Nov 23

What will it cost to feed my new pet?

Our vets investigate the ballpark yearly costs of feeding your new kitten or pup.


When it comes to pet food, the overall cost can differ hugely from pet to pet. For starters, it all depends on the quality of the food you choose, the protein sources you use, as well as your pets’ individual needs.

The most important outcome of your pets diet is that it’s fully balanced and tailored to suit their individual needs, so that they can live their healthiest life.

It depends on the food you choose

How the food is packaged and prepared is going to add up. Is it dry or canned? Fresh or frozen? Some parents insist on buying meat from the butchers and taking a more ‘homemade’ approach (only the best for the kiddies!). Others buy specialty foods from pet food stores and vet clinics, which tend to have a greater emphasis on quality. While lots of Aussie pups and kitties are fed from the supermarket shelves!

It depends on your pets’ needs, too

The energy level, health and metabolic requirements of your pet will greatly change this and in some cases, more than double or quadruple the below guide.

Very ballpark yearly costs

  • Cat: ~$360
  • Dog (small breed): ~ $600
  • Dog (medium breed):  ~ $720
  • Dog (large breed): ~ $840
  • Treats: These should take up no more than 10% of the diet to keep it balanced for your lovely pet. Say $10 per week.
Pooch’s ballpark
TOTAL: $720 pa
Kitty’s ballpark
TOTAL: $360 pa


The Ballpark Cost Series
So how did we arrive at these totals? And what other costs come with caring for a pet?
Read the Vetchat Ballpark Cost Series. It goes into detail on the price of buying a pet upfront, the things you’ll need to pay for in the first year, plus ongoing expenses like pet foodvet visits and grooming.

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Dr. Claire Jenkins

Claire is a QLD graduate with over 15 years experience as a neighbourhood Veterinarian in Australia and the UK. Animal lover and the founder of Vetchat, born from a passion to help pet carers everywhere access trusted advice earlier, for healthier, happier pets. Grateful to be carer to her beautiful Red-dog.