Money saving tips for cat owners is a fantastic article which will help cat owners to substantially reduce the costs involved in owning a cat.
For many of us, cats light up our lives. Whether you have one pampered feline or a whole pride of different cats, chances are you would not be without them. It is a well known fact, however, that cats can be expensive. It is not just the initial purchase price that you should consider when thinking of getting a new cat, but it is overall cost of the cat over its lifetime.
Before you even consider adopting or purchasing any animal you should consider how much money your new pet is likely to cost you every year. Figures indicate that keeping cats can cost us a lot more than we might initially think. For instance the cost of feeding, housing and providing veterinary care for just one feline comes in at just around £700 a year! So imagine how much it is going to cost considering cats tend to live around 16 years on average. One cat will have cost your almost £12,000 over their lifetime! Factor in the estimated cost of keeping several cats, and you may find yourself having to hold down several jobs just to afford the feed bill!
Keeping cats properly is always going to cost you money, but there are many ways in which you can save money on your pets care without compromising on their needs.
One of the biggest costs you are likely to face in the up-keep of your cats, after potential veterinary costs, is the food bill. But it is possible to reduce the costs of feeding your cats if you follow our Top 5 Tips:
Always remember that the bigger the packet of food, the less it is likely to cost. If the food your cat normally eats goes on offer then stock up. It may cost you more initially but it will save you money in the long run.
Cut the cost of pet food by as much as 50% by buying in bulk
So another potential financial benefit is that keeping your feline companion trim will mean she will stay healthier long-term, saving you money on expensive vets bills.
Overweight pets are less mobile, less willing to play and more likely to develop a number of serious health conditions.
Most cat owners will agree that visits to the vets cost a lot of money. There are ways that you can keep your vets bills to a minimum. One way you can do this is by keeping on top of your cat’s health care at home. By following our checklist to keeping your pet in tip top condition you are less likely to need the attention of a vet.
Never assume that all vets charge the same fees and don’t assume that higher charges mean better veterinary treatment. Check out the vets in your area to find out which offer the best value for money. You can do this by word of mouth from other pet owner recommendations or by doing your own research and contacting each of the vet practices.
Another way you can save money on your vet’s bills is by insuring your pet. Pet insurance may seem like a lot of money but with unexpected illnesses and accidents potentially costing in excess of a thousand pounds it is money well spent. An article on saving money on your pet insurance on the money saving blog Sayvrs.com warned that:
Not all insurance policies are the same. Some only cover a condition or illness for one year, whereas others insure your pet for its lifetime. Always read the terms and conditions carefully so that you don’t get any nasty surprises if you need to use your policy in the future.
Before taking out a pet insurance policy, shop around and see what policies are available so that you don’t get caught out. Beware of special introductory offers as you may find yourself paying out more in the long run. Be aware that pedigree pets are likely to cost more to insure and always check out the policies’ excess before you buy.
It is so easy to get carried away buying things for our pets. We love them dearly and we want to show it by showering gifts on them. But our cats really don’t need expensive beds and toys from pet shops. Try recycling old towels and bedding to make a comfy place for your cat to sleep, chances are they will end up on our bed anyway. Rolled up foil can act as a great toy for cats with other homemade cats toys easily made as covered in this article.
Keeping cats is very rewarding and they bring a lot of joy and happiness into the lives of pet owners all over the world. Owning a cat is always going to cost you money, but by following our money saving tips for cat owners then you can shave hundreds of pounds off the costs of owning a cat.
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Tina is Siamese and Oriental cat breeder and regular contributor to Siamese Cat Breeder. Breeding and showing her cats and kittens under the prefix Mullsi, Tina can often be found at Cat Shows.