Costs of Cat Care

According to the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, the Canadian average annual cost of caring for a cat in 2019 was $2,075.

Basic Annual Costs

  • Medical: $150-200 annual wellness exam with vaccines**
  • Food: $450-600+
  • Litter: $150-$250
  • Toys: $60-100
  • License: $20
  • Total $830-$1170

**kittens may require extra booster vaccines

Start-up Costs

If it’s your first time adopting a cat (or two!), consider these extra costs: 

  • Furniture: $200 (cat tree, scratching posts & beds)
  • Dishes, grooming & litter supplies: $100
  • Cat carrier: $50
  • Total $350

Occasional Costs

  • Dental: $500-1500
  • Fecal exam: $50
  • Flea & worm treatment: $85
  • Urgent medical care: $500-2000+

Other Optional Costs

  • Insurance: $300-600 (depending on plan/provider)
  • Cat-sitter: $10-30 day
  • Grooming: $50+
  • Spay/Neuter from vet: $280-700; Humane Societies/OSPCA: $75-100

Spay & Neuter Options

Spaying and neutering your pets is important to keep the population of cats down, and also for their overall health:

  • Female spayed cats are less likely to develop mammary and ovarian-related cancers and infections. Spaying before their first heat cycle is best.
  • Neutered male cats are less likely to develop testicular cancer and other health issues. They are also less territorial and less likely to spray to assert their territory.

The Toronto Humane Society offers reduced-cost options for pet owners for vaccinations, sterilization (spay/neuter) and other surgical services. If you are on social assistance, additional discounts are available. If you are from the Durham Region, the Humane Society offers subsidized transportation services

The City of Toronto’s Animal Services also supports a Spay Neuter Your Pet (SNYP) mobile clinic to dog and cat owners in low income households.

Need Help?

If you are struggling to afford other care or basic provisions, there are several organizations that can help: