What has pet choice got to do with anything? Does it really say something about you that you picked a fluffy kitten rather than a big, loud Doberman?
Apparently it does. According to a report by ‘Scientific American’ even the fact that you have a pet, whatever it is, says something about you and your lifestyle.
- Your pet choice
- What your pet choice says about you
- How to choose the right pet for you
- Why you need to insure your pet
According to ‘Scientific American’…
- People who don’t have pets are more likely to value cleanliness (fairly obvious really), consider themselves to be independent, and tend to live in cities (again, that makes sense as it’s tough to have pets in cities).
- They also found that families are the most likely to own pets – surprise, surprise – followed by ‘empty nesters’.
- Also, no surprises, it’s generally women in the household who are the primary care-givers to the family pet.
- Pet owners are more likely to own their own home (obvious really as you’re more likely to be able to do what you want in your own place), and are often more social and empathetic than non-owners.
Insurers PetPlan did some research and they found that:
- Dogs are the most popular pets in the UK
- Married men living in the countryside are most likely to own a dog
- Single women in their twenties are most likely to own a cat
- More than half of dog owners describe themselves as being hardworking (the most hardworking own Alsatians and the neatest dog owners have Border Terriers)
- The majority of cat owners say they are introverted and messy (those that own Persians are the most laid back but people with Tortoiseshells are the most shy).
- Rabbit owners describe themselves as creative, laid back scatterbrains
So what does your pet choice actually say about you?
Dog owners are most likely to
- Be agreeable
- Live with family members (i.e. be a family)
- Not have higher education
- Be extroverts, according to a study by the University of Texas. It was even found that dog people tend to be the most fun to be around when compared to all other pet owners.
- Researchers believe that dog people tend to have this pet because they want a companion to join them on their social outings and a reason to talk to strangers.
- Cocker Spaniel owners are most likely to describe themselves as scatterbrains.
- Border Terrier owners are most likely to describe themselves as neat.
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier owners most likely to describe themselves as messy.
- Springer Spaniel owners are most likely to describe themselves as extrovert.
- West Highland Terrier owners are most likely to describe themselves as couch potatoes.
Celebrity dog owners
The Queen (corgis), William and Kate (spaniel), Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Paul Savage, James Whale, Annette Crosbie
Average insurance cost per month:
According to GoCompare.com, the average, cheaper insurance policy for a two-year-old dog is £13.15
Did you know…The Queen has spent over £675,000 on her corgis during her lifetime, according to research by credit comparison site Totally Money
Cat owners are more likely to:
- Be neurotic
- Be open to new experiences
- Be less socially dominant
- Have a college degree
- Be divorced, widowed, or separated
- Live in an apartment rather than a house
- Cat households are more likely to have more than one cat than dog households (think ‘mad cat lady’)
- The Texas University study mentioned above, found that, compared to dog owners, cat people tend to be much more creative and adventurous.
- Bengal owners are most likely to be creative.
- British Shorthair owners are most likely to be logical.
- Maine Coon owners are most likely to be a people person.
- Tortoise Shell owners are most likely to be introvert and lone ranger.
- Persian owners most likely to be cool cats and extrovert.
Celebrity cat owners
Joanna Lumley, Holly Willoughby, Fearne Cotton, Taylor Swift
Average insurance cost per month
According to GoCompare.com, the average, cheaper insurance policy for a two-year-old cat is £11.31
Owners of Furry creatures
Hamster, gerbil, guinea pig and rabbit owners are more likely to
- Be children (there’s a surprise!)
- Be playful
- Rabbit owners, particularly, were the most likely to describe themselves as creative, laid back, scatterbrain, lone-ranger and geek chic.
Celebrity rabbit owners
Miley Cyrus, Cara Delevigne, Paris Hilton, Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood
Average insurance cost per month
According to GoCompare.com, the average, cheaper insurance policy for a one-year-old Guinea Pig is £14.66 (10 monthly payments)
- Be socially dominant
- Be outgoing
- Describe themselves as “polite and caring”
- Be unemployed
Celebrity bird owners (mostly parrots)
Steven Spielberg, Elizabeth Taylor, Matthew McConaughey, Stephanie Powers
Average insurance cost per month
According to GoCompare.com, the average cheaper insurance premium for a one-year-old budgie is £8.20.
We are a nation of animal-lovers apparently, and we certainly like to spend on them. Last year alone, Brits spent a record-breaking £716 billion on their animals, as pet pampering became more prevalent.
And even if you don’t have a pampered pooch, it can cost a lot to keep any pet going day-to-day. Be careful how you choose one. Here are some pointers for choosing the right one.
Think about your lifestyle
Think about what would be best suited to your home and lifestyle. You might want a dog but if you’re never home, you could be better off with a budgie. Even cats like their owners to be around some of the time.
If you have a cat, will they have access to outside space while you’re out and about during the day? How will they get fed twice a day?
Also, do you have the money to feed a huge hound or the stomach to buy dead mice for an exotic snake? Think it through!
Don’t buy on impulse
It might be tempting if you see a gorgeous pet looking longingly at you but think about whether you’re really ready for the long term commitment. This is a long-term commitment – at least 10 years for a dog or cat.
You need to think about it beforehand, particularly the cost of feeding it, insuring it and finding people to pet-sit when you’re away.
go for a rescue pet
Oh do get a furry thing that needs a new home. They’re more grateful, MUCH less expensive and you’re doing the community a favour by helping the animals already in existence rather than propping up the (often nasty) pet breeders.
Thousands of pets are desperate for a good home. Look up your local dog or cat home or try the Blue Cross.
Rescue pets are usually adult and therefore less effort. They have been neutered, microchipped and vaccinated so much of the work (and expense) has been done for you.
In a word “Vets”.
Perhaps it’s because we have the NHS that Brits forget that they have to pay full whack for vet bills…and they really can be expensive.
A typical vet’s bill is now about £300 a time. Last year, pet insurers paid out £452 million last year in vet’s bills, so well over a million a day.
Just to give you an idea of one-off costs:
- The average cost of surgery is £1,500
- Ongoing treatment such as chemotherapy could come in at £5,000.
- A consultation with a vet is typically about £35.
- If the vet needs to carry out blood tests to confirm a diagnosis, you could be looking at a bill of between £100 and £130.
- X-rays could cost as much as £300.
- If your animal is injured in a road accident at night or at the weekend, you might have to pay a supplement of up to £150 for emergency treatment.
- An overnight stay at the practice can cost £500.
So, whatever you have, be it budgie, moggie, pooch or parrot, have it insured as soon as you get the pet to stop you having horrendous bills!
Use GoCompare.com to find the best value pet insurance for your beloved furry friend.