9:44 AM PDT, May 28, 2021
A typical pet owner spends $176 on initial supplies and adoption fees to bring their pet home and another $111 per month which, over 10 years, adds up to $13,320, the survey said. Ten years is the average lifespan of a dog or cat, according to People.
Of the 2,000 Americans surveyed, over 45% owners say they actively worry that their pet might get sick or hurt, while another 33% worry their pet may be unhappy, People reported. All of this sounds similar to a parent of a child.
One in three pet owners felt that their pets are a reflection of them as people, according to the survey from OnePoll and AskVet
In the same survey, 48% of pet owners think that taking care of their animal has made them a more responsible person.