Cat Owners: Don’t Waste Your Money Like I Did

In my haste and my leanings toward frugality, I’ve wasted money trying to find good deals on pet supplies that were anything but good deals. So I hope you can learn a lesson from my mistakes.

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!

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  1. raman13

    On August 29, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Good Stuff

    Interesting

    Best Regards

  2. Violet

    On August 29, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    also keep in mind that the hartz flea & tick treatment can kill cats… my vet said she’s seen it & there is nothing they can do to save them & it’s a horrible way for them to die

  3. Netty net

    On August 30, 2009 at 8:04 am

    I can see that you educated your self about the product.

  4. BluSphere

    On August 30, 2009 at 8:29 am

    good stuff

  5. Payge

    On August 30, 2009 at 10:41 am

    I have a cat that wont eat can cat food but I found out the fard way as well…that goes for the aldi dry cat food that she wont touch. My cat doesnt get expensicve food, but now I know what she eats and dont eat.Great article from a frustrated cat lover but loves the cat.

  6. gio00

    On August 30, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    thanks. i have my own feral cat that my step dad rescued from a wheel well in a car

    the at took a 40 mile ride across a good part of florida at 97 degrees outside

    and we found out she was only a week and a half old lol so we took care of her and stuff

    thanks for tips we wasted so much money on cat food and flea stuf

  7. Littlekid137

    On August 30, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    These would’ve been helpful tips but :) :) I dont have a cat I like dogs a whole lot more, still a very good written article.

  8. TammyFCaldwell

    On August 30, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    I have an AA in animal science, and was a dog groomer for 18 years. Your article is very informative, and I learned something new. I never thought to check the ingredients, slick. Your article is very helpful information especially to anyone on a budget. I too have found that advantage is the only treatment that works. Your article was well written and the problem and solution came across clearly. This is a very nice article indeed.

  9. Sonia Doreen

    On August 30, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    I’ve had 4 cats, then 7 and now only 2..Some given off to friends and some just ran off…I did have a rough time once with thier food bought in stock now I stick to their regular and safest ‘Friskies’ both biscuits and wet food and they love it, stay healthy and never fall sick..

  10. agriculi

    On August 30, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    My cats eat everything, including cooked peppers. But I don’t know about the Aldi, I won’t try it though.

  11. lindalulu

    On August 30, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Interesting article…;0

  12. Storm Jackson

    On August 30, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Good tips about saving money for the flea treatments for cats. When my cat had tons of fleas a few years ago nothing was working. I bought the walmart one you talked about and it didn’t work at all. Plus I tried flea powder and that also wasn’t effective. What finally worked for my cat was bio spot for cats. You can get it for about $15 at petsmart. This was the only thing that worked in my case.

  13. GreenSunshine

    On August 30, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    I’m sorry I’m a dog person :[

    But I’m sure if I had a cat I would of found this article very very informative!

  14. Bailey Thompson

    On August 31, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Very informative. Thanks for sharing!

  15. unown971

    On August 31, 2009 at 5:53 am

    Wow! That’s a funny trick!

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