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LPT: If you cannot afford $150-200 extra a month, you cannot afford a new dog or cat.

Pets are expensive, both with food and vet costs.

$150-200 is a general monthly cost that would account food, checkups, preventative care and emergency care.

They are HUGE financial commitments.

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Pet friendly apartments can be expensive and hard to find.

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I am currently watching yet another person in my life go through the following familiar steps:

  1. Be in unstable financial/housing situation

  2. Be looking for an apartment to rent

  3. Adopt GIANT dog from owners that had to give it up because it prevented them from renting an apartment

  4. Complain publicly that it is very difficult to find a place that allows, again, GIANT dogs

If this follows the standard pattern, the next update will be a tearful post about having to give up the dog.

Which is sad and frustrating, but was also completely avoidable at the time of deciding to get the dog.

You don't need to be a millionaire to have a pet, but for god's sake, take honest stock of your own general life stability before making the active decision to add a living responsibility to your household.

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So in the USA, landlords can forbid you to have a cat/dog? Or generally any pet?

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Our pet deposit added on an additional 1,500 up front, AND my rent is $50 more each month just to have my kitty here. It's a scam.

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Rightly so, you seen and smelled an apartment after some weirdo kept 5 dogs cooped up in it for a year? Some pets are HARD on building interiors. I don't wanna love in a trashed apartment just because the previois tenant felt like they were entitled to ruin the place.

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Also, if you live in an apartment, cats are way, way easier to keep than dogs. Your cat can be trusted to not destroy your apartment out of boredom if you're away for a few hours. They're also generally housebroken. I've never seen any apartment listings banning particular cat breeds.

I think I spend around $50 a month on food/litter/sundry stuff for my cat. My apartment had a $350 deposit for pets and a $40 charge per month for pet rent. Dogs are more. I live in a major u.s city and I feel like that's pretty standard.

I have a friend with a dog and it really feels like it's basically committing to having a toddler. They can't leave the dog at home for more than a few hours, so someone always has to have him and that can be a huge pain in the ass if you have to run errands since most businesses aren't necessarily cool with it.

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i wish that was true. but then again i do live in a pretty expensive place. it's really terrible. there's always dog pee somewhere, they spray the sidewalk everyday, what a waste of water, because that's where the pets pee and poo. it's nasty, everyone who walks by smells it.

i really wish they'd regulate dog ownership a lot more. medium to large sized dogs should require a license to own in urban residentials. those things pee a gallon and it's just fucking nasty.

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As a Swede this is another thing that just doesn't make sense to me abuut the US, land of the free. It's really not your landlord's business if you choose to keep a pet. It's your home while you pay rent. You have to pay for any cleanup or repairs when you move out so it's not like it affects them.

Here virtually all apartments allow pets except for a small number of allergy friendly complexes. There's also no extra charge for having a pet (again, you're the one paying for any damages caused by your pet, no need to pay twice).

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LPT if apartments allow pets (with surcharge) there is typically a hidden clause that you can get the fee waived by getting documentation that it's an emotional support animal from your doctor. Doesn't need a history or anything, just get an official note and it should be good enough. Worked for me

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I just paid to have my dog's knee repaired because she snapped a ligament. While shaving her paw, the surgeon nicked a hidden tumor on her leg. Got it tested. Cancer. She's having it removed tomorrow. It was a quick gut punch followed by another one. But, luckily, we're able to deal financially. I can't imagine how difficult it must be for people who love their animals but don't have the money to deal with shit situations.

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Sorry man. Glad you caught the cancer tho.

I can imagine that vet conversation…. Just watching the money fly out of your pocket. It’s impossible to decline those tests tho. Like how could you say no when your vet says “hey we found a tumor and it will be $xxx.xx to test it. Or you can just decline and wait to see if other symptoms present themselves over time, in which case it will be too late…

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We are poor. Like, 'food stamps are part of how we budget' poor. We have budget pet care down to a science. $19 a month on food and litter, $5 here and there for treats, $70 every other year for shots...

But when my partner's cat had a lump appear in his paw, amputation was the only option to save his life. But it was going to be $4000, and that form of cancer had a 50% of reoccurring within a year.

We had literally just spent everything we had to get him to the vet. We had drained the emergency fund already when my cat decided to go wild and eat some poisonous flowers. We had to borrow money to let him go, since he was in so much pain.

Please, if you are reading this, don't take on another animal if you can't afford that surgery out of nowhere. I miss our little guy. If our other lady weren't likely to be killed by being rehomed, I probably would have found her someone who is better able to care for her after that, but she's 19, and I'm her person.

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This year my dog tore his acl and developed a luxating patella, inhaled a foxtail, developed an abcess from a spider bite, and his allergies went haywire. Very close to 5 figures. A few years back I'd be having very different and difficult thoughts.

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we're able to deal financially

Buy pet insurance, guys. Otherwise you might have to put them down if they have health issues and you can't afford it

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