This probably isn’t a late-breaking bulletin for anyone but… Cats are awesome! They’re cute, clever, affectionate, playful and just brimming with personality. They make great pets whether they’re kept indoors as house cats or left to roam the neighbourhood and take themselves on local adventures. They are clean, neat, tidy and at home in houses and apartments alike. They’re independence, autonomous and low maintenance. While cats get an (unearned) reputation to being indifferent to their owners they can be as devoted and connected to their human owners as dogs are.
However, taking in any pet should always come with caveats. You need to be able to ensure that you can support your new feline friend and provide for its needs. And the cost of keeping a cat may be higher than most think. According to research by Sainsbury’s Pet Insurance, keeping a cat costs a lifetime average of £17,200. £300 more than owning a dog! That’s an eye opening statistic, to be sure. Fortunately, thrifty folks with love in their hearts have plenty of ways in which they can keep the cost of cat ownership down...
Keep your nose to the ground to sniff out great offers
Cats have very specific nutritional needs, especially when they’re kittens. Unlike dogs, domestic cats haven’t evolved to digest cereals and vegetables. They need lots of protein, fats and amino acids. When buying cat food it’s essential to keep their needs into account if you want your cat to have a long, healthy and happy life. Sure, there are lots of different cat food brands out there, but not looking a little deeper into what's going into your cat’s food can result in them not thriving.
But don’t worry. You can have the best of both worlds. You don’t have to torpedo your household budget to keep your cat well fed and well nourished. In fact, we’ve made it our mission to bring cat owners great quality nutrition at affordable prices.
Just like your cat, you’ll need to keep your nose to the ground and sniff out great deals to keep your cat well nourished at a pocket-friendly price.
Invest in a scratching post (it’s way cheaper than furniture)
Cats love to scratch. It’s a natural and important behaviour that should be not just tolerated but encouraged. It’s not only a way of keeping their claws in great shape, it’s also a territorial rite. They have scent glands in their paws which help to mark their territory, and this impulse should be not just tolerated but encouraged if your cat is to feel at home.
However, that means that they need to have something to scratch. And if you don’t provide it for them, it’s only a matter of time until their claws find your expensive designer sofa. A scratching post is fairly inexpensive and unobtrusive and certainly costs way less than replacing or reupholstering your sofa.
Beware of false economy when buying cat litter
There are so many cat litter brands out there that it can be tricky to know which to choose. Do you choose clumping or non-clumping? Biodegradable or non-biodegradable? Scented or unscented? Wood, clay, silica or something else entirely? There’s no right or wrong, but in our experience we find that cheaper cat litter brands represent a degree of false economy. They don’t clump together or control odours all that well, meaning that the litter tray needs to be scooped out and emptied more often. Thus, you can find yourself going through cat litter much faster. Some brands are so effective at masking unpleasant smells and absorbing moisture that provided that you scoop diligently, you can leave the litter tray for as much as 30 days without having to empty and replace your cat litter.
Insure your pet
Whether your pet is a house cat or an outdoor cat, it’s in your best interests to insure them. The monthly direct debit is fairly negligible (you can get a fairly robust policy for less than £10 a month) but the savings you can make are immeasurable.
Outdoor cats especially can get involved in accidents or scuffles with other cats. When your cat limps home with an injury, your vet’s, bill could be crippling for you (pun semi-intended). Insurance gives you peace of mind that’s well worth paying for and means that you won’t have to remortgage your home to get them the very best veterinary care of they fall ill or get injured.
Teach yourself the basics of cat grooming and claw care
Cats are pretty low maintenance and generally do a good job of keeping themselves clean and tidy. Nonetheless, many cat owners (especially owners of longer haired breeds) find that their cats require regular or semi-regular grooming. While there are lots of cat grooming services out there, they can become costly if your cat requires grooming regularly. What’s more, getting your cat to climb into their basket for a trip to the grooming salon or to behave themselves when they get there can be an uphill struggle. When cats are unhappy with a situation they aren’t shy about showing it.
The beauty of living in the digital era is that there’s no shortage of YouTube tutorials and blog posts which can guide you through the process of keeping your cat’s fur and claws well maintained. While they might not seem crazy about the idea at first, over time they’ll come to trust you with their grooming and this can bring you closer together while also saving you money.
Owning a cat certainly can be expensive. Bit with a little knowhow, some due diligence and a nose for a bargain, cat owners can find all sorts of ways to claw back some savings!