As winter and the possibly of snow storms draw ever nearer I’m reminded by my little fuzzy friends that they need to eat too! All the animals seem to be putting on some winter fat right now because they are hungry all the time. Don’t step foot outside my house unless you want to be tackled my a meowing kitty!
All that eating and eating reminded me that when I think of stockpiling food, I need to remember to stockpile animal food too!
This one can be a hard one to do. Animal food is expensive and is large to have to store. But just like us, animals will need to eat too even if the prices continue to climb.
Another reason we try and stockpile animal food is for practicality for the winter. If we can’t get out to get to town to buy food, we can’t buy more animal food either. So if those snow days come, it’s good to be already prepared with extra food for your critters.
Mice target those bags of pet food if you have them stored outside so if you plan on stocking up you might want to consider getting some 55 gallon drums to keep the food in, or you can do it the more inexpensive way like us, and store the food in empty trash containers. We’ve gotten some at Menards on sale for just $10. (For the BIG ones!)
Don’t forget to stock up on pet treats too. If you are stressed out, chances are your pet can read that stress and will be stressed out as well. Having some extra treats on hand is great for this reason!
There are certain pet foods that are going to be hard to stock up on like chicken feed, cow creep, horse feed, ect. The best plan of action for those are to just watch for a sale, and buy what you can when it does go on sale. A nice bonus that we’ve discovered is Purina Rewards. They send you coupons for chicken, horse, and other Purina Pet feeds!
Lucky for us when it comes to dog and cat food, there seems to be coupons available most of the time. For regular cat food we never pay over $10 for 16lbs and for dog food we never pay over $15 for 40lbs. Coupons for pet treats are in abundance and we almost never pay for cat treats and I rarely pay over $1 a box for dog treats. Just watch for sales and stock up when you can!
And don’t forget that like any stockpile, pet food needs to be rotated out as you go through it. Make sure you don’t stock up on too much or it might go bad before you get a chance to use it.
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