Brits to spend £34 on pets this Christmas

Pet owners will spend an average £34.63 on their beloved cats and dogs this Christmas resulting in a collective festive spend of over £739m, according to a new survey.

Dogs are set to benefit from more festive spending than cats this year, receiving an average of £23.22 worth of presents compared to £17.48 per cat. Dog owners are more likely to splash out with three quarters of them (74 per cent) intending to get their dog a gift compared to less than two thirds of cat owners (63 per cent), says Sainsbury’s Pet Insurance.

5% of cat owners and 6% of dog owners will spend over £50 on their pet

Food treats are the most popular kind of present for cats, with 59 per cent of owners opting for these. Four in 10 (38 per cent) will buy a toy, and five per cent will go for pampering gifts such as taking their cat to a pet spa.

When it comes to dog owners, two thirds (67 per cent) will buy food treats for their pooch; followed by 59 per cent who will buy a toy and eight per cent who will purchase clothing. Three per cent will opt for a pampering gift for their dog.

A generous five per cent of cat owners and six per cent of dog owners will spend over £50 on their pet.

Scott Gorman of Sainsbury's Pet Insurance, said: “Pets are part of the family so it’s only natural many of us want to spoil them at Christmas. Care should be taken to ensure that any gifts are specifically designed for cats and dogs as a lot of human Christmas treats could cause illness or injury to animals.”

Sainsbury’s Bank is currently offering 12 months for the price of nine on its pet insurance, available to new customers who buy online or call 0808 172 6567. New customers with a Nectar card will receive an additional 5% discount. A further £30 to spend instore is available to new customers who get a quote and purchase a Sainsbury's Pet Insurance policy before  29th December 2014. The quote must have originated on the Sainsbury's Bank website or over the phone.