Buying a pet can seem like the done thing to do but whether your tastes are domestic or exotic it can come at a hefty price, warns new research. Money-saving website PromotionalCodes.org.uk has looked into the costs of buying our top ten most popular pets, including a ferret, tortoise, guinea pig, lizard, parrot, rabbit and hamster.
Their research revealed that a Grey African Parrot is the most expensive pet to buy, setting you back a screeching £959 – taking into account the price of the bird, its enclosure and one batch of food. The Bearded Dragon is the most-picked reptile to have as a pet and the second most expensive to buy at £300 – with a vivarium coming in at £145 and a box of moist food £11, totalling £456.
At the other end of the scale a Syrian hamster is yours for £40 in total, making it the best option if you’re tight on the purse strings.
Dogs are the third most expensive pet at £406. With the most popular breed in the UK being the black Labrador, the cost of a puppy will set you back around £350.This is as well as an indoor cage to keep your pooch safe at night and when travelling which will cost £50 and of course food, with one bag of meaty treats coming in at £6.
If you’re more of a cat person than you’re in luck – they were revealed to be the second cheapest pet to buy. The price of a kitten is £25, while a cat carry-box is £17 and food £6.
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