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Which is Cheaper: Cats or Dogs? (Infographic)

Which is Cheaper: Cats or Dogs? (Infographic)

Are you thinking of getting a cat or dog, but want to know the financial impact? Look no further than the chart below.

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7:36PM PDT on Jun 15, 2013

uhm what type of dog only eats $120 in dog food? A chihuahua? Our dog eats that much in 3 months. And you really ought to buy better quality food for your animals!

3:38AM PDT on Jun 13, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

7:22AM PDT on May 22, 2013

Very interesting, thanks for sharing. :)

4:12PM PDT on May 21, 2013

It costs more than $115 a year to feed a cat unless you are feeding them a low quality dry cheap cat food. Same goes for the dog amount listed. Low quality food will sustain the cat or dog early but after time, they will both get sick and die earlier than pets provided better quality food. You don't need health insurance and grooming (you can groom both yourself and save on this expense and taking care of them with better food will keep them healthy from the moment you get them). Vetting also very important and can be done at Clinic cheaper without a vet for extremely reasonable costs and you have only to do this ONCE or when adopted (at shelter who will make sure the dog or cat is healthy and vetted). You can even get rabies shots (once every three years (3 in 1) shot) by ACC at nominal cost or even free under certain conditions. Don't let the cost stop you from rescuing or adopting a cat or dog. Have both and both are worth the trouble. It is easier however to own a dog if you work from home or are home early rather than later in the day. Cats are easy maintenance and loving and don't require the attention a dog needs but both are great companions.

3:55PM PDT on May 21, 2013

While focusing on the financial only is the wrong way to go. You can get a cat or dog for free from someone rehoming with vetting and neuter or you can foster for a rescue (the rescue pays for both dogs and cats food and care). So many die daily without fosters or rescue. You can feed a dog easier than a cat without dog food but a cat probably not as easier. The high cost of dog and cat food make most people shy away from pets as well as pet health care. There are ways around this. You can go to organizations that promote free or low cost spay/neutering and vaccinations and if you keep your cat INDOORS, they will be very healthy. I do not feel declawing is necessary and training a cat to use scratching post is easy. Cats are independent and not needy and dogs are more dependent, both are equally smart. I do believe that you can give them a good quality food without having to buy the high end dog food by feeding rice/carrots/chicken and/or rice/carrots/beef or turkey. Its actually cheaper than buying canned food. (You can freeze the food in packs when you make it) for a week or feed as needed). As a result, you can have good food (no additives, no allergies and a healthy dog) and no need for vet care that often. You can also supplement with home made treats when needed. The stuff they sell in the stores have a lot of additives!

8:50PM PDT on May 12, 2013

Excellent Graphic thanks

2:37AM PDT on May 3, 2013


5:40AM PDT on May 1, 2013

Maria A, actually studies have shown that the birth rate in this country has declined in the past few years due to more couples postponing or opting not to have children at all due to the financial cost of having and raising them. I know that for us, environmental concerns as well as not being able to afford a third child tied at the top of the list of Very Good Reasons for me to get "spayed" after our second child was born!

That having been said, the lower cost of having a cat is another reason I prefer cats to dogs. Don't get me wrong-I love dogs, but cats are more self-reliant and don't need entertaining all the time, they don't chew your shoes or the furniture legs, they don't eat nasty stuff out of the garbage (and get "garbage gastritis" as a result), they don't make a ton of noise Barking Violently At Nothing, and they don't need to be taken outside at ungodly hours in equally ungodly weather to "take care of business."

But we're not getting a pet any time soon-I've already said that until my husband and kids learn to pull their own weight around here and clean up after themselves, we're not adding any critters to the family. I already have to slave after three living things that "shed"-I don't need the added jobs of dealing with a pet too!

10:05PM PDT on Apr 29, 2013

$115 a year on cat food? LOL! What are you feeding your cats, cheese doodles? I spend $60+ a month on cat food because I make damn sure they get the nice stuff. High quality food now prevents serious vet trips later. I also spend roughly $30 a month on litter, and as far as vet visits, $160 a year is a joke. Even for one cat, I spend more than that. I get them routine teeth cleanings, check ups, grooming, etc. No, I'm not rich, I just take extremely good care of my cats because they're like my children. And in the end, 4 cats are far, far cheaper than even 1 child, so as far as I'm concerned I'm saving a great deal of money anyhow :)

7:28PM PDT on Apr 29, 2013

None of the cats I've had chewed anything expensive. The dogs on the other hand, chewed books, laptop cords, furniture, etc.

I love cats just as much as dogs though. Animals are priceless!

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