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May 30 2013

The Cost of Owning a Kitten in the First Year is How Much!!

094574003The costs associated with getting a kitten.

I was recently asked how much it will cost to get a new kitten.  Well, sit down so the sticker shock doesn’t knock you off your feet.

Kittens need 3 sets of vaccinations starting at 6-8 weeks old.

1st Visit: $140

  • Physical examination
  • Fecal examination
  • Distemper #1 (FVRCP)
  • Deworming
  • 1st dose of flea preventative typically free

2nd Visit:  $30

  • Distemper #2 (FVRCP)

3rd Visit:  $60

  • Distemper #3 (FVRCP)
  • Rabies vaccination
*If you will be letting the kitten go outside then she will need  2 leukemia vaccinations which are $25 each.
*She may also need to be tested for certain viruses, FeLV and FIV, $50
Between 4-6 months old: $150-$370
  • (Female) Spay $270
  • (Female) Spay and declaw front toe nails $370
  • (Male) Neuter $150
  • (Male) Neuter and declaw front toe nails $275

12 month box of Revolution®: $200

  • The kitten will need to stay on monthly flea, tick and heartworm prevention.  Here in the south, it’s year round prevention.

Kitten Food: $150 ($12.50 x 12 months)

Clumping Cat Litter: $50 ($10 every 2 months for 12 months)

So, for a healthy kitten we are looking at $800-$1000 for the first year.  Vaccinations will continue yearly for the rest of her life.

Should any health issues arise, it will be anywhere from $40-$60 just to walk in the door for a physical examination.  Diagnostics and medications can be several hundred dollars and a broken leg will start at about $1,000.

For any new puppies and kittens, I recommend pet insurance.  There are several companies that will meet your individual needs.

Take Us Home!

Take Us Home!

I don’t want to discourage anyone from getting a kitten or a puppy, but want to make you aware of the potential costs of doing so.  Please go get one at your local SPCA!

*I have written this as a basic guideline.  There are also low cost clinics, spay and neuter assistance programs, pet store clinics and online pet pharmacies. These are approximate costs based on an AAHA accredited veterinary clinic in Houston, Texas and can vary greatly depending on location of veterinary clinic and individual veterinary clinic protocols.
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