There are so many gifts we receive from our pets. Love, comfort, companionship and so much more. I would hate to even imagine my life without my furbabies! I can’t even sleep without my cats snuggled around me. When my Psoriatic Arthritis and/or Fibromyalgia are acting up my cats are always right there purring and comforting me.
Whether you’re adopting a new pet or looking out for your current furbabies needs. I think it’s important to look at the quality and costs of caring for your pack.
Do you have the time and love for a new family member? Baby animals require a great deal of time and attention. Training your pet takes time and patience.
Be sure all pets have collars and tags with your phone number.
Take a picture with each pet in case of separation/emergency so you can prove this is your pet.
I believe it’s important to take a look at the things they need in order to live happy, healthy lives with us.
To save money on your pet needs you might want to sign up for repeat delivery with either Petco or Chewy. Not to mention the convenience of delivery.
Petco offers 20% off per order with this service with free shipping on orders over $49. http://www.petco.com
Chewy offers between 5-10% with free shipping on orders with free shipping on orders over $49. http://www.chewy.com
Grain free foods have been found to be the healthiest. My boys eat either Whole Earth Farms or Natural Balance.
Toys ~ I switch out my cats toys every few weeks so that there is always a fresh variety for them. I also give my babies a variety of toys tinkle balls, little toys with long feathers, catnip toys to keep them entertained.
Litter ~ I have multiple cats and so use a clumping litter made for that purpose. After years of trying different kinds, I have found that the corn-based litter like Arm and Hammers Naturals are the best.
Litter boxes need to be changed out each year. Even with one cat, it can get really nasty from excessive scratching and normal wear.
Vet bills ~ Depending on the Animal Hospital you choose and where you live veterinary bills can vary a great deal. Take your time in choosing a primary vet. Ask the big questions.
Is this someone you feel comfortable with? Have a rapport with?
Does the hospital hours work with your schedule?
Who will care for your pet needs when the main vet is out?
Some people prefer to work with an animal hospital that also offers boarding. Is this important to you?
Apartments require a pet deposit per pet living with you. In my experience, this runs about $200 each. Depending on where you live you may get this back upon move out. Some places also require pet rent.