Discover how much your pet will cost you over its lifetime

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      Your beloved pet will cost you

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      the average cost is £

      Cost also includes, cost of pet, vet bills i.e. micro chipping & accessories i.e. food bowls, bedding & collar. Start Again Methodology

      How we determined the average lifetime cost of each pet:

      - Firstly we found the average lifespan of the UK's 10 most popular household pets.

      - We then determined each expenditure typically associated with each pet and whether those were purchased as a one-off, each month or annually (for expenditures where we were unclear of how often they were purchased, we initiated a survey).

      - To determine the average cost for the majority of each pets expenditures, we took the highest and lowest value on an authoritative pet ecommerce store to find the median cost.

      - If the expenditure was purchased monthly, the value was then multiplied by 12, which gave us the average annual cost.

      - Once we had the annual costs of each expenditure, we were then able to multiple the values by the average amount of years each pet lives to.

      - These were then added together, along with the one-off expenditures, to determine the average cost of each pet throughout its lifetime.

      Expenditures researched for each pet:

      Dog

      • Cost of pet
      • Insurance
      • Food
      • Toys
      • Home Grooming
      • Home Healthcare
      • Grooming
      • Puppy Classes
      • Treats
      • Microchip
      • Bedding
      • Neutering
      • Kennels
      • Household Training
      • Collar & Lead
      • Clothing
      • Vaccinations
      • Other Accessories (Bowls)

      Rabbit

      • Cost of pet
      • Insurance
      • Food
      • Treats
      • Hutch
      • Bedding
      • Neutering
      • Toys
      • Kennels
      • Vaccinations
      • Other Accessories (Bowls)

      Tortoise

      • Cost of pet
      • Insurance
      • Food*
      • Tortoise Table
      • Basking Light
      • Fluorescent light
      • Heat Pad
      • Outdoor Shelter
      • Water Bowl
      • Thermometer
      • Microchip
      • Red Night Spotlamp
      • Enclosure Decorations
      • Substrate*
      • Vivarium
      • *Monthly expenditures based on 9 months of the year, due to a 3 month hibernation period

      Cat

      • Cost of pet
      • Insurance
      • Food
      • Toys
      • Litter
      • Litter Box
      • Bedding
      • Scratching Posts
      • Treats
      • Home Grooming
      • Home Hygiene
      • Collar
      • Carrier
      • Kennels
      • Home Healthcare
      • Neutering
      • Microchip
      • Accessories (Bowls)
      • Vaccinations

      Hamster

      • Cost of pet
      • Insurance
      • Cage & House
      • Water Bottle
      • Food Bowl
      • Exercise Wheel
      • Food
      • Bedding
      • Toys
      • Healthcare

      Lizard

      • Cost of pet
      • Insurance
      • Vivarium
      • Lighting
      • Plants
      • Heating
      • Vivarium Decorations
      • Food & Water Dish
      • Food
      • Vitamin Suppliements
      • Substrate

      Fish

      • Cost of pet
      • Tank
      • Lighting
      • Filters
      • Air Pumps
      • Gravel
      • Food
      • Tank Decorations
      • Cleaning Products
      • Water Treatments
      • Goldfish Treatments
      • Holiday Food Tablets

      Guinea pig

      • Cost of pet
      • Insurance
      • Cage/Hutch
      • Watter Bottle
      • Food Bowl
      • Food
      • Treats
      • Healthcare
      • Toys
      • Bedding
      • Home Grooming

      Bird

      • Cost of pet
      • Insurance
      • Cage
      • Perches
      • Litter
      • Food & Water Holder
      • Toys
      • Bird Bath
      • Bird Food
      • Bird-safe Disinfectant
      • Microchip
      • Healthcare
      • Cuttlebone

      Chicken

      • Cost of pet
      • Coop
      • Run
      • Food
      • Feeder & Drinker
      • Treats
      • Grit
      • Bedding
      • Healthcare
      • Coloured Leg Rings

      Sourced:

      - Results based on a OnePoll survey of 1,000 UK Pet Owners

      General:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/ - http://petplanet.co.uk - http://petsathome.com - http://moneysavingexpert.com - http://pets4homes.co.uk - http://omlet.co.uk - https://exoticdirect.co.uk - http://findpetboarding.com - http://greenlanefarmboardingkennels.co.uk

      Dogs: http://dimadogs.com - http://boughtbymany.com/news/article/dog-insurance-cost/ - http://dogstrust.org.uk - http://mindmyhouse.com

      Cats: http://cats.org.uk - http://yourcat.co.uk - http://telegraph.co.uk - http://petwebsite.co.uk - http://moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/do-you-need-pet-insurance

      Fish: http://pets.thenest.com - http://carpco.co.uk

      Tortoise & Lizard: http://reptileexpert.co.uk - http://thetortoiseshop.com - http://abbeyvetspets.co.uk

      Chicken: http://mypetchicken.com - http://flytesofancy.co.uk -

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