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by sitecore\aholloway on June 29, 2010

According to a recent APPA Pet Owners Survey, 62 percent of U.S. households own a pet and we will collectively spend an estimated $47.7 billion on our pets this year. Paying for all the expenses that come with owning a pet - from food to veterinary care to grooming - is enough to strain anyone's budget.

Through raising our own four-legged friends, MMI pet owners have found a few unique ways to make pet ownership more affordable. Without further adieu, meet our pets and read a tip from each owner about how we’re saving on the cost of pet ownership.



Alexis'  Frugal Pet Tip: Make your own toys

Cats have great imaginations when it comes to play time, so you don't have to spend a lot of time or money to make a toy they'll love. Paper crumpled into a ball, ping pong balls, and empty cardboard boxes are all fun for cats. If you’re the crafty type, sewing toys from recycled fabric (like an old towel or t-shirt) and stuffing with cat nip is another inexpensive idea.



Kim's Frugal Pet Tip: Choose the right food

When the price of pet food started going up, Kim did a lot of research on whether or not it was worth it to trade down her dog's food. The cheapest pet food may contain unhealthy fillers, resulting in more trips to the vet over the pet's lifetime. The highest quality pet food available, however, is also a poor choice if you cannot afford it. The right choice is the food that balances your budget and the health of your pet. For more tips, read Kim’s suggestions on how to choose the best dog food you can afford.

Merlin and Warlock

Merlin and Warlock

Paul's Frugal Pet Tip: Keep cats indoors

While veterinary checkups are always recommended, you can avoid unnecessary trips to the vet and extend the life of your pets by keeping them in a safe environment. Paul keeps his cats, Merlin and Warlock, indoors to protect them against communicable diseases (such as FeLV, feline leukemia), cars, and predators.



Chris' Frugal Pet Tip: Groom at home

 Grooming your dog at home can help strengthen the bond between you and your pet. Plus, you can save a lot of money by not taking your dog to a professional groomer. By creating his own dog grooming toolkit and grooming his golden retriever, Mackenzie, at home once a month, Chris estimates that he saves $623 per year on the cost of grooming. How have you saved on the costs of pet ownership? If you have any frugal pet tips to share, we’d love to hear them!


Amy King says:
July 01, 2010

Most communities also have low cost spay and neuter clinics where you can also obtain low cost shots for your pets. The best way know how to find these organizations is through your county animal control programs. I had my Great Pryneese micro chipped, neutered, shots, and tagged for 130.00 total. Great Pryneese' usually weigh over 55 lbs and the more they weigh the higher the cost. I went through

Christine G says:
July 01, 2010

I would like to know more about affordable pet insurance: how to choose, whether or not to purchase. I have an 18 yr old cat and two 12 yr olds...I know the insurance for the 18 yr old will be more expensive but (unfortunately) not needed for as long as the 12 yr olds (although you never know. My 8 yr old cat died of kidney problems). Is it worth purchasing for my cats to offset the cost of healthcare? Thank you.

MaryAnne Latham says:
July 01, 2010

I have always groomed my dog myself. In the past year, however, she does not want me to comb her, trim her fur or cut her nails. I still trim her fur and bathe her, but I take her to the vet to trim her nails. They only charge $15 and that includes draining of her glands, which I have done myself in the past. I think it is worth the money because it keeps her from freaking out and being angry with me.

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