From Small Rodents to Bigger Beasts, here's how much unconditional love costs a year
04/15/2014

HERMIT CRABS


Perhaps the least expensive pet you can own


At $45 per year, supplies, food and toys for hermit crabs are cheaper than a fancy crab dinner


 


GERBILS


Supplies and food are the biggest costs for these little critters (about $82 per yaer). Toys are $16, while vet bills average just $11 annually.


 


FISH


Sunk cost inclde aquariums, filteration equipment, test kits, decorations and lighting(which can run $100 or more), but afterthat, average annual expenses dip to $150 per year


 


LIZARDS


Trust these little reptiles-geckos included- not to burn a whole in your wallet: food, medications and supplies can total less than $200 per year.


 


BIRDS


Despite their relatively small size, pet birds are not cheap. Expenses like cages, food, medications and vet bills can fly pretty high.


 


CATS


Annual medical costs of $4000 or more ar just the tail end. Kennel and boarding fees average $337 per year, followed by food ($203), grooming ($20), toys ($23), and other supplies ($92).


 


DOGS


Costs can vary widely based on the age, breed and health of your dog.


Geography and climate can mean costly flea products. And size matters: to some degree, the bigger the dog, the higher your expenses will be.


 


HORSES


Woa, Nelly! It's not easy to rein in those equine expenses. saddle up for $1,811. Then expect to mspend an average $2,392 annually on horse care, with $2,202 eaten up on food. Tack on up to $7,036 in boarding costs.

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