Dogs Cost Twice As Much As Cats, According to Recent Study

If you’re a tad money-conscious, here’s another reason that being a ‘cat person’ is awesome — research shows it’s way cheaper to have a feline friend.

Dogs cost twice as much as cats
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Since the dawn of time (um, probably) men and women have fought over just one fundamental question — are cats or dogs better pets? While we know the answer to that question without missing a beat (it’s 100% cats), we now have some proof to back that up. You see, if you happen to be conscious of your cash, there’s only one pet you ought to be investing in anytime soon.

According to a recent survey by UK-based Nationwide Home Insurance, the cost of owning a cat is just over half the cost of owning a dog in the first year. What that means is that people who own cats will save around £2,000 on their pet costs over the first 12 months of owning them. It might sound too good to be true, but here are the figure to prove it:

How much do dogs cost their owners?

As you may imagine, there are a whole load of costs associated with owning a dog. Pet lovers have to pay for everything from insurance and medical care to food and accessories. All of the above were taken into consideration in the Nationwide study and the results found that dog owners forked out a whopping average of £4,791 in the first year of getting the pet. Yikes. That’s a whole load of cash for a pup!

How much do cats cost their owners?

While, of course, there are similar costs associated with being a cat owner, it seems that our feline friends are far cheaper than dogs. In fact, according to the survey, cat owners spend around £2,445 on their kitties in the first year. Yes, you read that right. It costs UK cat owners about half the amount it costs dog owners to look after their pets.

So, why is that? Well, one of the reasons may be simply that cats are smaller. In general terms, felines eat less than dogs, their insurance is lower, and they need less than hounds do. It may sound overly-simplified, but sometimes, the most straightforward answer just so happens to be the right one too.

The verdict: Cats are the best pet!

What does all this information mean then? Well, when you look at the facts, it’s much more financially viable to own a cat than it is to own a dog. Not only are these pets beautiful, affectionate, and mysterious, but they also cost much less than yappy hounds. Brilliant!

Of course, before you rush out and buy a pet of any sort, you need to consider whether you can afford it. “Owning an animal can be extremely rewarding, but a very expensive experience,” explains Rob Angus, Nationwide’s head of general insurance. “Given a pet is for life, it’s important to plan ahead and budget for the potential costs involved, otherwise animal ownership could turn into a financial headache.”

So, what do you think? Are you pleased your kitty is super affordable to care for? Let us know in the comments section!

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