here is the animal (and the breed) that costs its masters the most

Adopting – or buying – a pet represents a significant budget. From its acquisition to croquettes, through vaccination and insurance costs, a cat like a dog costs more than 20,000 € during its life to its masters. This is the conclusion of Savoo.fr, which calculated the price of owning a companion.

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To do this, the online promotions site analyzed the expenses generated, despite themselves, by tomcats and doggies, linked to 9 universes. Cost of purchase or adoption, food, insurance, vaccination (including reminders), grooming, training, toys, litter box, or even collar, scratching post… Expenses that can weigh heavily on the bill, especially that of felines.

The budget of the cat is more expensive than that of the dog

On average, a cat costs its masters €26,675, compared to €20,630 for a dog. A colossal difference, but which does not put off the inhabitants of France to welcome one: the small feline remains the most popular pet in France*.

Whether it’s the monthly budget (152 € vs 128 € for the canine) or annual (1,833 VS 1,553 € for the mutt), the cuddles of the kitty prove to be much more expensive. It is only during the first 12 months of its acquisition that it requires less expenditure: 2,878 €, against 4,186 € on the dog side.

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Despite the 100,000 cats and dogs abandoned each year in France**, some purebred animal lovers want to buy rather than adopt. A decision that can, in particular, have a strong impact on their budget. The purchase of a Maine Coon or a Russian Blue generates, respectively, €1,091 and €869 more in expenses during their lifetime, compared to their adoption.

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The ranking of the most (and least) expensive purebred cats during their lifetime

The Savannah is the breed of cat that causes the most expense


A Savannah breed cat© iStock

If buying a cat with a LOOF pedigree necessarily entails more expenses than adopting it, notable differences exist, in addition, between the breeds. Thus, a Savannah will cost its owners €32,882 over its lifetime, compared to only €22,060 for the tenth-ranked British Shorthair. The fault is its very large size (up to 45 cm against 24 cm for an average domestic cat), which causes a large consumption of food.

The Maine Coon and the Ragdoll, the 2 other breeds of cats also on the podium

A Maine Coon cat.
A Maine Coon cat © iStock

The Maine Coon is the second most expensive purebred cat, this time due to the high grooming costs associated with long hair and the purchase price of kittens (€1,091 on average). The Ragdoll succeeds it, in particular because it is the 3rd most expensive cat breed to buy (€1,049).

The British Shorthar, Bengal and Siamese are the 3 most affordable purebred cats

Conversely, the British Shorthair, the Bengal and the Siamese are the breeds of cat that cause the least expenditure during their lifetime: respectively €18,634, €19,894 and €25,959.

The ranking of the average budget spent on purebred cats during their lifetime

Average estimated budget for a purchased cat

  • The Savannah: €32,882
  • The Maine Coon: €1,091
  • The Ragdoll: €1,049
  • Russian Blue: €27,573
  • Scottish Fold: €27,064
  • The Sphynx: €26,911
  • The Persian: €26,848
  • The Siamese: €25,959
  • Bengal: €19,894
  • The British Shorthair €18,634

*Source: FEDIAF, 2019.

** According to the words of Anissa Putois, communication manager at Peta France, relayed by nationalgeographic.fr

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