Cat Adoption Budget

Our little feline friends are great consumers. Cats can live a long time, and it is not uncommon for them to reach their teens. Some cats even live into their twenties! It's important to set up a cat adoption budget before you decide to adopt a cat.


Here is a sample budget. Prices have been left out because they vary depending on where you live; visit the local humane society, pet store, or vet to get costs for your areas. Owning a cat requires both significant long-term emotional and financial commitments!

One Time Costs

  • Kitten shots. If you have a kitten, it will require at least a couple of sets of shots until its immune system is fully developed. Once it matures it need only go to the vet once a year for a booster (barring any unforeseen medical conditions, of course).

  • Collar, leash, and harness. It's a good idea to have both a collar and a harness; if you plan on letting your cat outside, put her on her harness and leash. Cats are very adept at escaping their collars.

  • Litter box and scoop.

  • Food and water bowls.

  • Scratching post. Give your cat an alternative to shredding your furniture and carpets!

  • Kennel. Good for car rides (many cats do not enjoy cars!), vacations, moving day, etc.

  • Brush/comb, and nail clippers.

  • Spay/neuter surgery. There are simply not enough homes for all of our homeless pets. Keep the pet population down by spaying or neutering your pet.

  • Permanent identification. Have your pet tattooed or microchipped just in case he or she gets lost. Tattooing can be done at the same time as the spay/neuter surgery, and microchipping is a quick and painless process done by injection.

  • Cat bed. This isn't a necessary expense at all; most cats are perfectly content to curl up on your bed! If you want to encourage kitty to sleep in her own bed, or if you just think she would like her own "private" spot, then there are many types of cat beds available.

Recurring Costs

  • Food. Try to find your cat primarily dry food; it's better for her teeth. You can also mix in a little canned food or provide canned food as an occasional treat.

  • Treats.

  • Kitty litter. Look for high-quality kitty litter; lower-quality litter tends to product a lot of dust, which kitty can breathe in when she's doing her business.

  • Annual vet visit. Adult cats need an annual booster shot. The vet can do a check-up at the same time.

  • Furball medication. Cats are fastidiously clean and groom themselves constantly. Inevitably they swallow some of their fur, which can result in a buildup in their stomachs ... leading to the dreaded furball. Medication can help to alleviate furballs in your feline.

  • Grooming. Cats will need their claws trimmed periodically; you can ask your vet to show you how to do this yourself, or you can take your cat to the groomers to get it done.

  • Toys. Keep your cat indoors and provide it with a toys to keep it entertained and happy.

  • Boarding. Most people prefer not to take their cats on vacations. Check with some local kennels to determine the cost of a night's stay.

Other Costs

  • Unforeseen medical costs, including dental care. Like people, your cat may sometimes get sick or require dental care. If you are worried about additional medical costs, you may want to look into purchasing pet insurance for peace of mind.

  • Re-upholstering! It's not always possible to stop your cat from shredding the furniture. If your mischievous little feline is the type to sneak in a few scratches, you might want to budget in the cost of re-upholstering some furniture.

Of course, every cat is different and you may want to add your own points to this cat adoption budget list.


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