Human: Baby Gucci be damned; clothing expenses have dipped by 5% since 1960 thanks to globalization and new technologies.
Cat: PAWS Chicago recommends filtered or bottled water. Cost to treat your cat better than you treat yourself: $100 a year.
Big dog: Price of an annual dental cleaning: $200 Human: Price of an annual dental cleaning: $200
Rabbit: Rabbits—if left to their own devices—breed like, well, rabbits. Spay/neuter: $160.
Human: In a family of five, each child costs 22% less than the last. Yay, hand-me-downs.
Human: The price of education and child care has gone up from 2% of expenditures in 1960 to 18% in 2011. And we ain’t even talking about college yet.
Cat: Keep $5,000 on hand for Kitty’s late-in-life emergency health care.
Small dog: Jessica Simpson’s Louis Vuitton dog purse runs about $1,200. A more realistic carrier might set you back $40.
BIG DOG $18,100
SMALL DOG $18,596
GUINEA PIG $3,915
*through age 18