Estimated cost of having a cat
 

PLEASE NOTE THAT ANY ASSUMPTION AND CALCULATION MADE IN THIS ARTICLE IS BASED ON OUR CATTERY'S HIGH QUALITY LIVING STANDARD. THIS IS JUST FOR ONE CAT, MULTIPLE CATS EXPENSE MAY BE CALCULATED MULTIPLYING THE NUMBER OF CATS.
 

  1. Acquiring the kitten (newly born kittens, but not retired breeding cats)
    Shelter adopted: around $100
    Pure-bred from reputable breeder: around $2,000, varies by cattery

     

  2. Shipping (if applicable)
    Cargo: around $300, varies by destination
    Nanny: around $600, varies by destination
    For international students bringing cats back to their motherland: around $2,000, varies by airline

     

  3. Food (we use instinct canned as example based on their feeding guidelines, varies by types and brands)
    around $90 monthly

     

  4. Cat Litter (we use purina yesterday's news as example, assuming fulling changing the cat litter twice a month)
    around $20 monthly

     

  5. Supplies
    2 litter boxes (changed yearly): around $60 yearly
    1 cat tree (may change according to owner preferences): $100-200, could be more
    many scratch boards (as it will be worn-out, you will need to buy refills): around $20 monthly
    Cat treats (we use inaba churu as example, though this is not essential): around $40 yearly
    Supplements (such as urinary tract support, hairball solution, etc.): around $20 monthly
    Toys (an estimate for buying 2 toys monthly, 1 wand +1 plush): around $15 monthly

     

  6. Vet routine care including yearly examination, vaccinations: around $200 based on the vet hospital you would bring your cat to
     

  7. Emergency funds: at least $3,000, accidents can happen and you better be prepared (swallowing foreign objects, urinary blockage due to cat's own biological character or improper feeding by owner, and more)

    I did not include insurance here because it is up to each individual to purchase insurance for their cats or not. But still I highly suggest purchasing cat insurance because it saves you a lot of money when it comes to emergency.

 

Summary

One time expenses including:
Acquiring the kitten, shipping, cat tree
Could be low to $200 or higher than $4,000 based on how and where you acquire your kitten

Life-long monthly expenses including:

Food, cat litter, supplies, routine care
Could be low to $160 monthly or higher than $200 monthly based on the life quality you give your kitten

 

Emergency fund:
At least $3,000