Owning a pet can be expensive even without dog-themed Christmas fairs and treats. A Nationwide survey* carried out earlier in the year found that dog owners spend on average £4,791 in the first year of ownership alone** – nearly twice as much as cat owners. Another interesting tidbit? More than one in ten of those questioned claimed to love their pets more than their partner. (Don't worry - we won't tell if you won't.)
Our research also found that pet-owning Brits pay out an average of £3,024 per year - that's £252 a month – for the ongoing care of their pets, including food, grooming, pet-sitters, vet bills, treats, toys and pet insurance. Obviously, costs vary depending on the pet. A dog in the family sets owners back around £350 a month. Fish are the cheapest pet to own, at an average of £49 a month.