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Budget for cats in Zurich

We will be relocating to Zurich later this year from the US. I'm a little concerned about the cost of pet supplies in the much more expensive living area. Could someone with some experience give me an idea of how much I should budget for cat food (dry mostly), cat litter, and the disposal of said litter? We have two cats and a small dog coming with us, but I'm less worried about the dog, as there's no litter situation to consider.
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Re: Budget for cats in Zurich

is your cat a litter box diva? mine is (it must always be thick, deep and pristine) and I spend between 15 and 30 francs a month. (2 to 4 bags).

Food wise, also a diva, plus he gets his special fat a** "obesity management" food and the big 60 serving bag is 60 francs. If you are eating the local equivalent of meow mix, it will be between a third and half that.

If you have friends coming to visit and your cat has something like science diet food, get them to bring a bag, it is double the price here. I went to petsmart and contemplated bringing back a bag. The same food he eats here was like 27 bucks for what I pay 60 for.

Using my cheap calculation, if they are on meow mix and not jacka**es about litter boxes like my cat, you'll be out about 30 francs a month per cat (2 bags of litter, 2 kg of cat food at 15 francs). I only spend 60 and I am a crazy cat lady.
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Old 14.05.2012, 22:28
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Re: Budget for cats in Zurich

OK, perhaps I'm about to discover that I've been breaking some law for nearly three years...

But I dispose of my cat litter with the rest of my household waste. I flush the faeces down the toilet, then put the cat litter in a bin bag and put it in the rubbish containers for my apartment. Total cost: aside from the bin bags, nothing.

(However household waste disposal does vary from place to place - some places you have to buy special bin bags which are taxed. Here I don't, so my bin bags are cheaper.)

I pay around CHF 8.- for a 10l bag of Catsan, which is a middle-of-the-line, non-clumping cat litter. I have one cat, and a bag lasts me about 2 1/2 litter changes. Quite often cat litter is on special offer at the supermarket, so I stock up!

As for cat food, you don't specify any particular brand. A supermarket budget own brand cat food will set you back something like 6.70 for 4.5kg. My cat has to have a Hills Prescription Diet that I buy at the vets, that costs 30.- for 1.5kg. So it really depends what your cats eat! I suggest you have a look here (there's a link that says 'Pet Shop') and see if you can find a brand similar to the one your pet is used to.

You don't ask about vets bills... My cat has recently had her vaccinations. I paid 60.- for the Feligen. She doesn't have Leucogen as she doesn't go outside and my vet says it's not necessary. Rabies needed renewing this year, that was 70.-. She also had a urine problem and had to be sedated to get a urine sample, that plus the analysis and treatment was just under 190.-.

Unusually for Switzerland, my vet does not work on the 'treatment and then we send you the bill' principle. I have to pay for the treatment upfront, in cash or by card. If I did want to be sent a bill (and given 30 days to pay), I'd have to pay an additional administrative fee.

I hope that helps you with your maths. I'm not a dog owner, but from what I've read on here, I'd be more concerned about finding an apartment with a dog if I were you!

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Re: Budget for cats in Zurich

My cats also have royal tastes. I can't offer you the exact calculation because we tend to spoil them rotten but you may want to have a look at www.qualipet.ch for a taste of Swiss prices.
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Re: Budget for cats in Zurich

Our budget for our two cats was about 250 CHF per year for basic veterinary bills, plus about 600 CHF for food and litter. (I say was only because one of our cats dies recently and now the costs are lower).

However, we needed to buy food at the vet, because of FUS (feline urinary syndrome) problems, and we bought biodegradable litter.

Basic vet costs will run around 120 CHF per cat per year. Obviously, other problems will cost more, with an overnight observation/X-ray/medication running around 400 CHF and a simple operation plus the above around 1000 CHF (yeah, we've done these).

Qualipet is a good resource for food and litter prices. In case your German is as bad as mine was when I arrived:

Katzen = cats
Trockenfutter = dry food
Nassfutter = wet food
Katzentoiletten = litter box
Katzenstreu = cat litter

For disposal, we flush the litter in the toilet (it is not a clay-based litter, rather made from wheat, or corn, I can't remember which). Otherwise, it can go with the normal trash, and you'll just need a stash of plastic baggies.

So, it's not too bad.

However, you may want to keep in mind that bringing pets over here is pretty expensive as well. Budget at least $100 per animal, and shop airlines! Also, be aware that some airlines have restrictions on the number of pets per cabin, so you may not all be able to travel together and keep the pets in the cabin (even if you travel separately, one will probably end up in the cargo hold).

Pet travel is a good online resource for airline rules:

http://www.pettravel.com/airline_rules.cfm
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Re: Budget for cats in Zurich

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We will be relocating to Zurich later this year from the US. I'm a little concerned about the cost of pet supplies in the much more expensive living area. Could someone with some experience give me an idea of how much I should budget for cat food (dry mostly), cat litter, and the disposal of said litter? We have two cats and a small dog coming with us, but I'm less worried about the dog, as there's no litter situation to consider.

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