Looking after some pets is more complicated than simply buying a few bits and pieces to keep them entertained. A horse is a classic example – looking after one is a hugely rewarding experience, but it doesn’t come easy! Fortunately you can find equestrian equipment online at great prices from a good tack shop, and this is all relatively easy. You just need to know what to look for!
Before you have your horse, you probably need to establish exactly what you’ll do with your current outside space to make sure you have room to house them and keep them happy. If you have a sufficiently large yard at the back of your house, you can construct a stable or convert a suitable outbuilding into one if necessary. You’ll need access to fields nearby or at least to your transport if you need to go elsewhere for riding.
In terms of furnishings, your horse probably won’t be too demanding. They don’t even need their own bed! However, you might need built-in storage to keep all your equestrian equipment near the stables, and other pieces of furniture to help you out when feeding your horse, cleaning out the stable and so on. Tools are essential, including shovels, pitchforks and wheelbarrows to assist in moving and cleaning around the yard.Read more: Low Cost Equestrian Products
Accessories for dogs sometimes bring to mind the over-the-top outfits we often see in comedies on television, but actually there’s nothing wrong with exercising some creativity when it comes to your dog’s lead and collar! They all need one, so why not jazz them up a bit? Here are some selections chosen by us after scouting around online.
This stylish leopard print dog collar is available in a range of different sizes, plus it can come with a matching lead. It’s a classic style that’s been brought up to date in a great way – the collars are made of 100% recycled plastic bottles, so they’re environmentally friendly too.
This Salt Dog Studios collar is lined with velvet to make it extra comfortable, and it can also be ordered with a customised buckle if you like. Most importantly, it looks super stylish and could be the perfect fashion accessory for almost any small dog.Read more: 5 Fabulous Dog Leads & Collars
Our pets are part of the family for many of us, and we don’t even want to think about the idea of anything happening to them. Unfortunately, life is unexpected and no matter what happens your pet is likely to need some extra care and attention at some point in their life, whether it’s due to illness, accident or simply old age. Pet insurance can be a great value solution to help you through when difficult circumstances occur.
The main benefit of having pet insurance is that eliminates any future moral dilemma. Being forced to choose between your pet and other expenses would be a horrible situation that nobody wants to be trapped in, so insurance balances out the potential costs and gives you a safety net, meaning you can make a decision purely based on the likely health benefits for your animal when you need to.
Another factor to consider is that vet’s bills aren’t getting any cheaper. As treatments become more advanced (which is great, of course), we’re able to give animals better care than ever, but it comes at a price. General checkups are getting more expensive, let alone surgery that wasn’t cheap to begin with. Insurance helps mitigate these costs too.
You might be amazed (and perhaps overwhelmed) by the choices on offer when it comes to pet insurance. The benefit of this is, as long as you have all the necessary knowledge to make an informed choice, you can pick a plan that’s perfectly suited to the needs of you and your pet. For a cat or a dog, you’re probably just looking for insurance that covers all their potential medical costs, but for some animals like horses, the problems and costs can be more complex, so you may consider cover that includes your equipment, stables, and other property as well as accidental damage.
Above all, insurance for your pet is easy to arrange in comparison to the headaches associated with unexpected bills and problems. In order to guarantee you’re doing everything you can to protect your pet, we would highly recommend at least some level of cover.
Pet birds can be a lot of fun, and a cockatiel can be one of the most amusing of all. You can enjoy some human-bird bonding time by teaching it to mimic simple sounds, and if you put in enough effort you should be able to get your pet to repeat words and phrases, as well as whistle tunes. Parrots are a little better at speaking, but a lot higher maintenance to keep. Here are the main steps to follow if you fancy giving this a try…
1) Build your relationship
You’ll need to start bonding with your pet first and interacting with them so they can become relaxed. A cockatiel will only be teachable once its fully tamed and happy to be around you and other humans.
2) Keep your bird healthy
Another important aspect of making sure your pet is in a position to learn is making sure it’s healthy and comfortable at all times. Does it have enough space in its cage, and some time to fly around? Is it eating and drinking properly? As well as these physical factors, you actually need to think about a cockatiel’s mental health! Its environment needs to be fun and stimulating if you want to facilitate learning.
If you’re taking your love of animals further than a couple of pets in the house and starting up your own farm, you’re taking on a big challenge but it can certainly be done. Many people switch to farming after doing something completely different because it’s a great way to spend time working with animals and you can specialise in whatever you want. You may not have much experience, but over time you can learn anything as long as you start off with some of the essential products and setup.
First you need to ensure you have the basics set up for your outdoor animals, which might involve more building work than furniture buying. For example, if you’re planning to keep horses, of course you’ll need appropriate stables, and other animals all require some sort of shelter even if they spend much of their time outside. You’ll also need the basic equipment to take care of them outside; for example, even cows in a field need food and drink, which you can provide through concrete water troughs and other feeding equipment.Read more: Essential farm and stable outdoor furniture
If you’re new to fishkeeping, you’re probably quickly realising it can be a tricky and expensive hobby, but it can also be very rewarding. Looking after fish properly is truly a skill and takes time to practice, but you can get yourself off to the best possible start with one of these excellent fish tanks.
All of these products are available in the UK from aquarium shops online and in stores. Which one is the most suitable will depend on what kind of fish you’re looking after, how much space you have available and other factors, but we think these might be some great options to consider.
Aqua Medic Blenny Nano Reef Tank
This tank is a very comprehensive option featuring high quality filters and LED lights plus its own protein skimmer and NanoProp 5000 current control that lets you set your own level of water movement. It’s an 80 litre model so you’ll need a significant amount of space, and it’s not that cheap, but it comes with nearly everything you need to get started with a saltwater aquarium from scratch. A matching stand is also available to complete the look.Read more: 5 spectacular aquariums & fish tanks for all spaces and budgets
For many people, treating their pets to gifts and accessories is a guilty pleasure, or perhaps not so guilty. We love to spoil ourpets, in fact in the UK we spend about £7 billion on them every year. If you’re wondering what on earth that money could be spent on, just take a look at some of the craziest examples listed below.
1) Dog Beer
Nobody knows why this is necessary, or if dogs actually felt like they were missing out when they saw humans drinking beer. Nonetheless, there are multiple options out there if you want to treat your dog to a pint. Fortunately they’re not alcoholic.Read more: 5 of the weirdest pet accessories you can buy
Your cat or dog probably absolutely loves their food bowl, which might have something to do with the fact that it’s regularly refilled with tasty food. As an owner, you might not be so excited about this bowl. Until now, that is, as we present the best pet bowls on the market in the UK right now. If these don’t have you running to the shops, we don’t know what will.
Chalkboard Dog Bowl
This awesome idea is from Cloud 7, a German company specialising in high quality products combined with creative ideas. There is a choice of colours available and these bowls come with the chalk you need to write your own message.
Foldable Canvas Water Bowl
This collapsible bowl is a great idea, making it easy to fold up and carry with you on walks. It clips onto your bag or your pet’s lead when not in use, plus it’s military themed which makes it even cuter.Read more: Best dog and cat bowls on the market
There are tons of great items on the market for any animal you want to accessorize, but cats lend themselves particularly well to a range of fun products. Here is a quick round-up of our top ten ideas for presents you can buy your cat that they will truly appreciate (maybe).
1) Cat Sun Lounger
You can actually buy a cat bed that attaches to the inside of your window, so your cat can bask in the sunshine without having to venture outside and lay on the hard ground. What could be better? These are available cheaply online or you can go for a more luxurious option from somewhere like Etsy.Read more: Top 5 amazing products for cats
The amazing thing about shopping for furniture, accessories and other products for pets is the sheer number of different products available. Whatever idea you have to glam up your pet or simply make them look ridiculous, you’re almost guaranteed to find somewhere selling a product that will do the job. We’ve narrowed it your options down to some of our favourites – remember all of these are absolutely essential and we can’t imagine anyone trying to look after a pet without these.
1) Cat Exercise Wheel
Although you wouldn’t think that any cat would ever be interested in an exercise wheel, or that they would actually use it, seeing a cat run round a giant hamster wheel is so entertaining that we think it’s worth buying one just on the off chance yours decides to try it!Read more: The most essential, highly useful pet products money can buy