When it comes to the game of life, there are few key words you can put in front of a product to make it a little more expensive. “Vintage,” “baby” and “limited edition” spring to mind. But another big one, and one that all animal-lovers have probably been sucked into at one time or another, is “pet.” Put “pet” in front of the words food, bed or toy and you’re pretty much guaranteed to double the price of said object.
But what if it didn’t have to be that way? What if there was a way to spoil your Fifis and your Fidos with loads of toys without ever having to shell out big bucks again? Well the good news is that there is, and we’re kind of obsessed.
In the video above, Pretty Frugal Living expert Amrita Singh breaks down a few cat and dog hacks that we’re in love with. All you need are a couple of household items and you’re good to go.
1. Want a new throw toy? Invest in a regular old tennis ball (rather than the pet varieties), cut a small slit into one end, throw some treats in there and watch your dog go nuts.
2. Need to give ’em something to chew? All you need is a water bottle, some treats and and old sock to cover it all up. The result is a crinkly toy that two dogs can even play tug-of-war with.
3. Looking for a cool-down? Grab some old towels, tie them into fun shapes and the douse them with water and freeze. When they come out you’ve got a hard toy for pup to chew on outside that will cool them down at the same time.
1. What cat doesn’t want a cat cave? Just grab a cardboard box and an old t-shirt. slip the t-shirt with the neck hole aligned to the open side of the box and tie it up in the back. Suddenly your cat can crawl in and creepily stare out in all his or her glory.
2. Have you seen those commercials for the Cat Amazing Puzzle Box? Don’t spend your money on one. Just grab and old box, cut some circles on top and in the sides and throw some treats in. It’s a cheap puzzle box your kitties will go nuts for.
Forget investing in fancy brushes or hair removal systems. If you want to clean off the extra hair from your couch or blanket, all you need is a pair of rubber gloves. Put one one, spill some water on top of the open palm and then rub circles into whatever fabric you’re trying to clean. The hair comes right off.
For complete demonstrations, be sure to watch the video above.