Objective Cat or Dog - Which one costs less? Yearly cost to own Cat/Dog Compare EUAC
Scenario Human: Works 40 hours a week Makes $65,000 a year initially 4% raise per year 25 years of age when the dog or cat is obtained House: Yard: 1500 ft 2 Flooring: ½ Carpet, ½ Tile Furniture: Moderate
Scenario Equal lives of 13 years Medium size Indoor/Outdoor 2 meals/day
Variables Food, Treats Toys Vet Bills, Property Damage, etc. One-time purchases Repetitive expenses
After Interviews, We Revised Our Numbers Dog ↑ Purchase of Dog Toys: ↑ ↓ Frequency of Grooming: ↓ Adjusted Once-in-a-lifetime materials costs. Delayed $50 gradient increase to vet bills Assumed we would board our dog in our home and pay a neighbor $20/day to feed, water, and walk our dog. Cat ↑ Frequency and Cost of Cat Toys: ↑ Bought a cat tree with our repetitive miscellaneous materials money. Delayed $50 gradient increase to vet bills. Assumed continued property damage throughout the lifetime of the cat, doubling the estimated property damage in the first and last year of the cat's life.