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15 of the Most Expensive Pets to Own

Cheapism Logo By Saundra Latham of Cheapism | Slide 1 of 16: <p>February is Responsible Pet Owner's Month, and one of the most responsible things a prospective pet owner can do is prepare for the upfront and ongoing costs of having a faithful friend. Of course, there's the cost of purchasing and feeding the pet, but sometimes other expenses aren't so obvious. Some animals are prone to costly health issues, while others have special grooming requirements, require pricey habitats, or boost home insurance premiums. These 15 common pets -- dogs, cats, and a few exotic choices -- might ultimately cost a tad more than expected.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/pet-products-you-dont-need-13914/">Don't Buy Your Pet These 19 Things</a></p>

SMALL ANIMALS, BIG COSTS

February is Responsible Pet Owner's Month, and one of the most responsible things a prospective pet owner can do is prepare for the upfront and ongoing costs of having a faithful friend. Of course, there's the cost of purchasing and feeding the pet, but sometimes other expenses aren't so obvious. Some animals are prone to costly health issues, while others have special grooming requirements, require pricey habitats, or boost home insurance premiums. These 15 common pets -- dogs, cats, and a few exotic choices -- might ultimately cost a tad more than expected.

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