One of the biggest mistakes you can make when it comes to pampering your pet is assuming that the more expensive an item, the better it is. The reality is that you can often find great deals on high-quality items through big-box retailers such as Target.
Not only do these kinds of retailers often offer a variety of quality goods, but they also are often able to provide discounts and services that other locations don’t. According to these 17 tips for saving at Target, you can use the official Target app to know when they’re running a sale or have coupons available for the things you need. You can also use Target Restock to get household essentials, such as litter, shipped to your home with next-day delivery. You can’t get these kinds of services everywhere, so take advantage where you can.
Focus on Nutrition
Not all cat foods are equal. One of the best things you can do for your cat is to make sure you’re giving them all the nutrients they need. Take a look at the ingredients in your pet’s food; if the first item listed is some sort of grain, you can probably find something better for them.
Cats are obligate carnivores, which means their diet needs to be made up primarily of meat. Try to find a food source that lists meat as its primary ingredient. It’s okay for the food to contain some grains and veggies — these are a useful source of needed vitamins — but they shouldn’t be the majority of the recipe.
High-quality food is usually a little pricier, but you may wind up seeing a good return on investment. Cats that get a proper nutrient balance are less inclined to develop expensive chronic health issues. Vet bills and medication can take a big chunk out of your budget, and good food is a great form of preventative care.
Cats need lots of playtime. Regular hunting keeps them healthy and happy – even if they’re just hunting a laser beam. The great thing is, cats are pretty easy to please when it comes to toys. You may need to try a few different styles of toy out to figure out what kind your cat likes, but once you have the formula, you’re good to go.
If you’re having trouble getting your kitty to play with regular toys, consider trying a puzzle feeder. Food-motivated cats — even the lazier variety — are usually pretty interested in these treat-laced toys. Your best bet is to get a puzzle feeder that has a few different settings and difficulty levels; that way, once they get the hang of it, you can mix it up and keep the fun going.
Sleeping In Style
Cats spend most of their day sleeping: 16 hours on average. One of the best ways to pamper your pet is to give them a great place to snooze. Before you buy anything, however, pay attention to where your kitty likes to nap. Do they prefer something soft, or a flat surface? Do they like to be high up or low to the ground? Use these preferences to guide your purchase — there’s nothing quite as frustrating as seeing your fabulous new bed rejected for the box it came in. However, this may happen regardless of which one you choose.
You know your cat deserves the best, and clearly, they know it, too. So, spend wisely, and you can afford to pamper them for many years to come!
Article by Penny Martin at Furever Friend
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