First, how to find your desired pet.
- Animal shelters
- Pet shops
- Online (I'm constantly amazed with what you can buy online!)
2. Pet shops are nice, they typically will have the variety that you'll want but I don't see the point personally shopping here because there are so many pets running free or killed because they don't have room in the shelter.
3. I'm not someone who is picky enough to buy a pet from a breeder unless it was given to us for free like my dog when I was a kid (she was the runt of the pack from over breeding).
4. Buying online, I feel, really limits you in interacting with the pet before and also I'd feel so incredibly sorry to have a pet possibly shipped hundreds of miles just to live with me. There is just too much stress on the animal for that and it isn't fair for him/her.
1. Vaccines: These can range in price dramatically. Different pets have different types. Since I'm looking at a cat, lets look at those. The main ones include:
- Panleukopenia virus (distemper)
- Feline calicvirus (FCV)
- Feline herpes virus (rhinotracheitis)
And can extend into including:
- Feline chlamydiosis
- Feline immunodeficiency virus (Feline AIDS)
- Feline leukemia virus (FeLV)
2. Toys and beds.
This can, of course, range dramatically with what you are comfortable spending on.
For those who are particularly eccentric, you can have your whole house redesigned for the pet lover in you....
3. Food: Again, this can range in prices, but for cans it can be anywhere from a few cents to over a dollar for a tiny 3 ounce can. And again anywhere from $10 to $20 for a big bag of dried food.
4. Pet Rent: If you live in an apartment, like me, you might find out that man's best friend may have to cough up money and pay some rent, a fee, or both! Where we live you've got a $200 fee and a $200 refundable fee and although a $10 pet rent is written in the contract, they ignore it.
So overall the total cost of a pet can range quite a bit and can cost you a pretty penny. But I think it's worth it overall. What about you? Have you been looking into getting a pet? What are your thoughts on trying to be frugal and pay off debt but having/getting a pet?