We all want what’s best for our pets, and it’s no secret that healthcare can be expensive, but with the following tips taking good care of them doesn’t have to be a strain on your finances, and you can find what works best for you while having the peace of mind that your cat is getting all of the care that he/she deserves.
1. Don’t Skip Routine Exams and Preventative Care
Staying up-to-date on your cat’s routine exams and preventative care is one of the best ways to save money on your veterinary bills over time. Regular exams and age-appropriate tests allow you to catch problems early, or prevent them entirely with vaccinations, both of which will cost you much less than the treatments if your cat were to get sick, especially since cats naturally hide signs of illnesses and injuries, and that makes it difficult to notice when something is wrong. Remember: Just one year in an adult cat’s life is equal to about 4 “human” years. A lot can change in that amount of time! We like to compare it to going to the dentist for a cavity. It’s always best (and cheaper!) to take care of it when it’s small rather than to wait until you need to have a root canal or until other problems start to develop because of it.
2. Maintain a Good Lifestyle for Your Pet
Just like with humans, making sure your cat eats a good diet, gets enough exercise, gets at-home dental care (i.e. brushing their teeth), and is provided with environmental enrichment will save you money by avoiding the cost of illnesses or behavior problems that are caused by, or made worse by, issues with their lifestyle.
3. Sign Up for a Wellness Plan
Did you know that we offer Wellness Plans here at CCP? Our veterinarians developed these plans in an effort to provide the same high quality veterinary care at an affordable price. Our plans are designed to follow the official recommendations for care outlined by the American Association of Feline Practitioners and provide routine exams, age-appropriate tests, and vaccinations, as well as free unlimited toenail trims and nutrition/behavior counseling, depending on the plan. Our plans are split into payments that start as low as $15.99 per month and include many other discounts too. Just let us know if you would like more information or would like to sign up for a plan.
4. Consider Pet Insurance
If you don’t have pet insurance, consider investing in a plan. There are many companies that offer this service, and the best part about pet insurance is that you’ll never have to worry about the cost of an unexpected illness or injury.
5. Start a Pet Savings Account
Just like a Health Savings Account, many credit unions and community banks offer pet savings accounts, but even if you bank doesn’t have one, you can still start a savings account dedicated to your pet’s healthcare expenses.
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