Question: My family is thinking of getting a pet, but cost needs to be taken into consideration. What is less expensive to maintain -- a cat or a dog?
Answer: The American Pet Product Manufacturers Association estimates basic annual expenses for a dog are $1,425 and are $990 for a cat. These amounts include veterinarian visits, food, grooming supplies, treats and toys. Even if you're able to eliminate indulgences such as doggie day care or organic pet treats, plan ahead for the 10- to 15-year commitment.
I know that I'm worth every penny. And for your money you get a dog's lifetime of love and unwavering loyalty.