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True cost of most popular pets this Christmas revealed

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Posted by Kirsty Timsans

In the lead up to Christmas, Mozo has crunched the numbers on the pets at the top of every child’s list including goldfish, guinea pigs and even a pony, finding that families could be hit with setup and maintenance costs in the several hundreds or even thousands for the first year alone.

Mozo Director Kirsty Lamont says these figures are a reminder that families should carefully consider the total financial commitment over the lifetime of a pet before placing one under the tree this Christmas. 

Mozo's Christmas Pet Giving Guide

Animal Cost Food Enclosure / Bedding Maintenance Regular Medications Other Total Costs 1 Year
Goldfish $8 $7 $29 $16 $12 $7 $80
Hermit Crabs $16 $10 $140 $10 N/A $17 $193
Guinea Pig $80 $33 $139 $22 $36 $58 $368
Rescued Cat $150 $40 $38 $42 $144 $92 $506
Ferret $140 $39 $166 $57 $79 $69 $591
Rabbits $198 $33 $139 $39 $276 $58 $743
Rescue Greyhound $350 $36 $35 $88 $220 $56 $786
Persian Cat $1200 $40 $38 $42 $144 $92 $1556
Dachshund $2600 $40 $64 $88 $277 $56 $3125
Pony $3500 N/A $12480 $78 $189 $772 $17018
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