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How much does having a pet cost?

PicodiJune 17, 2021

According to Google’s statistics, people’s interest in getting a pet has increased by 66% during the pandemic. Therefore, the analysis team has decided to check roughly how much it would cost first-time pet owners to get a new furry friend.

Man’s best friend

In the beginning, a new dog owner has to deal with some one-off costs. We put them into two categories: a dog purchase and a starter kit.

How much money dog owners have to spend on their pets?

You can either adopt a dog or buy a kennel club registered puppy. The most popular puppy breeds cost around $2,300. Other mandatory expenses include dog registration or microchipping.

The expanded kit includes three services that are not obligatory but have a positive impact on the health and safety of a dog. These are neutering and obedience training — $1,981.

Some things are essential for every dog, such as a collar, harness, leash, ID tag, bed, brush and two bowls: one for water and one for food. The cost of that starter kit amounts to around $216. Buying a special safety harness and belt for the car, designer clothes for rain protection, as well as a muzzle, LED collar, and the carrier cost an additional $373.

The recurring expenses to be expected when keeping a dog are divided into 6 categories:

  • food,
  • care & beauty,
  • toys,
  • veterinary care,
  • licence,
  • and additional services.

The cost of providing a proper diet range from $2,185 (for small dogs) and $3,330 (for bigger breeds). However, if a dog owner decides to buy premium food which means wet, grainless food without chicken, the cost of such a diet may increase to $3,470 for small dogs and as much as $10,910 for large dogs.

The care & beauty category includes cyclic deworming (at least two times a year), protection from ticks and fleas, shampoo for the dog’s coat and a year’s supply of poop bags — altogether $300. There are also groomer costs in the expanded kit, including grooming, trimming and wash with a blow-dry. Assuming that we use these services once every two months, you would spend an additional $990 a year.

Every dog needs toys: squeaky teddy bears, knot ropes and some basic balls. However, such toys are quite vulnerable to a dog’s teeth, and their yearly cost amounts to around $57. For those willing, there are also activity toys that are supposed to develop a dog’s intelligence ($50).

We can’t forget about the physical health of our pet. Annual vaccination against rabies and other infectious diseases, as well as a one vet check-up (assuming that the dog is healthy), cost around $154. If a dog has a problem with plaque, and the dental sticks available on the market don’t work, there may be a need for a dental cleaning (additional $450).

The formalities include a dog registration. It is worth noting that the amount varies depending on the place of residence: in Wellington, an individual dog licence valid for 1-year costs $191.

The last category is additional services such as pet sitter, dog hotels, and health insurance ($1,150). Although these are not obligatory, they make life easier when dog owners decide to go on vacation or the dog suddenly falls ill.

The price of a basic kit, that includes only necessary products and services for a dog, ranges from $2,887 in case of the small dogs to $4,032 in case of large ones. For the expanded kit, dog owners would have to pay up to three times more ($6,812 for small breeds and $14,252 for large dogs).

Let the cat out of the bag

The most popular cat breeds in New Zealand cost around $1,500. Additional costs including neutering and microchipping increase the price of the starter kit by $134.

How much money cat owners have to spend on their pets?

The price of a cat’s basic starter kit amounts to $249. It consists of: a litter box, scoop, scratching post, bed, brush, three bowls, nail trimmer and a carrier. The expanded kit ($271) also includes a leash and harness, clothes, a big scratching post with hideouts and an automatic feeder.

Regular expenses that a future cat owner has to be prepared for, are divided into 5 categories:

  • food,
  • toys,
  • care & beauty,
  • veterinary care,
  • additional services.

Annual cat food would cost its owner around $1,480. In case of premium grainless food, this cost may increase up to $2,200.

The toys category which includes squeaky mice, feather wagglers and balls, cost around $61 in the basic kit, and $101 when expanded by the activity toy.

Care & beauty is one of the more expensive categories. Annual expenditure from the basic kit amounts to $912. This includes litter, carrier insert pads, shampoo, ticks and fleas collar and deworming products. Grooming and washing from a professional cost another $276 a year.

A preventive check-up at the vet costs $65. Vaccination and dental cleaning, non-obligatory but positively affecting the wellness of a cat, cost an additional $464.

The last category includes health insurance and pet hotels. Such expenses amount to $577.

To summarise, the annual cost of keeping a cat is around $1,518. If the cat owners decide to buy products and services from the expanded kit, they would have to pay $4,595.

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The increase of interest in having a pet was based on Google Ads data for search queries connected to the adoption and buying of a cat or a dog for 2019 and 2020. The cost of buying a dog and a cat was based on prices from online marketplaces. Prices of products and services come from online stores, veterinarians, and groomers. The whole list of products and services can be found in the following link.

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