Do you think Japanese people spend more on their dogs or their cats? A survey by Japanese pet insurance company Anicom Insurance revealed that pet owners spent more than twice as much on dogs as on cats! The internet survey among the company's policy holders received 3,532 responses. Average annual spending on dogs was 347,104 yen, with only(?) 164,835 yen being spent on cats annually.
The biggest expense for both was food and treats, amounting to 64,745 yen for dogs and 42,925 yen for cats a year. According to the chart below, over 10,000 yen a year is spent on dogs' clothing. That might sound strange if you've never seen Japanese dogs. They have more clothes than I do! Owners reported spending more on their pets than themselves on grooming and medical fees. One answer was "I only get my hair cut once every two or three months but the dog goes for a trim every month."
Do you have a pet? Does this line up with how much you spend a year on your cat or dog? Do you think Japanese pets are pampered and this is too much? I'm curious and want to know what you think.