Poor owners pay so pets won’t ruff it
PAMPERED pets are sending their owners broke but Australians say their fluff balls are “worth every penny”.
A national survey has revealed that Australians are spending three times as much on their four- legged friends compared to items for themselves such as clothes, technology and entertainment.
One in four Australians spend up to 30 per cent of their disposable income on pets, with more than 46 per cent of those surveyed admitting their pet was a financial burden.
Half of respondents also admitted they didn’t want their pooches “ruffing” it and were more likely to buy expensive food brands for their pets than for themselves.
Australia has among the highest pet ownership rates in the world and findings from the Choosi Pet Report reveal close to 97 per cent of owners believe their dog or cat is just as much a part of the family as other, human family members.
La Trobe University’s Associate Professor Pauleen Bennett specialises in humananimal relationships. She said the study showed pets were more than just companions.
The study also highlighted the health benefits associated with pet ownership. More than 90 per cent of people said owning a pet was good for their mental and physical health.