Worming? Mine gets through 6 cans of food per week at 2.80 I think. He has a special flea collar that lasts about 4mths – cost 27.
Having had a flea infestation in the house, it’s well worth £10/month for Advantage: http://www.vetuk.co.uk/flea-treatments-advantage-flea-control-c-3_660
The local flea population is completely immune to the much cheaper and more common Frontline.Posted 3 years ago
You need to add on pet insurance too. Have a problem and you’ll soon be very happy you did.
We self insure and are still quids in even after a £500 bill for an overnight stay and investigations for an infection which just came and went without ever being diagnosed.Posted 3 years agotonyg2003Subscriber
Self insurance is fine – provided you have the cash aside. We have two stupid highly strung pedigree cats – a British Shorthair Tabby and a British Shorthair Silver Spotted. I’m sure the insurance will work out as a good option for them two. Our previous Moggy we didn’t insure and never had an issue.Posted 3 years agowelshfarmerSubscriber
Jeez. Mine pays me to live here (effectively). I used to pay a pest control firm £120 a quarter to keep the rats and mice under control on the farm. A feral cat took up residence in the shed and is now my tax deductible pest controller. She will take on mice, rats, rabbits etc. Mind you she now lives in the house and gets through a few kilos of dried food a month. But I do not begrudge her a bit of it. Probably costing me less than a quarter of what the pest controller was costing, and waking up to the cat eating a baby rabbit under the bed is something money can’t buy 🙂Posted 3 years agomindmap3Member
Ours is a fussy little bleeder and will only eat posh food…Sheeba at a bare minimum. She’ll turn her nose up at Whiskers or Felix.
I reckon she costs us about seven quid a week in food, cat milk (she won’t drink normal milk but loves the cat specific stuff) and treats. She’s addicted to cheesy cat treats and won’t eat owt until she gets these first. Her willpower is pretty strong too…if you don’t give in she won’t eat which means her food goes manky and gets binned which annoys me more than giving in!
Her pet insurance is £8 per month and we paid a one off fee for her top up jabs for the life of the cat which is much better than £30 each year. Not sure what the worming and flea stuff costs.Posted 3 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
2 cats – rough cost of living based exchange rate conversion
Eating quality food (actually quality not just expensive) which is £15/month
Supplementary dry food £10/month ish
Insurance about £20 for both
So about £45 normal running costs, add in flea and tick treatment quarterly at what ever your paying and I’ve no idea how much their prozac costs.
The cat sitter is about £5/day but that gets the post collected, both fed, bins put out and the garden & plants watered when we are away.Posted 3 years agoeruptronMember
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Please train it to use a litter tray so it’s not shitting in all your neighbours gardens.
Please train your dog owners to stop letting their dogs crapping all over the world and leaving it or putting it in a bag and hanging it in a tree.
At least a cat is smart enough to go out on it’s own to crap and can bury it in a hole 🙂Posted 3 years ago
“self insurance?” Good luck with that – one of ours suffered a broken leg which ended up costing the insurance company £6k. If we hadn’t had insurance he would now be a 3 legged cat.
Well on average self insurance will be cheaper (otherwise the insurance business would be bankrupt).Posted 3 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
We’re borrowing one from our neighbour at the mo, she’s decided we’re way cooler than them. No food costs, no medication, ideal (OK, so we only get a visit for about an hour a day when she can be bothered, but then that seems to be what cat ownership is like too)Posted 3 years agochickenmanSubscriber
£5 a week on Whiskas. Had 3 visits to a vet over the course of 9 years (cost £250 in total).Posted 3 years ago
No insurance: If he brakes a leg or gets or gets cancer/diabetes he gets put down, simples. We love him to bits, but just don’t get why people compartmentalise animals into ones you treat as your children and those that you eat….WeaselMember
£29 per month for sensitive food pouches- luckily at cost price, another fiver or so on sensitive biscuits
Pointless insurance that covers nothing £10 per month – I’m now considering the self insurance/saving option, as most annual quotes are over £25 a month for a 10 year old Persian.Posted 3 years agoapjMember
Long-term medication much cheaper is you get a script and buy it online, or if you try to do that most vets will price-match online. Paying list price on long-term meds is a bit of a con: one cat was on home-administered saline for c. 6 months and the vet dropped the price to a third of their initial price when asked for a script. When asked why they tried to get away with such high prices they said “we wouldn’t make as much money if we didn’t” which was honest at least.
Struggling to equate “loving to bits” with “we’d put him down if he broke his leg”….Posted 3 years ago
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