By Marketing Specialist, Alina Murcar
There are three types of people in this world: Dog people, cat people, and "no pets, please" people.
Most people grow up in one of these three types of families - occasionally finding a family with cats AND dogs (gasp!). I grew up in a "dog people" family, always having two dogs at a time. We love those tail wagging, furry pups full of unconditional love. I guess I should mention my dad's kinda sorta...very allergic to cats.
So when I moved out into my own place after college, about halfway through the year I decided I really wanted another "heartbeat" in the house for company (a.k.a. A furry little babe I could smother with love). I also wanted to be thoughtful about what I could realistically care for and afford at this point in my life.
Along came Ollie - my sweet little orange tabby cat (sorry dad) - that I stumbled upon at SCRAPS. He's my sweet, sassy, adorable little teenager who gives me a tiny glimpse of what caring for another being is like.
Having a pet is entirely worth it - but it's a bit spendy, too! Here's a cost breakdown to help give you a better idea:
|Initial cost:||Monthly cost:|
|Adoption: $70||Food: $25|
|Neuter & shots: $200||Litter: $24|
|Litter, box & scoop: $40||Treats: $7 (optional)|
|Food & bowls: $32||Occasional vet visits: $100|
|Scratching post: $10|
|Brush & nail clips: $10|
|Apartment pet deposit: $350|
|Total: $726||Total: $56|
I would highly recommend getting an animal (especially from a shelter!) as long as they can be fully cared for and loved on. It might just take a little mental and financial prep beforehand!