In order for your cat to live as long as possible and in the best conditions, it is important to take him to consult a veterinarian as soon as he is adopted and then at least. once a year to perform a full check. To this, it will be a matter of adding the unforeseen : illnesses and accidents. Update on the annual health budget to plan for your cat.
Kitten veterinary first aid
As soon as the kitten arrives at home, several acts will have to be scheduled with your veterinarian such as:
- Identification, by electronic chip or tattoo, is compulsory: count from 50 to 70 €. (Namely that any owner of an unidentified animal is liable to a fine of 4e class amounting to € 135);
- The vaccination against viral diseases. Coryza, typhus, rabies, cat HIV (leukosis) or chlamydia can be prevented with vaccines. Not all of them are essential and their need varies depending on your pet’s lifestyle (indoor or outdoor cat). The vet will be able to advise you. For the combined typhus, coryza, leucosis and booster vaccine, count an average budget of 140 € for the first year;
- Sterilization or castration. Allow around 140 € for a female and 70 € for a male;
- Deworming. It is common for young kittens to have worms and an untreated infestation can lead to serious illness. From 3 weeks, it is generally advisable to deworm the kitten once / month until the age of 6 months and then every 3 months. Price: from € 6 to € 8 per tablet, ie € 50 on average for the first year;
- Treatment against external parasites. Without the presence of fleas or ticks, the administration of pest control products is not justified for a kitten.
Veterinary costs for adult cats
From its first birthday, a cat requires an annual visit from control to the vet. For our companions, whose longevity is much less than that of humans, a year represents a fairly long period of time during which disorders can develop insidiously. A early detection of pathologies makes it possible to avoid their aggravation, even to stop their progression.
- The vaccination. Annual booster shots cost around € 70. The rabies vaccine is not compulsory and comes as a supplement in certain situations (cats leaving French territory; participating in a feline exhibition; staying in a boarding school, etc.);
- Antiparasitic treatments and deworming. Be sure to give your cat regular tablets that fight against external parasites (fleas, ticks) and internal (worms). Pest control products in the form of pipettes cost an average of 8 to 10 € per month, to which is added a total of 50 € of dewormer. So count an average annual budget of 150 € for these treatments;
- The descaling. When your cat gets older, it is recommended to have it descaled at a veterinarian to maintain good oral hygiene. It should be noted that 70% of cats over 3 years old are affected by periodontal disease, that is to say inflammation and infection of the tissues surrounding the teeth (which include the gum and bone of the teeth. jaw). Prices: from 50 to 100 € per session.
Expenses related to cat accidents and illnesses
Beyond current health costs, it will also be necessary to take into account unforeseen involving the prescription of drugs, radiology or even surgical interventions which can immediately increase the annual bill. Some examples of average prices:
- Classic consultation: 45 €;
- Emergency consultation: € 75;
- Blood test or urine analysis: 10 to 20 €;
- Biochemical assessment: 60 €;
- Ultrasound: 30 to 70 €;
- Anesthesia: 45 €;
- Radiography: 40 €;
- MRI or scanner: 250 to 500 €;
- Treatment of a urinary tract infection: € 30;
- Simple wound: 60 €. With suture: 150 €:
- Treatment of gastroenteritis: 80 €;
- Allergies: 250 to 300 € per quarter;
- Diabetes: 30 to 40 € / month;
- Removal of a cyst (without tumor): 190 €;
- Tumor removal: € 600;
- Operation following a fracture: between 200 and 700 €;
- Cancer surgery, radiotherapy sessions: 1,200 to 1,500 €.
Health insurance for the cat?
The price of a consultation with the veterinarian varies significantly from one department to another but also between two firms working in the same city. As a reminder, the pricing policy is not regulated, professionals are free to set their prices as they see fit. Taking out health insurance for your cat from a mutual specialist can be useful for covering unforeseen veterinary costs such as major surgeries or chronic illnesses. Insuring your feline will cost you between 7 and 20 € per month for a basic formula when the price of a formula premium will generally be between 30 and 60 € per month.