It’s been about 30 years since I owned a cat. I don’t miss the fur all over everything, and changing litter boxes, and mopping up the occasional vomit. But sometimes I think it would be nice to have a kitty around.
But I’m not the silly, happy-go-lucky, carefree kid I was in my early twenties. Hell, I hadn’t even been to college. Now, I’m a serious, no-nonsense, tight-ass, tightwad.
All I care about is the bottom line. What’s it gonna cost me? How many purrs will I get per dollar? If we can make a case that cat ownership is a cost-effective form of innocent entertainment, I may be able to bring it to the board and get a special allocation of funds for feline acquisition.
So what should I expect, assuming little or no cost to acquire the kitty? Count everything: food, litter, other consumables, average regular vet bills, etc. (I already own a litter box, for when my sister visits with her cat, so there’s a big saving right there!)
You can see where I live in the upper right, if that makes a difference.