Sunday, September 4, 2011

How Much Would You Spend to Save Your Pet's Life, Survey Asks

The Kroger Company recently polled more than 300 pet owners to determine their attitudes about veterinary expenditures and pet insurance.

The survey revealed that a majority of pet owners (61%) would be willing to spend between $100 and $1,000 on medical procedures to save their dog or cat's life. Fifteen percent of those surveyed said they would be willing to spend between $1,000 and $3,000 for medical life-saving procedures for their pets while 10% said they would spend more than three-thousand dollars.

Participants in the survey were also asked what they fear most about their pet's health. Nineteen percent of cat owners fear kidney disease, 17% worry about cancer, and 10% are concerned with their cats getting injured in cat fights or fights with other animals. Twenty-seven percent of dog owners worry about cancer, 17% fear a hip, leg, or knee injury, and 16% are concerned about their dog getting hit by a car.

While only 2% of cat owners and 4% of dog owners said they currently have pet health insurance, 48% of cat owners and 61% of dog owners said they would consider buying pet insurance if it cost under $20 a month. In addition, about half, 55% of dog parents and 51% of cat parents said they would be interested in putting their pets on their own health insurance if it were allowed.

None of us want to think about how much we are willing or able to spend if our furry friends need a life-saving medical procedure, but it's an important decision to think about and prepare for. Do you know how much you would spend on a medical procedure to save your cat's life? What are you doing to prepare for medical emergencies? Have you considered getting your cat pet health insurance? Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section.


CatChannel: Survey Asks How Much Cat Owners Are Willing to Spend on Cat Vet Bills


  1. I am kind of surprised only 10% said they would spend more than $3000 for life-saving procedures. I don't mind spending as much as necessary for my kitties' health. Because they are my children and I love them so much :-)

  2. Interesting survey. We're with Goro and Niko's mom (aka Tamago) ... our cats are our kids, and we would spend as much as necessary (keeping in mind our cats' quality of life, of course). :)

  3. Well we wouldn't probably spend more then we had!!! WE hate credit.
    xx, Fern


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