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The Cost of Pet Ownership

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Perhaps you are considering taking the step into pet ownership. Most pet owners will tell you that having a four legged furry friend (or three legged one like Edward Antrobus)is one of the greatest joys in life. Pets have a tremendous capacity for love, fun and forgiveness. You can take a broken, beaten, damaged animal, show it kindness and patience, and have a friend for life. Before you make the decision, you should take a serious look at your finances to detemine if you can truly afford it. The following costs are for dogs and cats, but please do your research even if you want a lizard, bird, snake, pot bellied pig, llama or any other domestic pet  (please don’t pull a Mike Tyson and think a tiger might be fun.) Basic Needs The minimum basics any pet requires are food, water, and shelter. According to the ASPCA, medium dogs will need $250 worth of food per year, cats $120. That cost is for basic food alone and doesn’t count toward treats, rawhide chews, or vitamins (some pets have skin conditions!). You might need  stainless steel bowls if your pet chews up plastic. If you are going to leave Spot outdoors for a portion of the ...

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