Thinking of getting a fur-ever friend? Pets make for wonderful companions and can positively impact your life in a variety of ways, including reducing stress and anxiety, and even improving your cardiovascular health.
But before you start looking for the purr-fect pal, read on for some simple tips to help you avoid your pet taking a bite out of your budget.
Who said fur-fashion had to be expensive?
When you first get your paw-tner, it’s easy to go a bit overboard and rack up expenses on all sorts of accessories. In the case of collars and leashes, they don’t need to be fancy to do the job, they just need to fit well to ensure they don’t slip off at a moments’ notice, are comfortable, and sturdy enough to withstand the wear and tear you can expect from daily activity. Likewise, try to source items like bowls that are made from hardy materials, such as metal, particularly if your pet is prone to chewing!
Don’t let them eat you out of house and home
It’s important to look after the health of your furry friend, and this begins with providing them with nutritious food. You don’t necessarily have to purchase the most expensive pet food, but it’s important to check that what you do select is low in ‘fillers’ – ingredients that add bulk to a diet without adding any nutritional value. Alternatively, if you have time to prepare their meals, another healthy option that won’t necessarily break the bank is a raw food diet.
Fur-salon at home
Some pets, like certain breeds of dog will need to be groomed regularly to avoid developing painful mats and skin problems. You can potentially save a lot of money by learning to groom your pet at home. Make sure you do a bit of research online to select a brush that is appropriate for your pet’s coat. Overgrown nails can pose a risk to your pet’s wellbeing. Trimming them regularly will help your pet to feel more comfortable whenever it’s time for their next pawdicure!
Running with the… dogs
Exercising regularly is key to support your wellbeing, and if you’re a dog owner, taking them for a walk or run is important for their health too. You can save money on pet toys by simply heading to your local park and playing fetch with a stick or ball. Most dogs go mutts for tug-of-war, so putting a ball in the toe of an old sock and tying it closed can deliver hours of entertainment!
If after reading this, getting a paw-some fur-friend has rocketed to the top of your goals, check out our guide to support your financial wellbeing, to help you turn your dream of pet ownership into reality.