8 ways to save money on pet ownership
Posted by: Eden Morrison on April 11 2018 | Tagged: General news
It is suggested that 49% of us in the UK have a pet, and many people will be happy to tell you all about their furry companion as they are often seen as part of the family. What is often not discussed is the cost of having a pet, which can end up totalling £17k throughout its lifetime!
Many people will head down to their local adoption centre, or will pick up a puppy from a reputable breeder, all before fully researching how much it costs to keep their furry friend healthy and happy.
The costs of pet insurance, food, bedding, toys, and other expenses such as puppy training classes and boarding/pet sitting/dog walking can soon add up. Read on to see our 8 top tips on how to cut the costs of owning a pet.
1. No more gourmet food!
Branded pet food prices are forever creeping up with the introduction of gourmet meals and new dishes for your furry friend, but the cost of cheaper, unbranded foods will be much easier to manage. You can also look into buying pet food in bulk from wholesalers which will keep your cupboards stocked and your wallets happy!
2. Homemade goodies
Treats are an important part of your pet’s life, whether this is edible sweets or new toys to play with. You can bake or make these items for your animal at a much lower cost than buying – and it also means you will know exactly what products and ingredients are going into them. Take a look at the video below for some ideas!
3. Pet Insurance
Pet insurance can seem like an unnecessary ongoing cost when you first get your new pet and they are young and healthy, but it is important to have a plan in place to ensure that you are safeguarded against accidents or unexpected illnesses. Not only do you want to make sure your pet has access to medical help in times of need, insurance can help to cut the costs of expensive vet bills. You can compare insurance providers here.
4. Keep on top of regular check ups
Following on from the point made above, it is important to keep up to date with your pets injections, vaccines, and regular check-ups. Again, they can seem like an unneeded cost whilst your pet is healthy, but to ensure they continue to live a well life it is important to keep these things up to date. This can help to prevent any costly medical bills in the long term which could come around a result of avoiding check-ups.
5. Groom your pet yourself
Whilst it can be easy to drop your furry friend off at the groom room to pick up in an hours’ time smelling lovely and feeling fluffy, the cost of this can range from anywhere between £15 - £35 a visit! If you take the time to brush your pet regularly, and give them a bath when appropriate for their breed, this cost can be cut significantly.
6. Adopt don’t shop
Adopting a pet from an animal shelter not only saves a life from being behind a cage door, but can also work out cheaper. More often than not the adoption process will be free, or will ask for a donation towards the admin fees, or the upkeep of the shelter.
7. Find a low cost pet sitter
Maybe this is a family member who would happily take your pet when you are at work, or are on holiday, or maybe you could form a cat sitting group within your community. Both of these options will end up working out a lot cheaper than kennels, boarding, or dog walkers which can start at £35 per day!
8. Buy second hand
Especially for larger pets, comfortable beds can be expensive. More often than not, you can find these in charity shops and online on sites like Gumtree in good condition. If you do purchase one this way, make sure it is washed thoroughly so it doesn’t smell like another animal which could upset your pet.
So there we have our 8 tips on how to cut the cost of owning a pet! Do you have any tips on how to save money on having a pet? Let us know on our Facebook page.