Pet owners spend more on dogs than cats, finds new MSE poll

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More than eight in ten dog owners say they spend over £500/yr on their pooch compared with just over half of cat owners who spend the same, a new MoneySavingExpert.com poll has found. Meanwhile, almost half (46%) of dog owners spend more than £1,250 a year on their furry friend, compared to just 15% of cat owners who spend the same...
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  • unforeseen
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    Well, that's a fairly pointless poll. 
  • Mnoee
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    I've never owned a dog, but I was under the impression that a 30kg labrador eats significantly more than a 4kg cat. I'd love to know what the guy spending £5k+ per year on fish has got - unless that's mostly set up costs, he must have something close to the sea life centre...
  • TripleH
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    I know 2 friends who spend a lot on their dogs including trips to the groomers. 3 of our cats are short haired plus never taking them out for walks means we are less bothered about the 4th looking 'perfect' (although we do brush and maintain her coat).
    As dogs are with owners more and are often bigger I can see its easy to buy them things.
    Besides the look of disgust I got from our eldest cat last time I played Dress up with her...
    May you find your sister soon Helli.
    Sleep well.
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    I have had dogs and cats at the same time and I'd say I spent more on the dogs. Food and vet bills are higher, flea treatments, wormers etc all cost more. I found that dogs will play with shop bought toys where as my cats prefered screwed up sweet papers, pen tops and cardboard boxes. They didn't like many cat treats either. 
  • elsien
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    Mnoee said:
    I've never owned a dog, but I was under the impression that a 30kg labrador eats significantly more than a 4kg cat. I'd love to know what the guy spending £5k+ per year on fish has got - unless that's mostly set up costs, he must have something close to the sea life centre...
    Not yet seen a cat that can do the same level of damage as a power chewer dog either. 
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
  • TripleH
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    Our cats helped strip the wallpaper when we were decorating and left it alone when we finished. My brother's dog chewed the plasterwork so my dad had to replaster when they sold.
    May you find your sister soon Helli.
    Sleep well.
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