Originally Posted by gunterkat
Try making some stuff yourself. You can save big bucks by being crafty.
And remember, kitties seem to appreciate the simplest things most.
I Agree. It is unbelievable what the fancy pet boutiques charge for a piece of felt stuffed with cat nip and tied with a ribbon. One of my catsí favorite toys, I got 3 for a dollar. They were homemade and for sale to benefit a cat rescue.
I grew my own catnip this summer. If you have a sunny window sill in your house (that the cats canít reach) you can grow it all year long.
I made a scratching post out of a log and one of my cats loves it. I looked into building a cat tree, but after figuring out how all the wood and carpet would have cost it wasnít so bad a deal to buy one.
I donít skimp on food. Only the best, although they prefer the junk. I figure if they eat healthier it will mean less vet visits down the road. There are online stores where you can buy cat food in bulk, but with shipping I donít know how much you would save.
I would not go crazy with the expensive cat beds. I found that a catís like of a cat bed is inversely proportional to how much you pay for it. The $75 dollar heated cat bed gets very little use, while the $10 floppy beds and cardboard boxes get the most use. If I put a fleece jacket down anywhere in the house , there is a cat on it in 10 seconds. I just tell my cat it was made by Prada or Coach and that seems to be enough for them.
I donít like the cheap cat litter, because it is so dusty. On of my cats is particular to a certain brand so I wait for sales and buy as much as I can.
I shampoo my cats so rarely I have had the same bottle for over two years. I use the cat wipes which arenít too expensive.