How much does a cat cost?

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Found 19th Jun
Am looking at getting my first cat, and was wondering how much they roughly cost a month?
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Insurance £60/year
wet food £10/month
dry food £10/month
flea & worming treatments £30/3 months
annual checkup & boosters £60/year

+ litter if you have an indoor cat
+ collars (I was spending £2/week on them at one point as she was galavanting and breaking the safety clips!).


Insurance is a must in my opinion if you have an outdoor cat, and I was grateful that I had it when removing a grass seed from my cat’s eye cost about £200 as she needed an operation. Indoor cats probably can’t get into so much trouble!

My cat has a wonderful life and adores the dogs. I believe that cats should be able to roam outside and seeing my cat outside enjoying herself and going for walks with the dogs in the fields is amazing.

She has a cat flap but usually comes to the door and asks to be let in.

She is utterly lazy and slept on my bed from 9am to 9pm today. She’s gone out now but will be back in a few hours after pooping on my sweet pea plants.

Be aware that your carpets, sofas and nice clothing will be scratched to some extent, no matter whether you have a scratching post near or not. Mine scratches my sofa to annoy me and get my attention; she eyeballs me and knows exactly what she is doing. If she’s being particularly bad with the scratching then I put double sided sticky tape on the and she walks off in disgust, usually having farted in protest of me having outsmarted her. It’s an ongoing battle.

I love her to bits and she makes my days happier really, as sad as it sounds. She’s good company and has a great character.

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Buy it cash up front
Hmm I dunno, I always told myself I will get a dog when I buy my first house but $$$$
We've got cats. Well, she's got cats.

Around a fiver a month for insurance. Our vets participate in a scheme called 'Healthy Pets Club' - this covers the cost of their annual boosters, 6 monthly checkups, claw clipping and a few other bits - this is a tenner a month, but you also get a discount on any treatments they may need for illnesses.

Food - ours eat a tin a day each, we feed them Tesco stuff but have just been told this has high salt content. Hasn't made ours ill. £4.75 for 12 tins.

Toys etc can be picked up for a couple of quid a go.

Cat carrier... upwards of £10. Try local charity shops or animal shelters for these.
The cats themselves are cheap to run but they can be destructive little blighters. One of mine plucks the furniture and wees on the bath mat and the other plucks the carpet. Wouldn't be without them though
Edited by: "psychobitchfromhell" 19th Jun
psychobitchfromhell38 m ago

The cats themselves are cheap to run but they can be destructive little …The cats themselves are cheap to run but they can be destructive little blighters. One of mine plucks the furniture and wees on the bath mat and the other plucks the carpet. Wouldn't be without them though


That would drive me insane!!
Felix pouch a day plus weigh dry good as follow instructions on the box/bags. Cat litter but use the wood pellets. I think £1 a day will cover it. Vet bills can be trouble. We haven't bothered with pet insurance as just set aside some money every month. I think £40 in savings may cover but if cat gets troubles you could be filing for bankruptcy
Decoded3 m ago

That would drive me insane!!


Cats are individuals. If they are gonna do something they will do it. There's no telling them. My sister's cat wees in plastic bags of you leave them on the floor and my other sister's cat goes for dinner with the lady down the street when he fancies a snack.
psychobitchfromhell1 m ago

Cats are individuals. If they are gonna do something they will do it. …Cats are individuals. If they are gonna do something they will do it. There's no telling them. My sister's cat wees in plastic bags of you leave them on the floor and my other sister's cat goes for dinner with the lady down the street when he fancies a snack.


Can I send one of ours round? He likes to eat plastic bags. This could be comedy gold.

One of ours likes to crap in the kitchen sink. We have to leave a plate in there, or a bit of water.
Ours costs about £5 insurance and the cat pouches are about £2.50 for 12 and £2 for biscuits (Aldi stuff). The little bugger has become accustomed to a bit of chicken for treats so I will add that on too £1.50. Call it £20 a month for arguments sake, you could go mad on insurance and it would be more expensive but it’s only a cat (dog person I was overruled )
wayners5 m ago

Felix pouch a day plus weigh dry good as follow instructions on the …Felix pouch a day plus weigh dry good as follow instructions on the box/bags. Cat litter but use the wood pellets. I think £1 a day will cover it. Vet bills can be trouble. We haven't bothered with pet insurance as just set aside some money every month. I think £40 in savings may cover but if cat gets troubles you could be filing for bankruptcy


One of ours is actually a bit ill at the moment - expecting to need to nip her to the vets tomorrow. More terrified of the bill than I am for her health! Off her food all day, not her usual happy, naughty self at all. Normally she's well up for a fight with me, but she hasn't even tried today.
Dannyrobbo19th Jun

Ours costs about £5 insurance and the cat pouches are about £2.50 for 12 a …Ours costs about £5 insurance and the cat pouches are about £2.50 for 12 and £2 for biscuits (Aldi stuff). The little bugger has become accustomed to a bit of chicken for treats so I will add that on too £1.50. Call it £20 a month for arguments sake, you could go mad on insurance and it would be more expensive but it’s only a cat (dog person I was overruled )


ours can tell the time. They know seven on a Sunday evening is shrimpies time. They like their shrimpies
psychobitchfromhell2 m ago

ours can tell the time. They know seven on a Sunday evening is shrimpies …ours can tell the time. They know seven on a Sunday evening is shrimpies time. They like their shrimpies


9pm every single day, our eldest one is begging for his dinner.
miikeyblue11 m ago

One of ours is actually a bit ill at the moment - expecting to need to nip …One of ours is actually a bit ill at the moment - expecting to need to nip her to the vets tomorrow. More terrified of the bill than I am for her health! Off her food all day, not her usual happy, naughty self at all. Normally she's well up for a fight with me, but she hasn't even tried today.


Ours are nine this year and apart from their yearly injections (we paid for lifetime ones) we have had three vet visits in all that time. Can't complain on that front.
miikeyblue15 m ago

Can I send one of ours round? He likes to eat plastic bags. This could be …Can I send one of ours round? He likes to eat plastic bags. This could be comedy gold.One of ours likes to crap in the kitchen sink. We have to leave a plate in there, or a bit of water.


Another family cat likes to drink from the tap. One of mine drinks out of a beer glass in my bedroom. We call it phoebe's beer.
psychobitchfromhell17 m ago

ours can tell the time. They know seven on a Sunday evening is shrimpies …ours can tell the time. They know seven on a Sunday evening is shrimpies time. They like their shrimpies



I might try her on shrimp, she loves chicken, salmon and cod
Dannyrobbo2 m ago

I might try her on shrimp, she loves chicken, salmon and cod


She'll like them then. We get the cheapo frozen ones from morrisons. The pair of them to mad for them. They aren't as keen on mussels
miikeyblue22 m ago

...One of ours likes to crap in the kitchen sink. We have to leave a plate …...One of ours likes to crap in the kitchen sink. We have to leave a plate in there, or a bit of water.


If it likes to go in water why not show it where to find the toilet?
Good place to get food and accessories is:

zooplus

Don’t get a kitten, please adopt a cat from your local shelter. They will have a range of younger cats and older cats. We adopted an 8 year old cat and she’s brilliant, house trained and a real character. Wouldn’t be without her.
I feed mine a raw food diet (order in bulk from natural instinct) it works out about £10 - £15 a month each cat for food (I have 2 cats). And about £3 a week on cat litter (I use the gel crystals as didn’t like the wood or grit). I don’t pay for insurance but that’s a gamble I have chosen to take as if they get sick will pay the bills, but I see it as the savings made over the years will add up and would not make much difference, they are house cats so less chance of accident damage.
the cats themselves are pedigree and I paid £550 for one of them, although moggies are much cheaper, the other we rehomed as her owner died so didnt pay for.
for toys I buy pipe cleaners for 10p each as they prefer those to actual cat toys
Just pick one up off the street , feed it and it will be yours for life (or as long as you feed it ) . Cats are a pet for lazy folk who can't be bothered to be a responsible owner . Said lazy owners buy a cat flap and let their "pet " terrorise local wildlife ,kill birds and cr*p on neighbours' lawns - and they couldn't give a toss as long as it comes "home " for a few hours a day to look cute after its rampages .

Please don't start me off about cats !
£65 at my local pet store... includes jabs wtf and carry case. I just gave away 3 kittens =)
fanpages1 h, 8 m ago

If it likes to go in water why not show it where to find the toilet?


No, no, you're confused. It doesn't like to go in water. It just likes to crap in the empty sink. We put the water in there to deter her.
rogparki8 m ago

Just pick one up off the street , feed it and it will be yours for life …Just pick one up off the street , feed it and it will be yours for life (or as long as you feed it ) . Cats are a pet for lazy folk who can't be bothered to be a responsible owner . Said lazy owners buy a cat flap and let their "pet " terrorise local wildlife ,kill birds and cr*p on neighbours' lawns - and they couldn't give a toss as long as it comes "home " for a few hours a day to look cute after its rampages . Please don't start me off about cats !


Wow, tar everyone with the same brush...

Our cats are indoor cats only. They get to wander round the garden if they choose to, but as we back onto a main road, they aren't allowed to venture further.
miikeyblue2 h, 32 m ago

We've got cats. Well, she's got cats.Around a fiver a month for insurance. …We've got cats. Well, she's got cats.Around a fiver a month for insurance. Our vets participate in a scheme called 'Healthy Pets Club' - this covers the cost of their annual boosters, 6 monthly checkups, claw clipping and a few other bits - this is a tenner a month, but you also get a discount on any treatments they may need for illnesses.Food - ours eat a tin a day each, we feed them Tesco stuff but have just been told this has high salt content. Hasn't made ours ill. £4.75 for 12 tins.Toys etc can be picked up for a couple of quid a go.Cat carrier... upwards of £10. Try local charity shops or animal shelters for these.


Aldi are selling off small/medium pet carriers at the moment for £4.99 / £7.99.
cmdr_elito1 h, 18 m ago

Good place to get food and accessories is:zooplusDon’t get a kitten, p …Good place to get food and accessories is:zooplusDon’t get a kitten, please adopt a cat from your local shelter. They will have a range of younger cats and older cats. We adopted an 8 year old cat and she’s brilliant, house trained and a real character. Wouldn’t be without her.


We got what we were told was an 8 week old kitten, after a visit to the vet we found she was only about 5 weeks. She's about 11 weeks now and just starting to lose her ferral streak .
miikeyblue24 m ago

No, no, you're confused. It doesn't like to go in water. It just likes to …No, no, you're confused. It doesn't like to go in water. It just likes to crap in the empty sink. We put the water in there to deter her.


...and the plate so she has something to do when waiting for nature to happen?
rogparki50 m ago

Just pick one up off the street , feed it and it will be yours for life …Just pick one up off the street , feed it and it will be yours for life (or as long as you feed it ) . Cats are a pet for lazy folk who can't be bothered to be a responsible owner . Said lazy owners buy a cat flap and let their "pet " terrorise local wildlife ,kill birds and cr*p on neighbours' lawns - and they couldn't give a toss as long as it comes "home " for a few hours a day to look cute after its rampages . Please don't start me off about cats !


I have indoor cats that are spoiled and loved. I don’t understand people who let their cats roam all day and then you see them waiting to be let back in not all cat owners have that attitude, but you can’t tar everyone with the same brush
How much does a cat cost?

PRICELESS. You cannot put a cost on a cat. Once you're a cat lover your life is never the same......

So here is some simple advice




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Edited by: "nemesiz" 19th Jun
Insurance £60/year
wet food £10/month
dry food £10/month
flea & worming treatments £30/3 months
annual checkup & boosters £60/year

+ litter if you have an indoor cat
+ collars (I was spending £2/week on them at one point as she was galavanting and breaking the safety clips!).


Insurance is a must in my opinion if you have an outdoor cat, and I was grateful that I had it when removing a grass seed from my cat’s eye cost about £200 as she needed an operation. Indoor cats probably can’t get into so much trouble!

My cat has a wonderful life and adores the dogs. I believe that cats should be able to roam outside and seeing my cat outside enjoying herself and going for walks with the dogs in the fields is amazing.

She has a cat flap but usually comes to the door and asks to be let in.

She is utterly lazy and slept on my bed from 9am to 9pm today. She’s gone out now but will be back in a few hours after pooping on my sweet pea plants.

Be aware that your carpets, sofas and nice clothing will be scratched to some extent, no matter whether you have a scratching post near or not. Mine scratches my sofa to annoy me and get my attention; she eyeballs me and knows exactly what she is doing. If she’s being particularly bad with the scratching then I put double sided sticky tape on the and she walks off in disgust, usually having farted in protest of me having outsmarted her. It’s an ongoing battle.

I love her to bits and she makes my days happier really, as sad as it sounds. She’s good company and has a great character.

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Cats and Dogs are worth the little cost it's what, £5-10 a month for food depending on what brand and the size of the pet
A couple pound on cat litter every week
Pets are great as therapy too.
I would budget for around £50 a month, on average (to include good quality food - for a healthier cat in the short and long term - good quality litter - more absorbent and less dusty - some treats, vaccines, deworming treatments, the occasional visit to the vet, toys).

Not including potential damage to property as that varies immensely on the cat, their lifestyle, socialisation, etc.

Also not accounting for initial investment, which will be higher: carrier, bed, toys, getting the cat neutered and microchipped, etc.

If the cat gets sick, bills can get really expensive, which is more likely to happen when they’re outdoors, are old or have some genetic predispositions (if getting a specific breed, do your research first - I personally wouldn’t get a cat from a breed that is likely to carry genetic disorders just because it is cute or exotic - it is amoral, heartbreaking and the health bills will be very expensive).

In the end it will be worth all the money you spend and a lot more Cats are amazing
Just to add re vets and vaccinations - if you have a Vets4Pets nearby, they do a Vacc-for-life thing which is (I think) £99 for which you get the yearly boosters and a 6 month checkup, whereas a single set of vaccinations is £49 on its own, so that's well worth doing if you can. However I don't know how they compare for costs of any other treatment.
I hate cats. Just saying.
farmlama7 h, 44 m ago

I have indoor cats that are spoiled and loved. I don’t understand people w …I have indoor cats that are spoiled and loved. I don’t understand people who let their cats roam all day and then you see them waiting to be let back in not all cat owners have that attitude, but you can’t tar everyone with the same brush


I have a cat flap, my cat can go in and out between certain hours which we adjust with the seasons, ensuring she is in at night. If she’s out past the time the flap will still let her in so she is never waiting around outside unless she wants to just sit there as she sometimes does.
farmlama8 h, 30 m ago

I have indoor cats that are spoiled and loved. I don’t understand people w …I have indoor cats that are spoiled and loved. I don’t understand people who let their cats roam all day and then you see them waiting to be let back in not all cat owners have that attitude, but you can’t tar everyone with the same brush


My cat is an outdoor cat. I think an animal that can explore in the manner a cat quite clearly can is missing out being stuck indoors. He comes and goes as he pleases and it's that attitude that I like about him and cat in general. The neighbours seem to like him, and if they don't they can move.
OllieSt53 m ago

My cat is an outdoor cat. I think an animal that can explore in the …My cat is an outdoor cat. I think an animal that can explore in the manner a cat quite clearly can is missing out being stuck indoors. He comes and goes as he pleases and it's that attitude that I like about him and cat in general. The neighbours seem to like him, and if they don't they can move.


As a child we had cats that would roam, we also had two cats never come home. Almost everyone I know with outdoor cats has either had one go missing or get hit by a car. I would rather my cats be stuck inside than to risk them getting hurt/killed. Mine are pedigree too so a target for theives.
if you had a dog or rabbit as a pet, you wouldn’t just let it roam around, so why is it different with a cat?
farmlama10 m ago

As a child we had cats that would roam, we also had two cats never come …As a child we had cats that would roam, we also had two cats never come home. Almost everyone I know with outdoor cats has either had one go missing or get hit by a car. I would rather my cats be stuck inside than to risk them getting hurt/killed. Mine are pedigree too so a target for theives.if you had a dog or rabbit as a pet, you wouldn’t just let it roam around, so why is it different with a cat?


A cat is able to roam around, a dog and a rabbit cannot. My attitude with the possibility of my cat getting hurt or killed is better to live life to the full than be wrapped up in cotton wool. Have you seen how a cat can move around and explore outside? It's impossible for them to replicate that indoors. I can remember when it was fashionable to de-claw indoor cats, and think of what you have said. 'I would rather my cats be STUCK INSIDE'. That's my point!
Edited by: "OllieSt" 20th Jun
OllieSt11 m ago

A cat is able to roam around, a dog and a rabbit cannot. My attitude with …A cat is able to roam around, a dog and a rabbit cannot. My attitude with the possibility of my cat getting hurt or killed is better to live life to the full than be wrapped up in cotton wool. Have you seen how a cat can move around and explore outside? It's impossible for them to replicate that indoors. I can remember when it was fashionable to de-claw indoor cats, and think of what you have said. 'I would rather my cats be STUCK INSIDE'. That's my point!


Dogs could roam, many other countries have street dogs, we just have different ways over here.

i don’t feel that my cats are stuck inside, I was using your phrase. My cats are happy and loved. One of our cats was rehomed and had previously been an outside cat that lived in the countryside, she was unsocialised and we were told that she wouldn’t go near anyone other than her late owner. The neighbors of the old owner had to trap her in their summer house after putting food in there as a lure. She is now the most loving little thing that just wants affection and cuddles all the time as now she gets the love and attention that an indoor cat does and has now been socialised

i also don’t let my children hang around the streets like some parents do
Bandicoot13 h, 13 m ago

Buy it cash up front


Don't use hire purrchase cat finance.
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