“I give them homemade food for lunch”… Their tips for feeding their pets at a lower cost

Pets are also affected by the price increase. According to Michel-Edouard Leclerc, president of the strategic committees of E. Leclerc centers, the price of croquettes or boxes of goose will increase by 13% in 2022. And the prospects for this year are not much better as food for ANIMAL can increase by 43%.

Pet food ends up weighing heavily on both the cart and the budget. Because yes, dog and cat kibbles come at a cost. Expect around 3 euros per kilo for “first price” croquettes, between 3 and 6 euros for “medium” or “intermediate”, between 6 and 9 euros for “premium” and at least 15 euros for “therapy”.

“I do research to find the supplier with the best price”

To soften the effect of increases, Catherine, 61, who answered our subpoena for witnesses, has “anticipated by buying a few bags of kibble in advance” and is constantly on the lookout for the best prices. “For my 10-year-old Labrador, I shop mostly online and also don’t hesitate to do research to find the supplier with the best price,” she explains. I’m also looking for all possible discount codes. »

Inflation forces, some of our readers have had to make some concessions and decide to buy slightly less quality products. This is the case of Christine, 63, who gave up the fresh meat, chicken and turkey rations she fed her eight cats. “Instead, I buy from a reliable website boxes of ready-made meat German, as well as kibble in larger quantities, she says. It doesn’t make me happy, but I have no other choice,” she says. Similarly, the products used by Pascal, 57, now remain on the shelves. “I don’t buy Sheba products anymore, I’m going towards private labels,” he testifies.

“I feed my dogs to Barf”

Wouldn’t the solution to saving money be to share our food with them? While they don’t go so far as to offer their peers a bowl of cord bleu with green beans, some readers have chosen to prepare their own meals. “I feed my two dogs in barf “, a mixture of meat or fish and vegetables, says David, 55. With each order, he has about 100 kg of chicken, rabbit, lamb or even fish. “Barf is more expensive to buy than kibbles, but buying in bulk allows you to win in the end. And the health of the dogs is damaged, because their health problems are less frequent,” he explains.

Amandine, 23, offers her cats a different breakfast menu than the evening one. “I give them a dose of croquettes from a sub-brand and homemade snacks for lunch and in the evening they have the leftovers of the day or the previous day. “A definitive formula as his cats “love it and, on our part, there is less loss and the kibble pack lasts longer”. One of our readers pushes originality even further, as “puffed rice” is part of her cat’s menu.

“Their heads are and will always be full”

But inflation or not, some pet owners have no intention of changing their pet’s diet, like Klara, 23: “I haven’t changed my cat’s diet – kibble at 8.90 euros for 70 grams and goose bags at 1.50 euro each. – because your health comes first. A point of view shared by Lucie. “If it ends up causing diseases that will lead to higher veterinary costs, that’s not mathematically smart.” Agathe confirms: “Yes save for something else, but certainly not for the food of our loved ones. No matter what happens, their bowls are and will always be full.”

And sometimes, change is simply impossible, because our people are careful eaters. If one of our readers had tried to feed her cats puree and not dance to save money, the idea was quickly abandoned. “I have a lot of trouble getting them to change their habits,” she confirms.

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