Why Kiwis have 200,000 less pet cats than in 2012

Posted by Sameen Shaw on

The number of New Zealanders that call themselves pet owners is slowly declining. A report by Euromonitor International from May 2017 shows that more Kiwis are deciding against getting pet cats and dogs every year.

The odds are stacked against pet owners

“Generation rent” is struggling to justify the cost of owning a pet and finding pet-friendly rentals. In 2016, 58% of New Zealanders owned at least one pet cat or dog but only a mere 14% of rental properties would permit pets to stay on the property. The prospect of getting a pet, then being unable to pay for its care later is enough to put most people off getting a furry friend, no matter how big or small. If you throw in the obvious shortage of pet-friendly rental properties in the mix, the problem becomes all too clear.

Making pets affordable

For Veterinary professionals, this is a growing concern. Unlike most industries, vet clinics are often preoccupied with concerns about the affordability of their services instead of growing their business. When Levin & Horowhenua Vet Centre decided to give Genoapay a try, they said:

“The most important thing for us is that our customers are able to afford the health care for their pets, that they may have otherwise not been able to.”

Like many other clinics, Levin & Horowhenua Vet Centre has to offer finance options for big-ticket services that even the most prepared pet-owners couldn’t afford on-the-spot. However, offering Genoapay finance for services up to $1,500 with no interest and no fees does help the average customer make ends meet. Levin & Horowhenua Vet Centre’s credit controller, Catherine, said that Genoapay is a good finance option for a variety of their clients.

Thinking about getting a pet?

While things have been better for NZ pet owners in the past (and pets!), the options available to them are growing. Because Kiwis are more frequently renting instead of buying properties, we may see a gradual change in attitudes amongst landlords and property managers. Further down the line, it is possible we may also see a change in tenancy legislation to accommodate responsible pet owners.

Renting with a pet

One helpful resource for pet owners struggling to find a suitable property is the free “Pet Resume” builder available from Rent to Own Labs. A potential landlord or property manager will want to know just as much about your pet as they will want to know about you. Having a pet resume shows that you’re serious about being a good tenant and pet owner.

If you’re lucky enough to find a great rental property for you and your pets, you’ll know that vet bills may be the next big hurdle. Your local vet can offer a no interest, no fees payment plan with Genoapay. 

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