How to Budget for Your Pet

Author Adidas Wilson
3 min readOct 2, 2020

Owning a pet may cost you $560 to $1764 a year.

This is a lot of money. It makes you wonder why anyone would own a pet. But pets are worth that and more. And if you are thinking of becoming a pet owner, go for it. However, there are things you should consider first.

In another case, you may already own a pet and you have no idea how to incorporate it into your budget. Whatever your situation, this post is aimed at helping you.

How Much Does It Cost to Own a Pet? Dog Costs

Initially, a dog will cost you somewhere from $680 to $4495. There is the adoption fee, vaccinations, food bowls and other essentials.

From there, you can expect to spend $50 to $80 every month for food, poop bags, etc. Annual expenses will include the monthly expenses plus toys, routine cares, among other things. The total annual cost could range from $770 to $660.

Note that other expenses may come up such as a major medical issue and grooming.

Cat Costs

Initially a cat will cost $435 to $2405. This includes adoption fee, litter box, neuter, etc. The monthly expenses may be anywhere from $35 to $72.

The annual expenses will include the monthly expenses, toys, routine care and pest prevention. Total annual expenses range from $560 to $1764.

You may incur other extra costs such as grooming and major medical issues.

Some Pet Costs Break Down Breeders Vs Pet Stores Vs Adoption

When it comes to getting a dog or a cat, you have several options.

With breeders and pet stores, you get matched with an animal based on its temperament and your lifestyle. Breeders tend to be picky and breed selectively. They can even help you get a pet that is hypoallergenic. But then there is the price.

You need to know, however, that you won’t get a pet for free in most shelters.

Whatever path you choose, budget for the costs.

Medical Expenses

The first medical expense you should think of is neutering or spaying. And it can be expensive. If you get a pet that already has this done, well and good. You will save money.



Author Adidas Wilson

Adidas Wilson was born in Chicago, surviving a near death experience driving off a bridge in an 18 wheeler and getting hit by a train. Author and Motivator