(Closed) How much do you pay per month for a cat? (Food, litter toys etc)

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We spend about $30-$40 a month. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@chasesgirl:  I feed my cats Wellness food, which is much healthier than, say, Meow Mix… But I think it saves on vet bills in the long run! It’s $35 for an 11 lb bag, which lasts about 2 months for two hungry cats. Litter is about $15/month but I buy the pricier crystal litter. (I think it absorbs the smells better.) Toys and scratching posts get replaced as needed… Less than $50 per year. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I probably spend around $30/month on food & litter.  Toys are pretty cheap if that cat is like mine and only likes to play with the little mice you get in packs of 10 for $2.  Haha  Scratching posts can get a bit pricey if you want to go all out and buy a “tree” so he can climb on it too.  I think I paid $100 for mine, on sale.

You should also take meds into consideration- We’ve had a terrible flea problem recently and her flea meds are around $20 each month.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My cat can’t eat dry food, so I end up spending a little more on food than some others, plus litter probably about 40-50 a month, not counting the once a year he gets his shots and check up. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

cats are cheaper then dogs until something is wrong with them.  

I have 2 cats and the monthly cost for them was totally affordable until my one cat developed diabetes.  Now we have spent over $4000 in the past 4 months.  The food is now more expensive because she needs a low carb/ low glycemic specialty canned food.  Which you can still find for cheap But we need to buy her insulin and bg strips etc.   we have found a more cost effective way to treat her at home but its still expensive.  

I guess I’m saying, to keep costs down with pets, cats or dogs, take them to the vet regularly and feed them good diets.   

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012


I spend around 30 on litter a month, 10 on dry cat food per month, 12 every 2 or 3 months on wet catfood (I gave him 2 wet cat foods a week), and a couple bucks each month on toys.  So all in all aroung $50 per month.  

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@chasesgirl:  I have a kitten so I buy Iams kitten chow- $8 four pound bag. $2 for wet food (this is a treat) We have had her 6 months, and she goes to the bathroom so little that we’ve only had to buy litter twice! So I guess around $15.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@ThreeMeers:  yep!   I wish I had of known earlier that dry food is pretty much slowly killing your cat!!!  I feel so guilty now for feeding her dry food her whole life and not seeing what it was doing to her insides.  

Like I always say – dry food for cats is like humans eating McDonald’s every Meal every day – ewww

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Food – I think $15 but lasts two months. She loooves Purina One. I’ll feed her Purina wet food too.

Litter – $6 (she prefers the cheap non-clumping Tidy Cat kind. Yay for me!). I also have a little petite kitty so she doesn’t eat too much. Haha.

Toys – her favorite scratching post is one of those two tier ones with carpet only and it’s about $30. I’ve replaced it twice in the past four years. And then she has other random toys that cost basically nothing. The one that makes her go batshit crazy is a balled up piece of foil. Old hair ties are probably a close second for her.

ETA: We also grow a catnip plant.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

FI and I just adopted a cat (6 months old) two weeks ago. Our start-up costs were about $100 (litter, litter box, scooper, small cat tree/house/scratching post/treats/catnip mice/brush/kitten food). So worth it, though!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@ThreeMeers:  Thanks for the link!  I’ve been looking for a different kind of food for my cat (I’m currently feeding her Purina One Beyond), but I wasn’t sure where to look for reviews online that weren’t “sponsored” by big brands.

@RockStar33:  I’ve never heard that dry food is terrible for cats, I’ve actually heard the opposite.  My MIL’s cat only ate wet food all her life and her teeth have all gotten soft and fallen out because of it.  I’m curious now!  How is it like feeding McDonald’s to your cat?  Or do you just mean the cheap brands?

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@RockStar33:  If you read up on it, its less the dry food and more the grains in most dry foods that is the culprit. They now have good high protein, grain free cat foods.

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