Send in your pet saving tips.
- I made a great dog bed by cutting up an old foam mattress.
This required a hand saw, but didn't take much
effort. I went
to the local coffee bean shop and got free hessian coffee
bean sacks. I
used these as bed slips.
All in all I managed to get 2 large dog beds and 2
cat sized beds for free.
They look great and my pets love them. - C.S., Nelson
- To stop your neighbours
cat hanging around your door or digging up your precious
vegetables buy a water pistol from a cheap variety store.
Much cheaper than chemical repellents and only squirting
twice gets the message across. - Dorothy, Whangarei.
pet tips - Be careful when giving elderly dogs (over 10)
bones. Their teeth might be worn and break. Soak dried food
in hot water for an hour prior to feeding to an elderly dog.
- I bulk buy frozen
food(K9) in 5kg lots for my dog and find that weighing a
daily amount and bagging it up in the blue bags is a very
handy way to store it in the freezer. it helps identify dog
food in the freezer and once she has eaten it I re-use the
bag for scooping the poop. Saves finding lots of containers.
My dog is on 400 grams a day which fits nicely in the blue
bags which have to be the cheapest bags around. - Canny scot,
of Paraparaumu has a cat food recipe and a comment about
feeding pets linseed (which was suggested by Margaret from
Whangarei). Diane says, “This can be a bit dangerous as it
can be a pain instigator in some. I would suggest that if
giving it to animals make sure it is a very small amount and
no often than once per fortnight - smaller dogs, once per
month. Linseed may contain Omega 6 which is in plant material
and vegetable oils and according to a book I have, can
be pain inducing, whereas Omega 3 in fish oil is pain
reducing. Here’s my cat food recipe (dogs may love it too
and may get the same benefits). Get
about 3kg of fish scraps from a fish purveyor - the
cost is minimal if not free. Put in a large, preferably
stainless steel pot. Just cover with water and cook
gently until fish turns white. Use a potato masher to
mash up the fish and loosen all the bones. Remove bones and
bury in the garden if you have one. Once the mixture is
cold, put into plastic containers, water and all, and
freeze. It makes around eight decent sized pottles. When
thawed for use, it will have formed a lovely gelatinous
jelly and a welcome addition to a cat's diet.”
- To make dog food (dry) make a vege stew, pumpkin as a base,
pasta or rice, boil all together and add garlic, not in the
drinking water as dogs will not drink water with additives.
Don't ever put onions, leeks into dog stew. The garlic helps
with worms and fleas. - N.P., Hastings
rinsing our margarine or ice cream containers for the
recycle bin give them to your dog to lick clean. Dogs like
it and butter wraps too. - P.B.
- Our dog developed an allergy
to red meat (very common in older dogs )The vet recommended a
diet of cooked rice, veges, and a little dried dog food. He
advised us to buy the cheapest rice and cook it up in bulk
and to add carrots and greens. When we had chicken, she had
the leftovers as well. She lived another 8 years on this
diet and was very healthy and happy. - J.B.
seeds cooked in the food for dogs, gives them a shinny
coat. - Margaret, Whangarei.
- When feeding puppies or younger dogs, boil up all your vegie
scraps (potato skins and carrot peelings etc), then when
soft, mash them up.... they really love it and it's great
for them. Also
lavender, freshly picked and rubbed along a dogs back, keeps
away fleas!!! - Kaye,
- One chicken has many create uses. Firstly cooked chicken
makes a superb roast, any meat left over etc is great cold
for sandwiches the next day. Then use the carcass to make
chicken stock. Add 6 cups of water, 2 leeks, 2
carrots, 1 bay leaf, peppercorns, celery, fresh chopped
thyme and parsley, bring boil, then simmer for a couple of
hours then strain. All the chicken meat falls off. I then
use the cooked vegetables and chicken for dog food which I
mix in with their dog biscuits. I then use the chicken stock
to make homemade pumpkin soap, which I then freeze into
lunch serving portions. - Sandee Bee, Auckland.
- When I
clean out my fish tanks (2) I save the water for my indoor
plants, and out side one's as well, the water has lots of
nutrients, and my plant's flourish. Give it a go. - D.M.
- Flea treatments cost a fortune!! What we've done with our
two cats is to train them from kitten to be bathed and
brushed regularly. We usually only get fleas on them if we
go away for a few days (those who feed them don't comb
them), but a few vigilant weeks of bathing ang brushing sees
them right. - J.Y.,
to a good home
- Free to a
good home is the best way to “buy” pets. No need to
waste money when so many pets are looking for good homes.
(One word of warning for those offering pets free to a good
home – make sue it is a good home and not on-sold.)
- My cat suffers from
skin allergies -maybe from flea bites, maybe something else
- but I used to spend hundreds of dollars every year on vet
visits and cortisone injections, as he would lick constantly
and end up with bald and/or weepy/bloody patches. After
researching online, I now give him a cod liver oil capsule
every 2 or 3 nights, and his coat is gorgeous and intact.
Caps are around $7 for 100, what a relief all round! - Karen,
a glove of garlic into your dog’s drinking water – it
keeps fleas at bay and works as a worm treatment. - P.B.
[M.J. of Dunedin has a word of caution: Garlic
and any member of the onion family is dangerous for dogs, as
it causes haemolytic anaemia and can cause death or very
expensive vet bills.]
- Lavender, freshly picked and
rubbed along a dogs back, keeps away fleas!!! - Kaye,
kitty litter I use wood pellets, (the ones used in pellet
fires). I find them very economical. - Fay, Blenheim
- Kitty litter gets
expensive and becomes a disposal problem. I now use wood
shavings which can be used to help mulch the garden once
used. There is no smell with this. – Reader, Masterton.
I brought kitty litter liners but the cat keeps making holes
and driving us nuts with the noise of her mucking around
with the plastic at night etc, so they not completely a
waste of money I recyced the liners by using them to pick up
cats poos and throw out or as rubbish bin bags in small
bins. I got frugal because we don't have many plastic bags
so I used the plastic liners for these ideas. – Lori,
- I have Kitty litter instead of using the litter bags I use
news papers and then dump it in the rubbish bags ready to be
taken on rubbish day. - L.M., Waikanae.
bought 2 Chihuahua for $250. Sold one for $250, bought a male dog, had a
litter of puppies and sold the puppies for $1150. I have the where
with all for another litter and have already had 2 studs on the dog at
$250!. - P.B.
- A small pure bred dog that
barks is the best burglar alarm.
- Getting a pet from the SPCA
may cost more than a free to a go home animal but pets from
the SPCA are already desexed (or come with discount for
desexing) and have been vet checked and vaccinated already.
pets. Put in a pet cage and cover with a towel to keep pet
calm. Securing cage with a seat belt gives extra protection
in case of accident. - Stella Hughes, Napier.
don’t need to buy an expensive pet cage to carry a cat or
small dog. An old wooden crate is good enough. Two washing
baskets placed one upside down on top of the other would
work equally as well. Hinge the sides with string ties.
Forget a cat cage. Put
you cat in a pillow case to transport. Secure the top. Keeps
calmer as the don't slide around and they can easily breath.
- J.M. Christchurch.