Minimum lifetime cost of keeping pets in the UK 2018, by leading 3 pet types

This statistic shows the lifetime cost of keeping a pet in the United Kingdom in 2018, by three of the leading pet types (dogs, cats and rabbits). According to 2018 estimates, the minimum lifetime cost of keeping a cat is approximately 12,000 British pounds, while the costs of a dog roughly amount to 11,750 pounds as a mininum over its lifespan.

Estimated minimum lifetime cost of keeping pet dogs, cats and rabbits in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018

CatDog*Rabbit**
201812,00011,7507,750
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Source

Release date

May 2018

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

The estimated minimum cost is the minimum cost needed to care for the pet and provide for their five welfare needs (health, behavior, companionship, diet and environment). The figures cover the cost of pet insurance, but not of any vet fees, apart from neutering and vaccinations.
* Dogs were estimated between 6.5 and 17 thousand British pounds (size of dog affects costs). The figure shown is the average of this.
** Refers to the costs of keeping a pair of rabbits. These costs were estimated between 6.5 and 9 thousand British pounds. The figure shown is the average of this.

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