How much does a cat really cost? Dr. Katrina Warren shares what to expect as a new owner | Exclusive

Cats are a popular pet in Australia and although they are generally more independent and easier to care for than dogs, owning a cat is a long-term commitment and they have ongoing health and welfare needs .

Cats can live up to 20 years, with the average lifespan being 12 to 18 years. That’s much longer than a dog, which lives an average of around 10 to 13 years.

But there are still plenty of costs to plan for if you’re considering buying or adopting one into your home.

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Cats are loyal and beautiful pets with a long lifespan, so it’s important that you’re prepared to take care of them when you decide to bring one home. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

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Purchase price

Adopting or buying a house cat can cost between $50 and $350. But the price of purebred cats will increase dramatically, ranging in price from $400 to $2,000 or more, depending on who you buy from.

other costs

In addition to the purchase price, there are a number of other costs you will need to pay for your new cat or kitten.

Vaccinations, microchip, de-exation – this varies greatly between vet clinics and whether your cat is female or male, but around $600 to $1000

Registering your cat – it will cost from $50 to $90.

collar and tag – these can cost around $40.

Food – food will cost around $350 to $600 or more per year, depending on the brand, plus treats.

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The owner gives the cat a flea treatment.
Regular flea and worm treatments will cost around $100 to $150 per year. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

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Flea and Worm Treatments – will be around $100 to $150 per year.

Transport container – a carrier is needed to transport your cat to and from places outside the home, and will cost $50 to $150.

Litter and box – it can cost anywhere from $120 to $240/year.

scratching post – $30 to $200, depending on fancy.

Beds and blankets – these can cost around $100-200, although they can also be found second-hand for less. The same goes for shipping crates.

Gray-white tabby cat plays with a cat feather toy.
Accessories like toys, hairbrushes, and nail clippers can cost around $60 or more. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Toys – these will cost around $30.

Brush, nail clipper – these will cost $30 or more.

Animal insurance – this is recommended and will cost you around $250 to $600 per year.

Veterinary treatment in progress – will be needed in case of unexpected illness or injury – it can be thousands.

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