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Pet owners in Japan spend ¥300,000 on dogs, ¥160,000 on cats a year

Kyodo

Pet owners in Japan annually fork out an average of about ¥300,000 ($2,780) for a dog, and an average of ¥160,000 for a cat, according to a recent survey.

Anicom Insurance Inc., which provides insurance policies for pets, on Tuesday released the results of the annual survey carried out with its clients.

According to the survey, the top spending for both animals was food at about ¥50,000, followed by insurance fees of roughly ¥50,000 for a dog and about ¥30,000 for a cat, while medical fees came in at around ¥45,000 and ¥24,000, respectively.

Spending on disaster-related goods, such as toilet sheets and emergency food supplies, rose sharply from the previous year — ¥602 to ¥1,082 and ¥633 to ¥1,431 for a dog and cat, respectively.

The company analyzed that spending on emergency pet goods is expected to increase further amid heightened contingency awareness of people in disaster-prone Japan.

The company included spending for small animals, such as rabbits, birds and ferrets, for the first time in its latest survey, revealing rabbits are the highest-maintenance animal among them.

The annual spending for a rabbit was around ¥88,000, including the heating and lighting costs of some ¥24,000.

The company also advised pet owners to consider these costs before deciding to take on a pet, as spending can be considerably higher if the animal gets sick or injured.

The latest survey asked clients about their spending in 2019. It was conducted online in February and March and received 6,111 answers, according to the company.

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