When I let Willow out of her carrier in the new apartment, she did what any cat would do and hid under the bed for 24 hours. EJ – who has never had a pet before – was really worried. And when she finally did come out, he thought she looked bored.
Babe, she’s a cat. They always look bored.
His solution however, involved a plan to go buy her toys in hopes of alleviating her suffering in the new apartment. The thought was very sweet, but here’s the thing…pets aren’t people. And while a new toy might distract a pet for a few minutes, in the grand scheme of things, they aren’t very materialistic.
I have compiled a list of three cheap ways to spoil your pet - because buying a cat a toy every time she looks bored is a really easy way to break the bank.
There is a really easy trick to a happy pet. Like boys, they are really best motivated by their stomachs. There are any number of pet cookbooks that can help you make safe, healthy food for your pet. Store bought treats can be expensive and are often full of preservatives and other chemical ingredients that can upset your pet’s tummy. Save your self the money (and the cleanup!) and make your own!
2. A Soft Place to Sleep
Our pets spend a lot of time at home while we are away at work or out with friends, and if the hair on my quilt is any indication, a lot of this time is spent snoozing! A comfy bed or crate pad is an easy way to make your furry friend feel loved while you are away. Of course, these can be easily purchased, but a DIY option will allow you to customize the size and design and save a few bucks!
3. Your Attention
At the end of the day, what your pet really wants is just to spend time with you. For an energetic puppy, this might mean a walk in the park or a quick game of fetch. For Willow, it is curling up next to me for some head scratches and a peaceful nap while I do some reading. They don’t need anything more than someone to love, and isn’t that really why we love animals in the first place?
Click on the photos below for links to a couple ideas!