5 Unexpected Costs of Pets*
Taking care of a pet is a huge responsibility, and not everybody considers the cost of a pet when they are cooing over them at the pet store and excitement takes over their judgement. Not only are pets a big responsibility for the owners, but they are also a burden on the purse strings. It is very important to consider the unexpected costs of pets before you get carried away and fill your home with animals! Each point has an estimated value to help you with your budgeting.
Keeping Your Pets Clean
The majority of animals are great at keeping themselves clean, but the owner still has a responsibility to take care of the pet’s hygiene and cleanliness. There are some areas of cleaning that pets can’t do themselves, such as dental hygiene and the cleaning of their bedding and sleeping areas. Pets that live in cages need to have their cages cleaned and their bedding changed, and this cost can build up over time. A good way to prepare for it is to buy the cleaning products and bedding in bulk when you first buy the pet. This will mean that you won’t have to worry about the expense for a while.
Cost: Approx. £50 a month.
The Dreaded Fleas
One of the common problems for pets is the dreaded flea infestation. This usually isn’t down to the cleanliness of the home; pets that venture outside are likely to come across fleas eventually. They can be troublesome little pests and, if not dealt with right away, can rack up some pretty hefty cleaning bills to get rid of them. There are flea collars, shampoos, and other cleaning products that will kill fleas off eventually, but it’s another pet cost that isn’t always considered.
Cost: Approx. £15 a treatment, with more for additional products.
Everybody likes a bit of playtime, and that includes our pets! But these costs can get out of hand if you don’t put some kind of budget together or you don’t learn to curb your enthusiasm and excitement when you visit your pet shop. You can quickly become like a kid in a sweet shop and purchase everything on the shelves. You shouldn’t become too stingy though, as all pets need to be kept stimulated and entertained in order for them to develop into great pets.
Cost: Approx. £20 a month – unless you get carried away! It can also be minimised hugely by creating your own games, making pillow tunnels, using toilet rolls or even tying some feathers with string onto a stick.
Sadly, there are going to be times where health will become an issue for pets – whether it is because of accidents, injuries or illness. Vet bills can quickly add up, especially for older pets that may be more susceptible to being poorly and need to visit the vet more often. Pet insurance is available, and is highly recommended by many. More Th>n offer pet insurance and also offer multi pet insurance.
Cost: Approx. £15-50 for one-off check-ups, but this can escalate hugely if treatment is needed.
Try to keep your pet top up with the correct treatment they need for example worm and flea prevention treatment as as well as cutting cost for you it is just good pet ownership.
One pet, two pets, three pets or more; they all need to eat! It seems like an obvious point to make, but many pet owners do not consider the cost that comes with keeping pets well-nourished and healthy. On top of regular food, there are also special treats to consider too, because all pets need something a little naughty once in a while. Making a food budget for your pet is always a good idea, because it is easy to get carried away when you want to spoil your pets.
Cost: Approx. £20 a week for pet food for really large pets it is much less for a smaller animal (Like Lola cat) also depending on the size and appetite of the pet and whether they are on dry or wet food.