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11 Cheap and Low-Maintenance Pets

Cheapism Logo By Stephen Johnson of Cheapism | Slide 1 of 12: Man's best friend doesn't come cheap. Owning a dog or cat costs about $500 annually, and owners can expect to pay up to three times that during the first year in food, veterinarian visits, and additional costs. What most people might not realize, however, is that there are plenty of pets that don't require a lot of time or money. From insects to birds, we compiled a list of some of the cheapest low-maintenance pets to help you choose.

BUDGET-FRIENDLY BEST FRIENDS

Man's best friend doesn't come cheap. Owning a dog or cat costs about $500 annually, and owners can expect to pay up to three times that during the first year in food, veterinarian visits, and additional costs. What most people might not realize, however, is that there are plenty of pets that don't require a lot of time or money. From insects to birds, we compiled a list of some of the cheapest low-maintenance pets to help you choose.
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