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December 22, 2005


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Here's a tip -- get a cat. They're a lot more loving than most people think, are less work, and cost loads less. In the last 3 1/2 years I've spent a grand total of $404.27 on my cat -- that includes the adoption fee, all the shots, all the food, all the litter, a litterbox, catnip, a carrier, brushes, toys, etc.

Anyone who writes an article like that should change the title to "Calculating the True Cost of a Large or Exotic Pet"


I actually prefer cats myself. They're kind of moody and have an "I'm the king/queen of the world" attitude -- kind of like me. ;-)

But don't get a very big cat. Some cats are so large that they're more expensive than dogs. Like this one:


Funny how so many PF bloggers have posted about the cost of owning a pet. I am sure I will be posting something in the next few days as well.

I looked at the chart available at and decided to try to create an interactive form for calculating the cost of owning a dog. Check it out and let me know what you think.


I LOVE it!!!! The only thing I could think of adding was if the categories (food, vet bills, etc.) were hyperlinks that linked to articles that told how people could/should estimate the cost for that category.

Let me know once it's done and I'll post about it.

I would be happen to link to such categories. Since I don't know of any, please send them my way and I will get it updated.


I don't either. You're going to need to hunt them down using Google.

I will see what I can dig up and definitely add once I find anything.


I will see what I can dig up and definitely add once I find anything. By the way, let me know if you think of anything else that can be adjusted on the form I created.


It may be expensive to have a pet (I have a cat and once I have a house will probably get a dog) but the cost can be quite worth it. It is still cheaper than having a kid. The quality of living for having a loving pet is well worth the cost of raising them.

Gee, folks, no entrepreneurs among you?

Now an entrepreneur reads something that says a pet lover spends $23 Large over the lifetime of Poopsie, and starts salivating. He or she barely finishes reading the article before the wheels are turning to think up some way to make money from all those free-spending pet lovers. After all, someone is getting that $23 grand -- they might as well get their fair share, they figure.

Sheesh! And here I thought this was a money $$$$$ site!

You might want to read the guest post on my site about Pet Industry Trends for 2006, to get the rest of the story:

Happy Holidays!

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