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Are Dogs Or Cats More Expensive?

Thursday, June 27, 2013


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RONNIEHUEY 6/30/2013 1:27PM

    I think pure bred dogs cost more to maintain.I usually have "mutts" for pets.However,I've had an expensive greyhound and Beagle vet bills. I figure Beagle Bailey costs over 600.a year in nail care alone.He has to have dogie Prozac to get his nails trimmed.I didn't know about ingrown dew claws until I got him.Now I'm updating his shots because his new best friends are a family of skunks.He hasn't gotten bitten yet,but I know it's coming

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PAMNANGEL 6/28/2013 9:09PM

    I think it depends on you. Some people spend hundreds just for a fancy bed. Would I buy the fancy bed? Probably, if I thought they'd like it. My cats would prefer the box it came in, whereas my dog has a orthopedic gel cushion on a corner of my bed when she's not curled up on my grandmothers wheelchair.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/28/2013 2:10PM


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PDSLIM 6/28/2013 9:50AM

    Love the comments on this blog.
Love is priceless.

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2BMYOWN 6/27/2013 6:39PM

    Now ya know, the title of this blog caught my eye and I just HAD to check it out! LOL I personally think they should allow us to list our animals as dependents on our tax forms. I have spent more on my animals over the years than I probably did for my kids along this route, but then I've had a helluva lot more animals than I have had kids! LMAO But thanx for posting this, I'm gonna use it as ammo the next time my granddaughters try to guilt trip their mom into getting a pet. LOL

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SCOTTYDOG76 6/27/2013 4:43PM

    I have always had a dog and other than the food the expense was negligible. I've been lucky with healthy dogs who have not been attacked by other animals, and have not suffered any mishaps. My only medical expense were the shots.

Now we have two cats also, and the start-up costs are considerably higher. Litter boxes, a cage to carry them in, plus all the usual costs for a vet. But as both of my cats are "house" cats I do not see injury as being high on the list of vet costs, and they have the usual shots just like a dog. There is always the expense of the litter you need for their sanitary needs, but with a dog there are doggy doors, etc. I do think their food may be slightly more expensive, but on the other hand, they are small so they eat less. And both require about the same amount of attention.

I've had dogs who wanted to be petted constantly and others who were content just to be in the same room. Same with cats. The big difference was when we adopted them. My Scottie: $450 My cat: $75.

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DOGSTARDADDY 6/27/2013 4:31PM

    As the loving owner of two large dogs (a dobe and a greyhound) and one small cat, the monthly pet food bills alone make this one an easy answer. :)

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    Good info to know.

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JANET552 6/27/2013 1:59PM

    They are priceless, right?!

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BESCATS 6/27/2013 1:36PM

    I read this article too. If they get sick, they can both be very expensive.

I have a very expensive cat, right now. Definitely costing me more than my dogs.

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EBURGITE 6/27/2013 10:59AM

    not having to pay for therapy offsets all that, right? emoticon

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GINA180847 6/27/2013 10:42AM

    When put like that the thought of having a pet is prohibitive. We have a small dog and a large dog and we just muddle along. It is true that the first costs are a bit much but after that there are occasional vet bills but the most costly in terms of time is that we give them long walks every day and that is priceless. They are worth it all.

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