One of my co-workers recently adopted a kitten from a shelter and was curious what kind of food to buy for the cat. The shelter described the kitten as a picky eater and suggested she try a few different brands until she found her pet’s preference.
My co-worker asked me how to get cat food samples, and surprisingly there are a number of companies that will happily send a small sample of food by mail for free. Others offer printable coupons on various websites, and most offers are easily found with an internet search.
How to Get Cat Food Samples
Join PetSmart’s PetPerks and get a coupon for a free 6 oz. pouch of cat food. Sign up for Halo’s email newsletter and get two free cans of Spot’s Stew cat food. Purina is not currently offering free samples, but the company does offer buy-one-get-one-free offers and changes its offers regularly.
You can also check weekly store coupons for sales and manufacturer savings, and in some cases the discounts or coupons exceed the purchase price of the item you need to buy. If you have a regular brand of cat food you prefer, read the bag labels to look for coupons, as well as the company’s website and any reward programs. These programs can occasionally offer free items and substantial savings in coupons.
Free Safety-Related Items
Aside from free cat food samples, some other free items are available for your feline friend. The ASPCA Free Pet Safety Pack includes window decals for your home, contact information for poison control and much more.
- Canadian residents can join the Purina MyKitten program and receive a free bag of food and much more.
- UK and Ireland residents can get a free sample of Purina One Adult cat food.
- Mainland UK residents can get free samples of Trophy Pet Foods.
The current economic state of many areas makes it difficult for millions of people to not only provide for themselves and their families, but also care for their pets. During times of hardship many people choose to give their pets to shelters; the influx of animals can exceed the capacities of the facilities and the pets face being euthanized.
There are programs that assist in providing pet food if you cannot afford it. The Humane Society of the United States provides a comprehensive list of national and local organizations that can assist with veterinary care, temporary foster care, spay/neuter services and free food for your pet.
How You Can Help
If you have extra pet food and supplies or are financially able to help others, please contact your local shelter staff to ask what items they need. They may also be aware of families experiencing financial hardships and can direct your assistance to them.
Your local veterinarian may also be able to help ensure your funds or items get to those who need it most. If you have friends or family that are also interested in helping, you might be able to create a regular offering to those in need by combining resources and spreading the word. Even a small start could lead to big results.
- CouponCat has a variety of resources for pet products coupons.
- Kristy at My Pet Savings highlights various deals, including one-day-only sales and cat food giveaways.
- Try BargainBriana’s very well-organized cat coupon database.
- Here is an excellent article with 8 tips for ‘extreme pet couponing’.
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