A kitten in New York can run you around $4,000, but they can be as expensive as $8,000 in Australia.
And if you’ve got a kitten in a small city, you’re looking at an even more astronomical price tag.
A new report from the Australian Animal Health Alliance says Australia has the highest cat ownership rate in the world.
Australia has a kitten population of more than 7.5 million animals, according to the report.
Australian cat owners spend about $3 billion a year, but there’s a growing gap between the amount spent and the number of cats in our homes.
The Australian Animal Hospital says there are more than 12,000 cats in Australia, but it has a shortage of veterinary care.
The Australian Veterinary Association says it’s a “critical need” for veterinary services, but only about 2% of vets are in the industry.
So while the report says Australia’s cats have a good track record, the reality is there’s not a lot of room to grow.
And while the average cost of a cat in Australia is $3,500, it can vary significantly.
The AHA says a cat can cost as little as $1,500 in Sydney and as much as $4 in Melbourne.
But the AHA said a cat could cost as much or more in smaller cities like Perth, Darwin and Canberra.
There are also huge variations in the prices cats can fetch, with a 10-month-old kitten in Sydney, for example, going for between $8 and $14, according the AIAA.
So how much do cats cost?
It’s a good question.
The AIAa said Australian cat owners are “generally unaware” of the difference in cost between owning and keeping a cat, but the reality can be very different.
“They’re aware that if you take care of your cat for 30 years, you’ll save money and you’ll see some pretty substantial savings in terms of cost of life,” Dr. Mark Crouch, executive director of the AVAH, told ABC News.
“But it’s really difficult to find out what the real cost is, because the only way you can really figure that out is by asking your cat’s owners, and they won’t tell you.”
The AAA estimates that, on average, a cat costs $1.1 million in Australia to raise.
“What people really don’t know is the average cat costs around $1 million,” Dr Crouch said.
Dr Crouch believes the difference between what people are paying for a cat and what it would cost to raise one is largely due to socialisation.
It’s not just cats who are more expensive, the AAA says.
“It’s also the way people raise their cats,” Dr Chris Papp, an associate professor of veterinary surgery at the University of Western Australia, told the ABC.
“A cat is a very social animal and they are very active, they are in social situations and they’re socialised, so if you have a cat that is less social, you will see them get less exercise and less time with their owners.”
So they are less likely to get to the point where they are comfortable with you, they will have more problems with you and they will be less likely and less likely in their behaviour to be sociable with you.
“Dr Croucher said there are other factors that make it difficult to understand the price of a pet.”
There are other things that can impact on the cost of keeping the pet, so you might have a higher expenditure of food than if you had a less expensive pet,” he said.”
And then you may also be paying for care and maintenance, which are things that are not the same in both cases.
“Dr Papp said while it’s not uncommon to see a cat with a history of a heart condition or other medical issues, it’s more likely a cat’s owner is also a vet.”
The reason is that vets tend to be more trained and more experienced than owners, so they can see what the needs are and what the challenges are,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.”
You may need to take the cat to a vet that is not trained and they might have an issue with that and then the vet may be able to make an intervention.
“The Australian Veterinary Council says there’s no scientific data to show the difference for cat ownership.
But Dr Crouch said it’s important to understand what cat ownership entails, and he said it could have an impact on your cat.”
When you get a cat you know it’s your pet and you know what you’re getting into and that it’s going to do what it needs to do,” he explained.”
What you may not be aware of is that there are certain things that you need to pay attention to.
You may need an extra litter box, you may need a good cat carrier.
You need to be very cautious about how you manage your cats.