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Online pet supply shopping

Hi all,

I'm coming to CH with my cat and would like to have a large cat litter pan, cat litter, and cat litter mat delivered to my apartment so it's ready to go when I get there. I priced it out on Amazon.com, and the goods are < $100 USD, but the shipping and fees are over $300!

Can anyone here recommend a good alternative to have this stuff delivered to my place when I arrive? Thanks.
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Re: Online pet supply shopping

Zooplus (.ch and .de), Meiko.ch, Fressnapf.ch, Qualipet.ch are the larger pet supply stores, all deliver. There are smaller companies as well.

Very broadly speaking, Zooplus.de tends to have better prices as you benefit from both German prices and the Franc/Euro exchange rate. Zooplus.de shipping to Switzerland is 9 Euro. However, you do have to watch the customs limit, as those fees could negate some of your savings. I generally keep my orders under Euro 50 and have so far not been hit with customs charges. Most of the time my .de orders are shipped out of the St Gallen warehouse, so it's actually a domestic shipment - win/win.

The other stores I mentioned are Swiss, so no worries about customs fol-de-rol. But prices will likely be higher. Delivery costs vary. IIRC, Meiko is something like CHF 15, Fressnapf similar but free delivery for a large order. I've never ordered from Qualipet, so no idea of charges.

Browsing the various sites will give you an idea of prices. Do be prepared for the 'Hochpreisinsel Schweiz' sticker shock, though.

And do be aware that return policies are generally not what you might expect coming from the US. Make sure that what you order is indeed what you want.

Meiko, Fressnapf, Qualipet all have retail stores. If you are not familiar with Swiss/European brands, before spending hundreds of chuffs you might want to visit a retail store to check out the items you are thinking of buying.
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Re: Online pet supply shopping

Great, thanks so much.
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Re: Online pet supply shopping

As I am of rural intelligence, I wonder, why an animal can not eat from a tiny plate or make it's duties on some newspaper, if it is needed and nothing more there. Are we all doing some show-off, being cultivated and much more? I'm just very very simple, and apologize, but this question of shopping for a pet. Give me a break, please.
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Re: Online pet supply shopping

How one chooses to spend one's hard earned income is nobody's business but one's own.


Topsy asked for information that will help her as she settles in here in Switzerland. Let's leave this thread for constructive answers to her questions.
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Re: Online pet supply shopping

Topsy- What part of CH will you be living? If near Geneva I might have a set up to lend you and your feline friend for when you first arrive. That way you can check things out and find what you and your furry friend really need.

Josefine- the need for a cat litter pan, litter, and mat is so the cat can go to the bathroom inside. Cats that roam outside dig in gardens, dirt and SAND is a favorite if they can find it.
Cats have a natural urge and need to dig and cover when they go potty. When you lay newspaper down this can't really be done. Plus, I don't know if you have ever been around cat urine but it stinks and you certainly wouldn't want it to soak through paper and into wood or tile flooring. The cat pan and litter provide the kitties with a more natural way for them to take care of their potty issues. The litter mat is helpful for the HUMANS who live in the house as it catches the little pieces of litter as our feline friends exit the box so the humans don't have to spend hours hoovering and sweeping the house to pick up the granules.

*I ran into the same thing when we first came over with our feline. Lucky for us we had a CH contact who was able to get us a box and litter locally to tide us over. I think we packed an old bath towel in our luggage to use as the litter mat. Can only imagine how badly my cat had to go to the bathroom after being on the plane for so long. *
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Re: Online pet supply shopping

I am very sorry to read a post written under my name, but not written by me!
It is not my wording. What can I do about it??

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Re: Online pet supply shopping

I never had a cat, that could have made it, to make it's duties on a newspaper. I wonder, how that should work. I would only give my pet some quite cheap plastic vessel (?) and put some cat-sand-whatever it is called, the best is, the very white one, I do not know by heart it's name, and so it does not smell, my cat is happy, an me too.
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Re: Online pet supply shopping

hey
i got a spare one (brand new never used) cat tray that i bought in the zihl city pet store last weekend.
paid 15CHF for it.
reason for giving it away is that one member of the forum gave me a super advanced one since her cat couldn't fit in it.
you are welcome to it if you want. collection in zurich
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Re: Online pet supply shopping

So many kind people offering to help - EF at its best. It would help to your know destination though. Bonne chance.


Josefine, please! A cat can indeed eat and drink out of any old vessel- but if you live in an apartment, NO, it can't do its business on newspaper on the floor. The smell, mess as the cat scratches it all over the place and the damage caused by the urine to the floors is just unthinkable- really.

BTW I now buy very large bags of wood pellets for the stove as cat litter- It's much cheaper, smells of natural wood, and then goes straight into the compost. Great.
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So many kind people offering to help - EF at its best. It would help to your know destination though. Bonne chance.

BTW I now buy very large bags of wood pellets for the stove as cat litter- It's much cheaper, smells of natural wood, and then goes straight into the compost. Great.
Brilliant tip! I bet there are regulations against this but shhhhhh!
yesterday I was told that no, you can't burn any old wood in your fire place it has to be "certified" .....ha ha ha! bet my cat would be happy to certify it
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Re: Online pet supply shopping

No, why would there be? It's natural wood, from the left overs from saw mills, and much better for the environment. You can't put too much inthe compost due to the urine- but as I have several on the go, and always put a layer of lawn clipping, etc, in between, that is fine.

The rules re not burning any old wood make sense- as if the woods are varnished, they can pollute.
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Re: Online pet supply shopping

Thanks for all the replies here! Yeah, my cat doesn't need anything fancy but does need a cat pan as she doesn't go outside. Where I'm from Amazon Prime is a relatively cheap way to get things like this delivered, but apparently not in Switzerland. I'm trying to have it all ready to go when I get there, so I will just order it to the apartment using the local sites - my cat is old and will already be angry at me for dragging her halfway across the world. I want to help her settle in ASAP.
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Re: Online pet supply shopping

Topsy, something else you might consider - after you've arrived and settled in and assessed your needs here - are 'Kipfensterschutzgitter'.

https://www.qualipet.ch/shop/katzen/...erschutzgitter

Most windows here open in a 'V' shape, a great way to get some fresh air into the flat (and necessary, some contracts stipulate daily airing time), but these windows leave enough open space at the top for a cat to climb out. If your cat is curious, these 'Kipfensterschutzgitter' make the window safer. If you have to bore a hole to install these, make sure you get your landlord's permission first.

Other sources for a limited range of cat supplies at decent prices are the two major grocery stores, Coop and Migros. They both do home delivery (www.coop.ch and www.leshop.ch). If you don't have a car you might find it easier to have the heavy kitty litter delivered. You might also look at Hornbach, a DIY store, which has a range of pet supplies as well. (www.hornbach.ch) They have just started to offer home delivery, look for 'online bestellbar' as not all their products are deliverable.



ETA:

I almost forgot the obvious, since you have been looking on Amazon: Amazon.de, in Germany. Or Amazon.fr, in France.

Now not all suppliers will deliver to Switzerland so you do have to browse a bit.



Again, good luck to you and your cat as you settle in.

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Topsy, something else you might consider - after you've arrived and settled in and assessed your needs here - are 'Kipfensterschutzgitter'.

https://www.qualipet.ch/shop/katzen/...erschutzgitter

Most windows here open in a 'V' shape, a great way to get some fresh air into the flat (and necessary, some contracts stipulate daily airing time), but these windows leave enough open space at the top for a cat to climb out. If your cat is curious, these 'Kipfensterschutzgitter' make the window safer. If you have to bore a hole to install these, make sure you get your landlord's permission first.

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The 'V' window openings are indeed very dangerous for cats as if the slip when trying to climb out through the window they can become 'stuck' and suffocate due to a compressed chest.
Having found a friend's cat in this position whilst caring for it during their holidays I certainly wouldn't be taking any risks with the windows.
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Re: Online pet supply shopping

We have done the research for certain "prescription" items for dogs which can only be obtained from a veterinarian in Switzerland (or Germany) but can be purchased on line in Germany. The price difference is significant.


Just wondering if anyone has purchased from either one of the websites below. We live 5 minutes from the German border and will have our order shipped to one of the parcel shops for pick up.


There are 2 websites which offer the items* we need. I want to stress these are regular items for which we do not need to take the dog for a checkup.


www.petmeds.de


https://www.fuetternundfit.de/Hunde/


Looking for any feedback, positive or negative.




(*Cosequin Double Strength, Karsivan 100, Hills I/d for dogs, Hills Hypoallergenic treats)


If anyone is interested I am happy to post the Swiss prices charged for these items.
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Well I didn't get any feedback so I will just post our own experience with petmeds.de


Very quick, reliable service. Had everything shipped to the worldpaketshop.ch. We are just minutes away from there.


As the products ordered come from different suppliers, there were 3 different boxes so there was a fee for each from the paket shop. Total fee 13 Eur.


Hills food was in one box.
In Switzerland the price for 12 kg. Hills i/d (only available from a vet) - chf 119
Pet meds price: 51.90 Eur

Karsivan 100 mg - In Switzerland only available from a vet.
1 box of 60 pills - chf 56
Pet Meds price: 32.90 EUR

Cosequin Double Strength Tablets (only available from a vet in Switzerland)
120 pills - chf 101
240 pills - chf 183


Petmeds price: 300 pills - 185 Eur
(In the US you can purchase the DS Cosequin at Walmart, 60 pills, for 20 dollars!)

There was a 10% discount on the Petmeds order and free shipping within Germany.
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