So you’re ready to get a new pet. This will be a piece of cake! All I need is food, water, toys and maybe some cute bow ties for my cat or dog. Cool!
Wait!! Hold up!! Pet ownership is not that simple. Think of it like parenthood. There is much more involved in raising a pet than providing only food, water and a few toys. Have you thought about all the other expenses involved?
The true cost of pet ownership involves a full life long commitment. If you are not prepared to consider living environment, vacation arrangements for care, work, medical visits, insurance and an emergency fund for your pet you may want to reconsider.
As a volunteer, I can attest that many new pet parents grossly underestimate the cost and commitment it takes to care for a pet. But you don’t have to take my word for it. There are studies and research that support the fact that the true cost of pet ownership is more than you think. Did you know that 78% of people underestimate how much owning a dog or cat costs in the first year?
Now, think about this interesting fact for a second. Did you also know that the cost of owning a cat or dog in the first year can cost you well over $1000? See! These are costs you may not even think about as a first time pet owner! It’s shocking isn’t it?
Well I have the perfect solution! Check out this great resource, educate yourself and keep up to date on pet ownership trends with this infographic below, courtesy of Credit.com.
Read and pin this infographic for a summary of important costs to consider before adopting a pet. For more in-depth information, statistics and details on the True Cost of Pet Ownership, click on the image below or go here.
Infographic courtesy of Credit.com
Despite all the expenses, one thing is for sure…our pets are worth it! I hope you found this post informative and fun! No matter how much the cost, I can attest that the return of investment is worth it! The love and memories you’ll create, share and remember are priceless.
Are you a new pet parent? Do you have a pet already? What costs did you neglect to anticipate before becoming a pet parent? Share your comments below. Don’t forget to pin and share this post using the social icons below!