Are Cats Cheaper Than Dogs?

Which is more expensive to own a cat or a dog?

Several years ago, the ASPCA conducted a study on the average cost of owning a dog or a cat. It found that cats are cheaper than dogs, but small dog breeds can be cheaper to own than cats. Grooming costs for long-haired dog breeds are not included, but can easily add a few hundred dollars annually.

Are cats easier to care for than dogs?

Unlike dogs, cats are able to jump and climb, which aids them in hunting and makes it easier to flee from danger. Because of this, cats have no need to work together to care for themselves. It also makes them territorial. For domestic cats, these instincts make them much more independent than dogs.

Is owning a cat expensive?

Cats can be just as expensive as their canine counterparts. Owners can expect to shell out between $500 and $1,000 a year, with higher costs for treatment of disease or injury or if you’re a frequent traveler. Domestic short-haired cats are usually the best value in the long run, she says.

Why is a dog better than a cat?

Dogs Can Protect You

Cats are more likely to run and hide when faced with trouble. On the other hand, most dogs will instinctively protect their owners and their territory. They’ll bark or growl to alert you to the presence of strangers, and many will even scare off intruders.