For cat owners, especially for those planning to adopt their first cat, life isn’t all about meows and plays; you got to prepare a lot of things which involves quite a lot of money. There are the common things we can plan like food, shelter, litter, toys and the usual payables. However, sudden things happen in life and unexpected costs can come along those situations. So, to give an overview of pet ownership and help you expect the unexpected costs of owning a cat, these are some of the things to look out for.
One of the most unplanned and unfortunate situations are medical emergencies. Cats can get sick and accidents can happen so preparing for emergencies should be considered. The way to help reduce the risk of medical emergencies is by making sure your kitty gets an annual checkup to check and cure any illnesses before they get critical. Of course, this still involves money but it’s a good health investment than to spend thousand of dollars when it becomes too late. Additionally, there’s pet insurance which can help with pet emergencies and can save you from high costs of medical bills.
Furniture Replacement or Repair
Clawed furniture, scratched up wooden doors, ripped window screens and sprayed drapes that all need to be replaced or repaired are among the unexpected costs of owning a cat. Of course, this can be easily avoided with properly training your calico. However, if you’ve got a new kitty and an untrained one, then you have to prepare for these eventualities as to not let it strain your relationship with your pet.
Non-Refundable Pet Deposits
For cat owners living in rented apartments or housing units, there are those that require non-refundable pet deposits. It can be as low as $10 monthly or paying a lump sum of $200 for one-time fee; the fee depends on the establishment rate. So, if you’re moving to a new place and never had to pay for your pets stay in your previous home, then this non-refundable pet deposit can add up to the unexpected costs of owning a cat.
Pet Sitting or Pet Boarding
You have a business trip that will last for a week or you’re set to travel with your friend for a month. You can’t bring your cat with you and unfortunately, you can’t leave your pet to any of the people you know for various reasons. This calls for pet sitting or pet boarding which is among the list of unexpected costs of having a cat.
Pet boarding is leaving your cat at a daycare for pets or a vet facility where he or she can be taken care of. However, some facilities can have quite a “dreary and cold” environment which can stress out your kitty. In these cases, pet sitting is a better alternative. Your cat is at home and can still have comfortable living situation. Pet sitters who are either just coming in to care for the pets at certain times or living in the house can keep your cat company and make them happier than in an unfamiliar environment of boarding facilities.
Finally, another unexpected costs of owning a cat is opportunity cost. This doesn’t have monetary value but you’re losing the value of time to do other things; your responsibilities as a pet owner requires you to sacrifice some opportunities. For instance, people may have to miss some bonding with office mates to go home and feed their pets. At times you got to take your pet to the vet instead of joining your friends at a party. Of course, depending on you, the value of opportunity costs differs by how much you love your cat.
Unexpected costs of owning a cat aren’t things to be afraid of or get discouraged with. These are simply challenges that cat owners can get through as long as they value their cats more than money. Still, we wouldn’t want to put cat parents in financial troubles; awareness of these costs can help pet owners predict and manage their finances well.