Japanese Pet Owners Spend More on Dogs and Cats in 2021

Data from Japan

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A survey of Japanese pet owners found that about 40% spent ¥100,000 or more on their dogs and cats in 2021.

A survey in Japan conducted by ipet Insurance targeted 1,018 dog and cat owners, asking them about their annual expenses for their pets in 2021. The most common expenses for dog owners, at 29.6%, were between ¥50,000 and ¥100,000, while cats were less expensive, as 36.9% of owners spent less than ¥50,000. The percentage of those who said they spent more than ¥100,000 during the year rose 4.3 points from the previous year to account for 40% of the total.

Pet owners were also asked what they thought was a major expense related to their pet in the past year and the top responses were “treatment for illness or injury”, “vaccinations and health check-ups”. health” and “food and snacks”. Compared to 2020, “food and snacks” increased by 8.9 points for dogs and 12.2 points for cats. This seems to indicate that owners, having had to spend more time at home due to the pandemic, overfed their pets, which may have led to weight gain.

The service that cat and dog owners most wanted to try in the future was the “online health check or consultation”. The lifestyle changes caused by the pandemic have made people spend more time with their pets and therefore become more interested in the health and fitness of their pets.

(Originally published in Japanese. Banner photo © Pixta.)

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