Budgeting for a kitten

Budgeting For A Kitten

Although usually less expensive than dogs, cats do still demand a monthly budget, as well as the initial cost when adopting a kitten.

Working out a budget and ensuring you can afford a pet is essential before deciding to adopt a kitten. And there is plenty to think about.

The cost of adopting a kitten or cat varies depending on the organisation or cat rescue centre you choose. As a general guide, the price can range from £20 to £120. These fees go towards the shelter's running costs and may also cover the cost of vaccinating and neutering your kitten.

In preparation for the arrival of your new pet, you will need to buy pet food and dishes, a bed, litter box, litter and probably a cat carrier for transporting her home. You may also want to purchase some cat toys, although you can easily make your own. See our guide to cat toys for ideas and tips.

Preparing for the unexpected

Probably the biggest cost to take into consideration is veterinary bills. Certain bills are planned, such as vaccinations, de-worming and flea prevention. You may also want to microchip your kitten if she goes outside, so she can be found and recognised if she gets lost.

But it is the unexpected vet bills which can prove most expensive. The cost of treatment, or even a stay at the clinic following an accident or illness, can run into the thousands. Although a monthly cost, pet insurance, where available, can help you cover unplanned veterinary bills.

An often forgotten cost when budgeting is the price of boarding if you go away on holiday. Perhaps you have friends or family able to care for your pet while you are away, but if not, it is another expense to consider.

There's no such thing as a 'free' kitten. Even if you adopt a kitten from an unwanted litter, your new pet will still need to be budgeted for each month.
Choosing a long or short haired cat is not just an aesthetic choice - long haired cats may require professional grooming, which can add another cost to your budget.