Pets are like children to many Americans — here’s how much pet owners spend on average each month

Dogs are not the most expensive pet to care for.

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Dogs are not the most expensive pet to care for.
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  • Pet owners spend an average of $126.19 every month on their furry friends, according to a recent survey.
  • Dogs are more costly than cats, but canines are not the most expensive pets.
  • Fish are the cheapest pets; fish owners spend $62.53 a month on their aquatic friends.

Pets are often part of the family, and animal lovers certainly have to pay to take care of them.

Americans spend an average of $126.19 every month on their pets, according to a recent survey of over 1,000 pet owners. That’s a lot of dog bones and kitty litter.

But the cost of pet ownership varies depending on the type of animal you have. The American Veterinary Medical Association found that 36.5% of US households own dogs and 30.4% have cats. Dog owners also spend more money than cats, who are apparently low maintenance.

See how much it costs to take care of a pet every month, ranked from least to most expensive.


Fish: $62.53 per month

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Rabbits: $65 per month

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Mice or rats: $80 per month

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Cats: $92.98 per month

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Birds: $113.89 per month

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Reptiles or turtles: $116.63 per month

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Dogs: $139.80 per month

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Others: $351.67

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