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How much it costs to raise a kid, a dog, a cat and other living things

We crunch the numbers on how much a kid and a pet cost you, comparitively.

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Human: Baby Gucci be damned; clothing expenses have dipped by 5% since 1960 thanks to globalization and new technologies.
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Cat: PAWS Chicago recommends filtered or bottled water. Cost to treat your cat better than you treat yourself: $100 a year.
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Big dog: Price of an annual dental cleaning: $200 Human: Price of an annual dental cleaning: $200
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Guinea pig: At $415 a year, filling the cage with wood chips dwarfs other guinea pig costs.

Goldfish: Ready that $80 miniature shipwreck: All fish need a hiding place.

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Rabbit: Rabbits—if left to their own devices—breed like, well, rabbits. Spay/neuter: $160.
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Human: In a family of five, each child costs 22% less than the last. Yay, hand-me-downs.
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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.
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Cat: Keep $5,000 on hand for Kitty’s late-in-life emergency health care.
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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

CAT $9,155

RABBIT $7,625

GUINEA PIG $3,915

GOLDFISH $755

HUMAN* $252,803
*through age 18

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