Price of Owning a Pet

I was talking to a friend who recently added a little bird to her family. We had talked about owning parrots a few years ago and since that time I added my 3 birds. I was talking to her about her new feathered friend and she mentioned how she had done her research and decided on a small parrot. As I talked about the cage, food and other items birds need, it became apparent that the research was only done on what type of bird to get and not all the costs that went into owning a bird.

I’m glad she did research on the species, but there is so much more to owning a pet than just the cost of acquiring the pet. Cost varies for each type of pet, some smaller pets might end up costing more to care for then a larger one. And there is no such thing as a free pet.

Over the next several weeks, I’m going to break down some of the costs involved when adding different types of pets to your household. Hopefully it will help provide information for those trying decide what or if type of pet would be best for them.
Worth its weight in kibble!photo © 2006 Suzi Duke | more info (via: Wylio)

2 comments to Price of Owning a Pet

  • Hi Y’all,

    I’m sure, since you have birds, there is a vet that specializes in birds in your area.

    A friend who has several birds, including a beautiful parrot, looked long and hard to find an area to retire where there was a vet that knows birds and who was willing to board them. Still, often, in the interest of the birds, time away is limited to day trips, or one spouse goes off for a couple weeks without the other.

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  • dawn

    Hi Hawk! My vet does see parrots and small pets but isn’t a specialist so for anything big I have to travel out of my area about 2-3 hours. Often finding a vet is the last thing people think about when adding a pet sometimes not even thinking about it until there is a problem so it’s wonderful your friend made vet care a priority.

    I don’t even know what a vacation is. With my crew it’s hard, but luckily I’m a staycation kind of gal.

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