Estimated costs of keeping cats in the United Kingdom (UK) 2017

This statistic shows the estimated costs (initial, monthly, annual and lifetime) of keeping a cat in the United Kingdom (UK) as of 2017. According to the estimates, the basic lifetime cost of keeping a cat is 12,000 British pounds, depending on life expectancy.

Estimated costs of keeping pet cats in the United Kingdom (UK) as of 2017, by cost type

Estimated cost in GBP
Basic lifetime cost12,000
Initial set up250
Minimum monthly cost70
Minimum annual cost840
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Release date

June 2017


United Kingdom

Survey time period


Supplementary notes

* Estimates are based on current market prices.

Initial costs include beds, food and water bowls, microchipping, primary course of vaccinations, neutering, scratching posts, little trays (two) and litter scoops. Not including cost of animals.

Monthly costs include preventative treatments (regular treatments for worms and fleas, annual boosters), in addition to insurance, food, toys and litter.

Annual costs calculated by multiplying monthly cost by twelve.

Lifetime costs calculated by multiplying annual cost by average lifespan of a cat. Estimated according to O'Neill (2015) as 14 years.

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