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The cost of owning a cat or dog

When you are thinking about adopting a cat or dog, it is important to consider the costs of owning a pet before making this important decision. The cost of owning a cat or dog can affect the long term success of your relationship with your new pet. The following is an estimate of the costs associated with owning a single cat or dog. Costs may vary depending on your own situation. The tables below do not include emergency or unexpected costs.

Initial costs Dogs Cats
Adoption/purchase fee

It costs $200 + GST to adopt a dog from Animal & Bylaw Services.

Otherwise prices vary depending on the breed and where you purchase it.

It costs $150 + GST to adopt a cat from Animal & Bylaw Services.

The cost will vary if you purchase from a pet store or breeder.

Licence

$37.00 for a puppy
(3 to 6 months old)

$37.00 spayed/neutered dog over 6 months old;

$60.00 for an unaltered dog

$17.00 for a kitten
(3 to 6 months old)

$17.00 spayed/neutered cat over 6 months old

$35.00 for an unaltered cat

Spay/neuter surgery*

If you adopt from The City of Calgary, the surgery is included in the cost.

Otherwise,the cost for spay/neuter surgery for a dog could range anywhere from $200-500, depending on the sex, size and age of the dog, among other factors.

If you adopt from The City of Calgary, the surgery is included in the cost.

Otherwise, the cost for spay/neuter surgery for a cat could range anywhere from $150-350 depending on the sex, size and age of the cat, among other factors.

Initial vaccinations**
(Note: Rabies vaccination is often extra)
Approx. $170
over a period of 16 weeks
Approx. $160
over a period of 16 weeks
Initial supplies
(food bowls, food, litter box, crate, toys, collar and leash, etc.)

$100-300
Depending on the size of the dog.

Approx. $50

Obedience training $110-150 N/A
Other costs Dogs Cats
Monthly, annual, & optional costs (for the life of the pet)
Licence (annually) $37.00 for a puppy
(3 to 6 months old)

$37.00 spayed/neutered dog over 6 months old;

$60.00 for an unaltered dog
 
$17.00 for a kitten
(3 to 6 months old)

$17.00 spayed/neutered cat over 6 months old

$35.00 for an unaltered cat
Food (monthly) $35-60
Depending on size of dog and type of food
$15-25
Depending on the type of food
Basic vaccinations and health exam* (annually) $85-120 depending on the veterinarian $85-120 depending on the veterinarian
Kenneling
while on vacation
(as required)
$12-25 per day
Depending on the kennel
$12-25 per day
Depending on the kennel
Litter (monthly) N/A $20
Doggy daycare
(as required)
Approx. $10-25 per day N/A

*The costs are only estimates. As price varies depending on the veterinarian, please call your veterinarian for an accurate cost.

**Puppies normally have a schedule of three sets of vaccinations in the first 16 weeks; kittens normally have a schedule of two sets. Consult your veterinarian for more information.