Estimated Value: $2,500
Other Pet Expenses: annual costs ($10,000), large steel cage ($20,000)
Tigers are huge, strong, dangerous, and territorial cats. While they’re cute as cubs, they quickly grow up to be massive beasts, weighing over 600 pounds and baring extremely sharp teeth and claws that can easily shred you to pieces. If that possibility hasn’t discouraged you, then it might please you to know you can own a tiger for only $2,500—if it’s legal to keep one in your area.
Before you get out your checkbook, know that your expenses don’t end with the initial sticker price. You’ll need to spend money on a large enclosure that has access to ponds, trees, and shelter. Also, expect your giant feline to eat a lot of meat—about 10 to 15 pounds a day. To transport your pet to the vet for its yearly vaccination, you’ll need a large, stainless steel cage which can cost you up to $20,000. This cage will not fit in your car or SUV, so expect to shell out more money to rent or purchase a truck. Lastly, plan to spend a couple more thousands for healthcare and flea prevention, raising your annual expenses to $10,000.