How much is a cat's life worth

What does a cat cost? We'll tell you

If you have been thinking about getting a cat for a long time, you have probably also wondered what a cat will cost you. The acquisition costs are not enough. The equipment for a cat-friendly apartment, cat food, veterinary costs and maybe cat insurance must also be considered. With us you get a cost estimate of what the cost of keeping a cat per month and how expensive a cat's life is.

That costs a cat to buy

Regardless of whether you want an outdoor cat or an indoor cat, you are sure to find what you are looking for at the local animal shelter. There are numerous cats waiting for a new home, which have usually already been examined by a veterinarian, neutered and vaccinated. Many animal shelters charge a collection fee between 100 and 250 euros. This is intended to cover your own costs on the one hand, but also to prevent the cat from being bought on a whim and being returned to the shelter after a short time. If you value a breeding cat, you have to reckon with significantly higher acquisition costs of 600 to 1200 euros depending on the breed. Particularly rare breeds can be even more expensive. The cheapest are cats from private supply, which are often offered in the newspaper's classifieds. Here you have to expect additional veterinary costs for examinations and vaccinations. You can find out more about the veterinary costs for a cat below in the text.

Before the cat can move in with you, you should make your home cat-friendly so that it immediately feels welcome.

The cat's home - that's how much the basic equipment costs

The basic equipment of every cat apartment includes water and drinking bowls, a scratching post, a transport box and of course a litter box. If you have decided on a free-roaming cat, there may be costs for a cat flap. In the event that you have bought an indoor cat and have a balcony, please make sure you have a balcony net. This is how you protect your cat from accidents and from running away. In addition, window locks are a sensible investment. You can also buy a collar for your cat - with a bell for an outdoor cat -, a basket, brushes and toys. The range of basic cat equipment ranges from simple to luxurious: Calculate costs of at least 70 euros.

Every now and then the cat is happy about a new toy, so you should plan on adding around 50 euros a year here. In our guide for cat toys you will find information and instructions to build yourself.

Food, treats, cat litter - what does a cat cost per month?

Of course, a cat doesn't only live from being petted. A healthy diet and a little treat in between are a must! The Purina ONE® The range includes cat food for all phases of life and special needs. In this way you can ensure that your cat is well fed into old age. Cat litter for the litter box is also one of the monthly errands when keeping a cat. For litter and food, the costs are between 30 and 50 euros per month, depending on the cat breed. You can also pamper your house tiger with treats and cat grass.

Veterinary expenses for a cat

If you have bought a cat from a private owner, up to 200 euros are due for castration, rabies vaccination, basic immunization and chipping. Additional, regular costs at the vet are wormers and vaccinations, which can cost up to 150 euros a year. If the cat does get sick, there are of course additional costs for visits to the vet. You should therefore think about pet health insurance or set aside some money for such cases. You can take out cat health insurance for 5 to 8 euros a month and thus also cover your beloved cat for operations and medical treatment.

That costs a cat a year

  • Acquisition costs (one-off costs): 200 - 1200 euros
  • Basic equipment (one-off costs): from 70 euros
  • Cat food, litter, treats: 360 - 600 euros
  • Veterinary costs: 150 euros (varies depending on the case)
  • Toys: 50 euros

A cat costs you around 800 euros in the first year, possibly even more. There are running costs of around 560 euros per year. Since a cat lives on average 15 years old, you will have to pay at least 9,000 euros. So, this is the number to keep in mind before buying a cat or cats. So check carefully whether you can and want to afford this in the long term, because a cat is neither a gift nor an accessory, but a living being for which you will be responsible for a long time and which trusts in you.

Cat boarding or cat sitter - what to do with the cat on vacation?

In our bill, possible costs for a cat sitter or a cat boarding house are not included, but in the case of a holiday without a cat, they are added to the annual costs. What is the better choice for your cat must be decided individually. Both the cat pension and the cat sitter have advantages and disadvantages. If you opt for the cat pension, the cat will be looked after around the clock, in an emergency a veterinarian will be called immediately and the apartment will also be protected from the whims of your cat during your absence. The disadvantage is that your cat has to get used to a new environment and also to other cats. Here are the advantages of the cat sitter. The cat can stay in its usual home and the litter box is cleaned regularly and food and water are provided. This is also the disadvantage of the cat sitter: the cat is alone most of the time, is bored and therefore tends to let off steam in your apartment. Ultimately, the decision in favor of the boarding house or the cat sitter depends on the character of your cat.

If you choose a long-haired cat, you may also have to pay for professional grooming. Do not base your decision on a particular breed solely on aesthetic factors.
Nothing is free! There are no cats that cost nothing! Even if you buy a cat and do not pay an agency fee - for example because it comes from an unwanted litter - you will have to pay the monthly costs for food for a cat, for example.