I recently joined the ranks of people who are trying to look after their cat on a budget. It’s hardly a unique tail, but changing jobs for a potential career boost in the future has meant moving into accommodation further into the city, leading me two a small two bedroom apartment which I now share with a colleague.
Although we’re technically not supposed to have cats in the apartments, no one is checking, so that’s not the problem, and Henry is a British Shorthair, so quite content with staying in and lounging during the day. The annoying thing is that I haven’t received a pay rise as it’s more of a move across with potential than a move upwards. The lack of increased pay, mixed with the increased cost of city living means that I struggle to meet all my outbound payments. I like to spoil my cat, but now I have to budget things for her, too.
I’m still learning, but here are some of the things I’ve found have reduced my pet spend, without reducing Henry’s quality of life.
This is where I’ve made the biggest cuts for Henry. Before, I used to Cook fresh chicken and eggs a couple of times a week, then use premium-brand cat food the rest of the time. I still think that getting the right nutrients for him is important, so I don’t want to go for any shoddy quality stuff, so instead I buy the food online via Vet Medic, which works out a few pounds cheaper for the age-specific stuff. The only downside is that it requires ordering a few days before its needed, so some planning is required.
Health is obviously a hugely important factor for me. Thankfully, he hasn’t been really ill before, but there are always precautions that can be made. The biggest one for me would be fleas. As he’s not out in the countryside anymore, there are less chances of him getting fleas from outdoors, but there’s still the chance that guests or myself can bring them from other pets. Frontline medication is a brand that I have used before and is really effective.
As I spend about nine and a half hours out of the house in the week, I used to buy Henry a lot of toys and things to interact with. The problem is that they’re really expensive, especially for the more high-tech stuff. I still have his cat tree which he likes to perch on, but for now I’ve stopped buying any toys. If I think he’s getting bored of the stuff he already has, I try to make toys out of cardboard rolls and string. He does destroy them pretty quickly and make a mess, but I figure it’s better than him being sad and lonely all day long.
I can’t think of any other main aspects that require a lot of cost, but if you have other ways, or can think of better ways to do what I’m doing, please get in touch.