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Table 3-1

Annual Costs of Caring for Various Species of Pets

Costs

Notes

Small
Dog

Medium
Dog

Large
Dog

Cat

Rabbit

Guinea
Pig

Small
Small
Mammal Bird

Fish

Annual Costs
Food

1

$55

$120

$235

$115

$190

$105

$50

$75

Recurring
medical

2

$210

$235

$260

$160

$70

$70

Litter

3

$165

$415

$415

$210

$25

$40

$30

$25

$25

$20

$85

Toys/treats

$40

$55

$75

License

$15

$15

$15

$225

$225

$225

$175

$35

$45

$65

$30

$15

$15

$15

$15

$15

$580

$695

$875

$670

$730

$635

$300

$200

$35

$190

$200

$220

$145

$160

$70

$70

$70

$130

$25

$30

$35

$10

$70

$40

$70

Health insurance

4

Miscellaneous
Annual total
Capital Costs
Spay/neuter
Other initial
medical

5

Collar/leash
Litter box

$25

Scratching post

$15

Cage

$100

Carrier bag

$40

$60

Crate

$35

$95

Aquarium
equipment

$25

$40

$40

$125

6

$200

Training class

$110

$110

$110

Capital total

$470

$565

$560

$264

$320

$408

$1,314

$1,580

$1,843

$365

$325

$70

$40

$70

$200

$1,035

$1,055

$705

$340

$270

$235

Special Costs
Long hair
Grooming
First year total
1. Premium brand dry kibble.
2. Exam, vaccinations, heartworm preventative, and topical flea/tick preventative.
3. Scoopable litter for cats, scooped daily; hardwood shavings or recycled paper products for rabbits, guinea pigs, and small mammals, changed at least weekly.
4. Insurance coverage varies; some policies cover spay/neuter, vaccinations, and heartworm medication.
The annual deductible will also vary depending on the policy.
5. Deworming, basic blood tests, and microchip.
6. Basic 20-gallon set-up with light/hood, outside filter, undergravel filters, air pump, and gravel. Does not include fish.
Reprinted with permission from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). "Pet Care Costs," http://www
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