According to the RSPCA, the average cost of annual vaccinations and vet checkups is at least $80, presuming there is no major issue with your pet's health. Additional health expenses, like flea and worming treatments, will cost you between $100-$150 each year. But hoe certain are these figures?
Vaccinations are normally started at 8 weeks of age. Kittens receive upper respiratory and distemper combination vaccinations every 3-4 weeks until they are 16 weeks of age. These vaccinations can cost anywhere from $25.00 to $50.00 each. Vaccinations for distemper and respiratory disease are extremely important in kittens.
As kittens grow into young adults your veterinarian should evaluate your cat's lifestyle to determine which vaccinations are or are not necessary. One of the main considerations would be if your cat goes outdoors. If your cat does, then a feline leukemia vaccination series would be recommended. This consists of two vaccinations approximately 4 weeks apart which cost $25.00-$50.00 each.
Rabies is a vaccination required by law in most areas. Rabies vaccination costs are $25-$100.00 plus a county tag fee in some areas. Tag fees are generally $10.00-$30.00 for a neutered cat and $50.00-$100.00 for a non-neutered cat. An adjuvant free rabies vaccination should be administered. Vaccinations with adjuvants have been linked to sarcomas which are cancerous tumors. Vaccinations are normally repeated every one to three years. This would be specific depending on the tested duration of the vaccine.
Whether you have a kitten or an adult cat, your vet can help you figure out which vaccines are best and how often your kitty should get shots. It usually depends on her age, overall health, and lifestyle. The vet will also think about how long vaccines are supposed to last and how likely your cat might be to come into contact with a certain disease. Also, many local and state governments have laws about vaccines like rabies.
Traditional veterinary clinics are the most expensive places to have your pet vaccinated. Most vets will charge an office visit of $35 to $60 in addition to the cost of the vaccines. Individual vaccine costs may range from $20 to $40, and most pets need three annual vaccines. Vaccination at a traditional veterinarian may cost $100 to $200 per pet. The benefit of this most expensive option is that your pet will also get a full examination during the visit.