Watch as our reporter Catherine Musgrove reveals the surprising monthly cost of owning a cat

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It's worth considering the costs before you get a cat.

They're cute and furry and part of the family, but how much does it actually cost to own a cat...or cats in my case?

I got my first cat, Rupert, in 2012, and Oliver followed in 2015. Both are British Shorthairs, and both are absolutely spoilt.

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Of course you take on animals for life, and they get everything they need - from quality food to immunisations and insurance - when they need it.

But recently, I've balked at the price rises for everyday essentials such as cat litter. Here I've put together a look at what I'm buying and what it costs.

Some items I choose as a personal preference and cheaper alternatives are available, but it's worth bearing in mind if you're looking to get a cat that the figures quickly add up, and can be surprising.

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