Pet boom in the region? – This is how much an animal costs in the course of its life

In the region, too, the desire for a pet has grown in many people during the corona pandemic. Dogs and cats are particularly popular. But what does the new family member cost in the course of their life?

district – In the pandemic, Germans bought more than a million pets. has put together, with, so that there is no rude awakening after the initial euphoria what costs animal fans in the course of animal life and have to do the math every month.

  • The most expensive pet: the turtle! The cozy armored animals can stay in the family for generations and cost almost nothing during this time 30.000 Euro. Costs per year: 300 Euro.
  • Dogs cost over 15,000 euros: A man’s best friend costs around 1241 euros a year – including acquisition costs, 16,800 euros can be accumulated over the entire “dog’s life”. Costs per year: 1241 Euro.
  • A cat costs almost 10,000 euros: For a velvet paw, you should calculate a little more than 600 euros per year – calculated over an average of 15 years of life, that’s over 9.910 Euro. Costs per year: 615 Euro.
  • Guinea pigs about half the price of rabbits: While you have to reckon with around 7,760 euros for a snuggly long-eared figure, the cute guinea pigs are only with 3.770 Euro comparatively cheap. Costs per year: 435 Euro.
  • The cheapest animals: budgies, fish and hamsters! The small animals are relatively cheap in terms of life: Budgies cost around about 1000 Euro and aquarium fish 570 Euro. Hamsters are with 490 Euro the cheapest pets. Cost per year: Budgie: 84 Euro, Fishes: 108 Euro, Hamster: 163 Euro.
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Animal needs in Waging am See have decreased

Luise Schmid, owner of the Schmid zoo and fishing specialist shop in Waging am See, notices little of a pet boom. On the contrary. During the pandemic is the Sales even decreased for her. “We are systemically relevant and were allowed to be open, but if nothing else is open in Waging, far fewer customers come,” she told “I don’t notice a pet boom. Where do they all buy their pet supplies, please? ”In her shop, she noticed the vacationers very much. “Since the campsites have been allowed to open again, our business is also doing better again. There are a lot of campers who don’t want to drag the dog food with them. And you can also notice the holidaymakers when it comes to fishing. “

Illegal trade is booming – since the first lockdown, puppies at the Winhöring animal shelter have been continuously

There is another dark side that the pandemic and the increased demand for pets brought with it to the region as well. The illegal trade in puppies. Much too young, wrong passports, illegal and punishments too low: For Marie Hund, animal shelter manager Winhöring, these are the main problems in the illegal puppy trade. “Since first lockdown in spring 2020 we all have puppies. In the meantime even between 20 and 25 ”, Marie Hund reported to As soon as the police make such a find, the responsible animal shelter is contacted – even in the middle of the night. And the regional breeders have already sounded the alarm.

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