The cost of a pet

How much does a pet really cost?

This infographic explores pet ownership, average costs and pet insurance in Australia to see how much a pet really costs.

Pet infographic part 1
Pet infographic part 2
Pet infographic part 3 

Pet ownership in Australia¹

Who owns pets?

 3 in 5 households

What type?

  • 39% dogs
  • 29% cats
  • 15% fish
  • 13% birds
  • 7% other*

*Another animal (rabbit, reptile, guinea pig, etc.)

To own or not to own¹

Main reasons why Aussies get a pet

  • Companionship
  • Teaching kids responsibility
  • Relaxation

Main reasons why Aussies don't get a pet

  • Home or lifestyle not suitable
  • Cost
  • Responsibility

The truth about cats and dogs¹

Average dog costs*

  • Food: $379
  • Vet care: $256
  • Health products: $133
  • Grooming: $71
  • Boarding: $35

Cost per year: $1,050

Average cat costs*

  • Food: $326
  • Vet care: $147
  • Health products: $92
  • Grooming: $14
  • Boarding: $35

Cost per year: $705

Average fish costs*

  • Food: $8
  • Accessories: $14

Cost per year: $29

Average bird costs*

  • Food: $42
  • Accessories: $23

Cost per year: $104

*Selected average yearly ongoing costs of an animal owning household. Other products and services have not been included in the chart.

Pet insurance

Number of owners that have pet insurance¹

  • 2 in 10 dog owners
  • 1 in 10 cat owners

Average yearly cost of pet insurance¹**

  • Dog owners: $206
  • Cat owners: $167

Things you should know about pet insurance

  • Not always available for older pets (7-9 years and older)
  • Higher premiums for certain breeds
  • May not cover desexing, dental, routine check-ups and vaccinations
  • You pay the vet bill up front, get reimbursed by the insurer and pay an excess

Top 5 things that cats and dogs eat that makes them sick²

Menu du Jour:

  • Underwear
  • Decorative stones
  • Socks
  • String and dental floss
  • Butter

**Average yearly cost of animal owning household who purchases pet insurance.

Think about the costs before you get a furry friend

Check out our pet expenses list for your upfront costs for a new pet.

Sources:

  1. Pet Ownership Survey 2013 (Animal Health Alliance now Animal Medicines Australia)
  2. Pet Insurance Australia, 2015

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Last updated: 05 May 2016