Which is more expensive the first year? A baby, a puppy or a kitten?

I bet you know the answer to this one. The folks at SafeWise, though, felt the need to calculate the costs.

The baby costs about $2,000 (breastfed) to $3,739 (formula-fed) a year (not counting day care).

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The puppy (or adult dog that you adopted) about $1,082 and the kitten (or adult cat that you adopted) about $991.

If you have all three and then some… well, we’re rich in love and poor in the wallet, right?

Some of the things this calculation looked at:

Cost of doing its business: A dog was about $68 in poop bags, a cat was $413 for the litter box and litter, and the baby’s diapers, wipes and changing table and pat will set you back $970.

Cost of food: Free for the breastfed baby, $1,734 for the formula-fed baby; a puppy was $568 for food and treats, and the cat was only $213.

With the cat and the dog, you’re saving on clothing (unless you’re one of those owners) , but those cat beds and dog beds that apparently some people buy are as much as a bassinet (not the crib, though).

Quite frankly, SafeWise estimates are way low. Where’s the day care and doggy care? Where’s the vet bills and doctor visits? What about all those shots they all need? And $21 for clothing and $8 for socks for that baby? That’s one naked baby. My kid could ruin $29 worth of clothing each day.

 


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