Don’t get me wrong, my pet contributes to my general wellness by being a friendly, fluffy and constant companion. Here’s a completely gratuitous photo of her being totally unimpressed by my financial concerns:
This is why millions of us decided to get a pet during lockdown (I’m assuming no-one has done it as an “investment” here).
But have you considered how much it has cost?
It is something that recently come into stark focus my life as we are making some changes at home that will mean having to put a closing door (for fire safe reasons) on the room where her cat flap is. One solution was to put an INTERNAL, fire-safe cat flap on the new internal door (££££££).
Oh no we won’t!
As well as the regular food, there is also the insurance (already had some claims), “equipment” like her cat tree, vets & health treatment bills, and having to modify other internal security arrangements … plus a cat sitter when we go away.
Has anyone done the calculation of the lifetime cost of their pet (which seems heartless, but sensible)? According to this report, this can be as much as £24,000!!!
Have you factored this into your future income plans?