A parrot has been found to be the most expensive pet to own in the UK, new research has found.
A study conducted by PromotionalCodes.org.uk looked into the real costs of owning ten of the most popular pet breeds in the UK, including a dog, cat and rabbit.
It was revealed that opting for a Grey African parrot will set owners back on average £959 – taking into account the price of the pet, its enclosure and a standard batch of food.
At the other end of the scale the research claimed a Syrian hamster will cost on average only £40 in total.
The research looked at the ten most popular pets kept in the country, and while the dog and cat were included, also in the line-up were the ferret, tortoise, guinea pig, goldfish, lizard, parrot, rabbit and hamster.
It took into consideration the cost of buying the animal, purchasing an enclosure or carry box and the cost of one standard portion of food.
A spokesperson for PromotionalCodes.org.uk said: “Owning a pet can seem like a great idea, especially families wanting a dog or cat to complete their home. However, many people are unaware of the actual costs that come with pet ownership.
“Buying an animal in the first place is always going to be costly, whether you choose a popular or unusual species or breed. On top of that, the food is always going to be hefty every week.”