How to Pamper Your Pet

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Pamper your Pet
Looking for ways to indulge your four-legged furries?
Return their love by treating them to a special meal, gift or 5 star holiday.
Here are some ideas for cat parents looking to indulge their favourite felines!


Whatever the occasion – whether it’s Bonnie’s first birthday or Garfield has gone a whole day without knocking a glass off the table – our cats always deserve to be pampered. Sometimes treats from the shop just don’t cut it when you want to do something special for your pet and treat them to a little bit of luxury. That’s where our top tips for pampering your pet come in.

1. Whip up your own homemade treats

Recipe for homemade cat treats

Whether you’re looking for kitten treats or cat snacks, making your own homemade treats is a great way to cut down on costs and treat your cat to something extra special. For this recipe, you’ll need 1 drained can of tuna in olive oil, 140g oat flour, 1 egg and a tablespoon of catnip if you fancy adding it in.

  1. Preheat your oven to 170˚C.
  2. Mix together the tuna, oat flour, egg and catnip (if using) until combined. The mixture should hold together, but if it seems too sticky or dry, add a splash of olive oil.
  3. Roll the dough into small balls, space them out on a lined biscuit tray, and flatten them with the back of a spoon. You should get between 30 and 40 treats from the mixture.
  4. Pop the tasty treats into the oven and bake for 10 – 12 minutes until they’re dry and golden on top.
  5. Cool completely and store the treats in an airtight container in the fridge. They’ll keep for 7 – 10 days, but your cats are sure to try and scoff them all well before then.

Healthy treat options

The best natural treats you can give your kitty include tinned fish, such as salmon or tuna, which has loads of nutrients for your cat, or small amounts of lean deli meat. You’ll get a feel for the types of treats that your cat loves pretty quickly, so stick to similar flavours and they’re sure to be happy.

2. Mix up some cake mixture

You’ve sent out your birthday invitations, you’ve got the party supplies, and you’re all but ready to throw a birthday party for your pet. The last thing on the to-do list is making a celebratory cake for your cat. They’ll know they’re in for a delicious surprise when the cooking smells are wafting around and they start to be the envy of all the other pets in the neighbourhood.

Sainsbury’s Bank Pamper Your Pet3. Raise a glass of cat-friendly booze

When you’re celebrating a big event, there’s no better way to treat yourself than with a glass of something fizzy. Alcohol isn’t safe for cats, no matter how small the amount, so your pet can’t usually join you in a celebratory tipple. However, with a range of pet-friendly (and alcohol-free) booze options recently becoming available, your best friend can now indulge in a Friday night glass of Pawsecco or catnip wine with you. Wine for cats is non-alcoholic as well as being non-carbonated and grape-free. This is the case because aside from alcohol being dangerous for our pets, carbonated drinks can cause animals to experience indigestion and diarrhoea.

4. Spoil them with a gift

You know you’re being truly pampered when you receive a thoughtful gift, so buying your pet a gift is the perfect way to show them you care. From putting together a cat hamper to finding an unusual gift for your cat, there are plenty of options to choose from.

5. Give your felines a better holiday than you at one of Longcroft’s Luxury Cat Hotels!

Relax knowing your fabulous felines are being well cared for as if they are one of the family across one of the 20 stunning boutique locations. Longcroft takes a home-from-home approach by taking care of your beloved felines as if they were their own. With between 4 and 8 spacious suites per hotel, ensuring plenty of human time with all guests and an ethos steeped in animal welfare and led by a team of experts.


We all look after our pets with the basics – plenty of food, water and a generous pet insurance cover. But it’s also important to take time out to really pamper our pets from time to time. After all, they’re the ones who are always there to put a smile on our faces, no matter how long a day we’ve had.

This Money Matters post aims to be informative and engaging. Though it may include tips and information, it does not constitute advice and should not be used as a basis for any financial decisions. Sainsbury’s Bank accepts no responsibility for the opinions and views of external contributors and the content of external websites included within this post. Some links may take you to another Sainsbury’s Bank page. All information in this post was correct at date of publication.

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