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Mexicans spend up to 3 thousand pesos a month in their gathijos and perrhijos

March 7, 2020

In February the day of the cat is commemorated; However, it is said that it may be the only animal that has three annual celebrations recognized: February 20, August 8 and October 29.

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Mexicans spend up to 3 thousand pesos a month in their gathijos and perrhijosMexicans spend up to 3 thousand pesos a month in their gathijos and perrhijos

In February the day of the cat is commemorated; However, it is said that it may be the only animal that has three annual celebrations recognized: February 20, August 8 and October 29.

In our country, more than half of the population (57%) maintains a pet and approximately 15% has at least one cat (more than 10.5 million felines), according to an estimate by MSD Animal Health Mexico.

The approximate monthly amount that people spend on their pet (for keeping it: food, toys, accessories, etc.), is less than one thousand pesos (45.4%), from one thousand to two pesos (41.3%), of two to three thousand pesos (9%), and more than three thousand pesos (3%), while 1.3% have not calculated that expense, according to a survey carried out by the financial services platform Coru.com and the company of Brad Engagment market studies in February 2020.

With respect to people who claim to have “extra” or special expenses for their pet, 43% spend on special food, 25% pay aesthetic, 24.4% buy a treatment or medication, and 7.6% other expenses or are eventual expenses.

The places where they usually buy items for their pets are supermarket (60.3%), specialty stores (32.6%), online (3.7%) or with wholesalers (3.4%). And the payment method for this type of purchase is usually cash, debit card, credit card, or with points and other payment.

50% of pet owners acknowledge that the most expensive expenses are usually the veterinarian, 42% say the food, while 8% say it is the aesthetic or caretaker.

Pet care

Regarding care expenses, 42.3% say they have not paid or would pay a pet sitter or walker, 19.7% have paid sporadically. While 14.7% pay caregivers more than once a week, 13% do so weekly and 10.3% require this service once or twice a month.

The amount that pet owners usually pay per caretaker or for an “extra” incentive for their pets is 100 to 200 pesos per occasion (55.3%), less than 100 pesos each time (38%), and only 6.7% Pay more than 200 pesos at a time.

Forecast of care, expense and safety of pets

37.3% of Mexicans do not have their pet insured and would not be interested in doing so, 35% do not have insurance and have not thought about it, and only 14% do have one. 13.7% have a chip or locator in case of loss of their pet.

The survey conducted in February 2020 involved 300 people over 18 years of age from all socioeconomic levels and residents across the country. The sample error is 5.6% and the confidence level is 95%.

Recommendations to save on pet care

  • Do not neglect your health : not only do they need to have all their vaccines, it is also recommended to take them to the veterinarian at least 2 times a year in order to deworm them, prevent and detect diseases that could affect their quality of life in time and mean an unscheduled expense. It is recommended to take advantage of free vaccination and sterilization campaigns.
  • Learn to buy your food : the most economical and poor quality food could have negative consequences for your health. You have to calculate how long your meal lasts and make a biweekly or monthly section. One option is to meet with family, friends or neighbors who have pets and use the same food to spread the cost.
  • Bathing at home : aesthetics for dogs, in addition to expensive, can be stressful for pets, so bathing and brushing at home is a good option, and take it to the aesthetic only when it requires haircut or other more specific services, such as anal gland cleaning or nail cutting. Do not forget that your dental cleaning is basic to avoid diseases.

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