pet health.  You can reach them directly by calling toll-free 877-878-4036 or by emailing them at   For more information about dog nutrition, you can visit their website at

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