The Wowcher Guide To: Looking After Your Pets!


There’s no doubt about it, we’re a nation of animal lovers. On these shores, if you aren’t armed with a hilarious video or snap of a dog or cat to share with your pals at all times, then frankly, it’s a wonder you have any friends at all. Around nine million UK households are home to dogs, while cats inhabit a not unimpressive eight million. In short, us Brits are suckers for four-legged critters. But how can we be sure we’re always giving our furry friends the best they deserve? Luckily, we’re on hand to offer you our guide to keeping your feisty felines and pawesome pooches happy. It’s the dogs… well, you know.

Keep them active
Before you object, teasing your pet with the sock you’ve just peeled off after a day at work does not count as adequate exercise. If you really want to put your animals through their paces, look no further. For dogs, you could always invest in a hands-free dog lead – great if you and your pooch hanker for some serious exercise. Or for cats, (brace yourselves here) you could get an activity playhouse! With your choice of three fun designs for pussykins to roam in (a car, plane or tank), you’ll have as much fun watching as your cat will have playing. Probably more, actually. Cats are ungrateful like that.

Valid in a choice of blue, pink, red and yellow, this hands-free dog lead makes taking your pooch for his walkies a whole lot easier

Valid in a choice of blue, pink, red and yellow, this hands-free dog lead makes taking your pooch for his walkies a whole lot easier!

Keep them fabulous
Wowcher spends a lot of time and effort keeping you looking chic and glam, so we figured why not offer the same to man’s best friend? If you’re looking for the classic preppy look, there’s always Gizmo Gadgets’ doggy polo shirts. With a range of colours to choose from and a classic button-up design, you can make sure Fido rocks the smart casual look with minimum fuss and maximum fabulosity. But on the other hand, if you’re looking for something perhaps a little more rugged, why not go for the doggy bandana collar? A hundred times more badass than the average dog collar, these simply scream ‘bad to the bone’.

Even for the fussiest and most fashion-conscious of pooches, these pawesome polo shirts are not to be sniffed at.

Even for the fussiest and most fashion-conscious of pooches, these pawesome polo shirts are not to be sniffed at.

Keep them snuggly
While Snoopy was content to simply (and rather bafflingly) lie on top of his own wooden dog house at nap time, the reality for your furry companion is a little different. If you want to keep the beast out of your own bed, we’d suggest a memory foam pet bed courtesy of Good Ideas Online. With a rather tidy faux-suede design and a positively fabulous memory foam base for warmth and comfort, there’s no fear of Fido sleeping ruff anytime soon!

Perfect for older pooches, the memory foam pet bed is warm, comfortable and great for supporting bones and joints.

Perfect for older pooches, the memory foam pet bed is warm, comfortable and great for supporting bones and joints.

Keep them in line
Just because your pet is adorable doesn’t mean you can’t lay down the law every now and then! Muddy paws and scratchy claws can wreak havoc with your furniture and carpet, so why not keep those critters where you can see ‘em with a safety gate? Less totalitarian than metal gates and quite a bit safer (ever banged your shin on one of those or come home to find the pooch with his head stuck in there?), these adjustable gates can be erected just about anywhere to keep certain areas of the home out of bounds. We don’t care how fierce they look with their new bandana collar, rules are rules…

A great way to keep mischievous pets from roaming all areas of the house unattended, this handy nylon panel gate can instantly be secured across most doorways thanks to its adjustable steel tension rods.

A great way to keep mischievous pets from roaming all areas of the house unattended, this handy nylon panel gate can instantly be secured across most doorways thanks to its adjustable steel tension rods.

Look after yourself, too!
Now unless you happen to own one of those terrifying bald cats or have a rather sinister penchant for shaving your animals (not recommended for a number of reasons), you may be at risk of a permanent case of the sniffles thanks to pesky animal hair. Fortunately, we’ve got an answer for that too. With ClearChemist, you can get your hands on a 6-month supply of Cetirizine or Loratadine allergy tablets – purrfect for combating pet, dust and pollen allergies. That means less time reaching for the tissues and more time giving your animal all the love and attention it deserves! Now stop squirming and let me cuddle you, cat!

And there you have it, just a few ways to help you look after your animal companions. Please note – all deals featured may not be live. But with loads of deals perfect for pets regularly added to the site, make sure you stay with Wowcher.co.uk!