So you’re thinking of adding a fur baby to your family this Christmas. You’ve probably spent loads of time debating which breed is right for you, whether you’ll adopt a rescue, and the all-important name (if they don’t have one already).
Before you head out to meet your new furry friend for the first time, check out our fur baby budget checklist. Our checklist includes some key costs of caring for a pet, so you can prepare your finances and ensure you’re not caught by surprise.
General care and health
When it comes to keeping your pet happy and healthy there can be some unexpected costs, especially in the first year if you have a puppy or kitten:
We know that vet costs can be hefty, but good preparation goes a long way to avoid being caught short in the weeks after your vet visit. You could set up a budgeting account for your fur baby, and put aside money from your everyday transaction account so you can stay on top of those unexpected vet expenses
Making your pet feel at home
Then there’s the essentials that help your fur baby settle into life at home with your family:
Training your pet
Depending on type of fur baby you have, your training needs may vary. Depending on your pet, you may need:
Other things you might not have considered
With the above items factored into your budget, you can set yourself up for a smooth transition for a long-term commitment and a lifetime of love. Now clear out your phone album; you’ll need space for the million photos and videos of your new fur baby!
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