I have four cats, all formerly feral cats that have adopted me. Feeding and taking care of four cats can be expensive, so it’s always great to find a deal. But as many pet owners know, a good deal may be a complete waste of money.
Cheap “Deal” to Avoid: Off-Brand Cat Food
I usually buy in bulk. The big bag of cat food can run me about 12 dollars. So, I thought I found a deal at an Aldi’s Grocery Store when I saw they were selling cat food for closer to $7.00. Big mistake. Not only would the cats not touch it, the birds outside (which normally gobble up cat food) completely ignored it.
Flea Treatment: Act Like a Dog Owner
If you go to Walmart, you can buy the Hartz Flea & Tick Treatment for cats. You’ll get 3 treatments for about $12. That’s not too bad a price… except it doesn’t work. After more than a week, our cats still had fleas.
You can order a product at Amazon.com called Advantage. This product works. The cat version will cost you about $11 for per treatment (when you buy a 4-pack), so it’s nearly three times the cost of the ineffective Walmart version.
Fortunately, there’s a trick to getting this for a LOT less. The dog version of Advantage is exactly the same as the cat version, just a larger quantity. This was told to me by my Veterinarian, and I confirmed it by checking the ingredients on both packages. Just like the cat version, you can buy a 4-pack of Advantage for large dogs for $44 (so $11 per treatment). However, that one large dog treatment is five times the quantity of one cat treatment… meaning you can get five cat treatments for that one dog treatment, putting each cat’s treatment at just $2.20!
So how I do it is I take a single dose for large dogs and get a syringe (which you can get from your Vet or any drug store – just make sure to remove a needle if it comes with one), and fill the syringe with .8 (point-eight) CC’s of that treatment for each cat.
This saves me more than $30 each time I need to treat my cats for fleas. And in this economy, every dollar counts!