I’ve been watching episodes of My Cat From Hell on Netflix (you could also probably find episodes on YouTube), because, yes cats are adorable, and also I may get a cat some day and I wanted to have a sense of what to do in case I ever got a cat from hell.
There are certain things we’ll buy even when times are tough. Candy (small luxuries). Booze and cigarettes (vices to get us through the hard times). And we’ll buy dogs all the ice cream they want because people are obsessed with their pets and the pets products industry is pretty much recession proof.
Last week I got an estimate from my vet on a “minor” surgical procedure for my nine-year-old pit bull, Zen. Actually, they gave me two estimates—one for the surgery, plus some “optional but recommended” bloodwork, and one for the surgery, “optional but recommended” bloodwork, and a dental cleaning while she’s under sedation. The latter “estimate” came to a cool $1,021.96, which got me thinking two things. One: I should get a second opinion, and maybe a new vet, and two: Just what is the value of my dog? How much do I spend on her and what is she worth to me?
Here is a real play by play of the starter and maintenance costs of your brand new best friend.