Monday, August 22, 2011

Economy Hurts Pets

How the Economy Hurts Pets

The economy has hit some of us humans this past year and some are still being affected. But, we are not the only ones that get affected. Many pet owners have no choice but to give up their lifelong companions as they can no longer afford to look after them. I know how that feels as I had to find homes for 2 of my cats, Frodo and Ewoyn.

Before giving them up, below are some tips to consider:

Give yourself enough time. If possible, check ads and contact real estate agents at least six weeks before you plan to move or when you first learn that foreclosure and/or eviction may be in your future. I know in Malaysia it is hard especially when you have dogs. Look for old established condominiums where the strata title has been obtained and no longer under the ruling of the developer. Hopefully your dog is a small to medium breed. I’ve seen Golden Retrievers and Siberian Huskys where I live.

Gather proof that you are responsible. This goes more for rental. If any form of documentation or testimonial can be obtained entailing you are a responsible pet owner from your previous landlord, as well as copies of veterinary records showing ongoing pet care and your dog is well-trained, chances are you may get the go ahead.

Get it in writing. Once permission has been obtained from a landlord, manager or condominium committee to have a pet, be sure to get in writing. Comprehensive agreements protect people, property and the pets themselves. Reminder: Please be responsible by picking up ‘poo’ and cleaning the spot when walking your dog within the premise or at the garden/playground.

Individuals facing financial hardships can reduce the cost of pet ownership in many ways. Try the following tips:

While buying expensive toys and accessories has become a popular way to demonstrate your attachment to your pet, your pet can be just as happy with less expensive toys or homemade toys. They need love and attention more than a pricey product. Visit Daisho @ The Curve. Everything there is RM5.00 and their pet accessories section is quite up-to-date. The cat bowls are only RM5.00 and ceramic. Cheap, good and affordable!

Keep your pets safe inside or on a leash while walking outside. Animals allowed to roam freely are more prone to accidents resulting in veterinary bills. As for cats, supervision at the verandah at all times please. The last thing you want is to see a ‘Super Cat’!

Let your veterinarian know that finances are tight and ask that he or she prescribe only the most vital vaccinations to keep your pet healthy.

Consider pet health insurance to minimize the shock of an expensive bill from the veterinarian in case of an unexpected illness or injury. Unfortunately, pet health insurance is yet to commence in Malaysia!

Instead of buying deodorant or fragrant cat litter, use used green tea leaves in kitty litter. Sprinkle the dried leaves into the litter pan and the ‘poo & wee’ odor will slowly be absorbed.
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~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

Those are very helpful tips. Thanks for this. This is something I will advise potential adopters of my rescued furbabies about.

Jessica Adam said...

Thanks for the tips.informative
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