Before you make the decision to adopt a cat, one of the major stumbling blocks you may face is figuring out whether you’re in an ideal financial situation to become a pet owner. Between food, veterinary and other pet-related costs, bringing home a cat is a significant financial investment that you should weigh carefully with your current budget. Luckily, there are a number of methods to reduce your bottom line and still provide the highest standard of care for your feline, but you may have to become a bit more bargain-savvy than usual. Here are a few ways that any cat parents can cut down on their pet-related expenses.
Buy in bulk
According to Petfinder.com, once you’ve found a brand of food that your cat enjoys and will eat on a consistent basis, you should consider stocking up on as much of this food as possible to cut down on your monthly costs. This will allow you to meet the needs of a cat’s daily diet and save a bit of money in the process. Of course, to ensure that this food stays fresh for multiple months, consider investing in large bins that can easily be stored on a shelf in your pantry to give your cat a fresh scoop of food for each meal.
Create a rainy day fund
You never know when an unexpected medical emergency or a necessary procedure will arise, so to ensure that you’re not taking any more money out of your usual budget, consider setting aside some money as a rainy day fund soon after you adopt an animal. Additionally, looking into pet insurance plans that can cover some of the costs of these expenses is a wise choice, and pet insurance premiums are typically not that expensive and won’t add much to your bottom line.
Look for unique ways to cut back
According to Catster.com prioritizing what your cat really needs and what is a luxury is an important distinction to make with any pet-related purchase. For instance, do you need to spend more for the clumping, scented litter or can your cat get by with unscented and a more coarse litter? Are there low-cost veterinary services offered in your area, can you make a few cat toys with items you’ve found around the house or whip up a few homemade cat treats to save money? Being creative is vital in reducing your pet budget, and you may be able to find new and innovative ways to cut costs while still promoting cat wellness in your household.
This content is provided by the pet wellness experts at Hartz. We know that adopting a dog or cat is a huge commitment, so we’re here to help you feel confident and become the best pet parent you can be.