With the cost of living crisis taking hold for many households, we are now all looking at ways to save money wherever we can. From energy bills to car insurance, it is sometimes possible to shop around and find better deals that can reduce costs, giving us back a few extra pounds that can be utilised elsewhere.
But can we reduce the cost of keeping a pet? Over the course of a year, the money we spend on our pets can be incredibly high and some are now having to make agonising decisions over whether they can afford to keep their pet at all. Following your initial purchase spend, you will have had to pay for accessories, such as bedding and toys, then perhaps veterinary injections and check-ups. On top of this there will be a yearly spend towards other essentials, including food and insurance. For this month's blog we have put together a few money saving tips for cat owners, for our feline friend who can always brighten up our day, but also make a dent in our wallet.
Everyone wants their pet to enjoy a tasty meal, especially when a good diet is key to keeping them happy and healthy for longer. But let's face it, cats can be fussy and their food can be expensive. So it is important to find a balance between the cost and the quality of what you are buying, ensuring that your pet is getting all of the essential nutrients that they need.
Keeping up with vaccinations, worming treatments and flea products are just a few of the regular vet bills that you might be paying for your cat. There are also extra visits that you might be making, for upset tummies, neutering, for swallowing foreign objects…the list is endless.
When we bring a pet into our homes, we often make the mistake of thinking that pet insurance is a bit of a waste of time and that if we look after our cats properly, they will never receive costly vet bills that will need paying through insurance. However, once we get that first big bill for something that we are unable to predict, we realise that a small monthly payment to an insurance company isn’t such a bad idea after all. In the long run, it will save you having to make difficult decisions about whether or not you can afford treatment.
Essential for daily use, cat litter will save your home from odours and mess. There are many types to choose from, such as wood or paper based, all of which have different price points and their own benefits. You may need to use trial and error to see which type suits your cat best, but once you have chosen, you can look to save money in the long term.