Let’s Get Real: Investing in Moments with Our Furry Companions

Welcoming a furry friend into your life is an exciting and rewarding experience, but it’s important to understand the time and effort needed to be a responsible pet parent. Beyond their adorable faces, pets come with specific needs that demand our attention and care.

Even when life gets busy, making time for our pets every day is what counts. They rely on us entirely for their care, companionship, and to have their needs met. Here’s how to strengthen your bond, and the time commitment involved in ensuring your pet feels loved and content.

Kitten playing

Play, bond, and cuddle

All work and no play is a big no for us, especially to our pets! They thrive on active play and exercise for their wellness and happiness. Without it, their excess energy can affect their behaviour. Try to spend an hour walking, playing fetch, or setting up an indoor play area for your dogs. To keep your cats entertained, play sessions with interactive toys help along with a cat tower for extra stimulation.

Dog water play

Explore, experience new adventures

Walks benefit us in many ways and they do the same for our pets. A 30-minute walk with your dogs boosts their mental and physical health. Just like us, they experience joint pain, but regular walks can help keep them active as they age. Plus, it’s also a great opportunity for dogs to expand their social circle. Interacting with other dogs, animals, and people helps them develop good social skills and build confidence.

Nourish and treat

Cats and dogs need nourishing meals to maintain their health. Freeze-dried offers a convenient and nutritious feeding solution for busy pet parents. Simply serve as is or rehydrate for a fresh meal in minutes. Freeze-dried preserves natural nutrients, giving a biologically appropriate diet rich in proteins, vitamins, and minerals. It’s the benefits of a raw diet without the hassle of handling fresh meats, saving time for more cuddles and playing with your pets. Try our Freeze-Dried Raw Prey for dogs here.

Cat eating

Pamper and preen

Keeping your pet’s coat in shape is crucial for their health and comfort. Different breeds have different grooming needs, so it’s essential to tailor your routine accordingly. Make it a habit to brush your cats and dogs weekly to prevent mats, tangles, and hairballs. Regular nail trims are also important to avoid discomfort. And remember to take your pets to a professional grooming session for that extra pampering.

Learn, grow, make new friends

Training and socialising your pets are key to having a happy home and a strong bond with them. For dogs, especially puppies, signing up for obedience classes is a great idea. In these classes, your pup will learn essential commands like sit, stay, and come, while also getting to interact with other dogs and people in a safe setting. These classes usually last 6-8 weeks, with hour-long sessions each week.

Pamper our pets at the vet

Regular check-ups are super important for keeping an eye on your pet’s health and catching any problems early on. Make sure to schedule those yearly wellness exams for your cats and dogs so they’re all caught up on their shots and preventive care. And remember to account for any unexpected trips to the vet for health issues that pop up out of the blue.

The time you give matters

Our pets need our presence, affection, and attention. While the demands of daily life pull us in countless directions, making time is what tells our pets just how loved and cherished they are. By giving them a part of your day, you’ll not only keep them healthy but also strengthen the special connection you have with them.

Let’s Get Real: The Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

February is Spaying and Neutering Awareness Month. Not only is it responsible pet care, but it also brings benefits for our furry friends. And with HDB’s new ruling allowing cats in flats in Singapore, this subject couldn’t be more relevant.

When you first welcome your new pet into your home, ensuring a healthy beginning involves spaying or neutering them. But rather than saying these are just mere medical procedures, let’s instead emphasise that they are acts of love and care for our furry companions.

What it means for you and your pets

A longer, healthier life
Having your cat or dog spayed or neutered can contribute to a longer, healthier life for them. Typically, spaying or neutering your dog can extend their lifespan by 1 to 3 years on average. For cats, it could mean enjoying an extra 3 to 5 years of life.

By having your pets fixed, you’re not just ensuring their well-being, but also giving them more cherished years by your side.

Fewer health issues
We all want our furry friends healthy for as long as possible. Studies show neutered male dogs and cats have fewer prostate issues, and spayed females are less likely to get breast tumours or uterine infections.

While you can have your pet spayed or neutered at almost any time, it’s ideal to have your kitties done by 5 months, once they reach an acceptable weight. For pups, small breeds under 45 pounds should get snipped around 5-6 months generally, while big guys over 45 pounds can wait till 9-15 months when they’re mature.

But every pet is different, and it’s best to talk to your vet about it. They can give you tailored advice based on your pet’s breed, age, and size.

Less desire to roam
When it comes to our male pets, getting them neutered can really save a ton of headaches! Those raging hormones also means a much intense desire to roam. Neutering helps simmer that urge and reduce the risk of fights with other pets. Intact males are more likely to escape in pursuit of mating opportunities, increasing their risk of becoming lost.

Cats can be quite loud when they’re in heat. They often vocalise and persistently attract male cats for mating. From subtle meowing sounds to loud yowls, it can be a pain for you and your neighbours. Spaying helps stop this behaviour and keeps your community peaceful too.

Cut costs
Pet bills rack up fast, and they skyrocket when your furry friend unexpectedly becomes pregnant. Getting pets fixed certainly isn’t free, but way more affordable than accidentally ending up with 4 litters of kittens or pups to feed. Prevention saves tons of hefty bills down the line.

Plus, many shelters need to turn away pets because they just don’t have room. Spaying and neutering helps so shelters are not overwhelmed for space and resources. Less accidental litter keeps the pet population in check.

Calmer, tidier household
Heat cycles can make even the friendliest pets super moody and stressed. While in heat, female cats and dogs might not feel like eating much because they’re focused on mating. Similarly, male cats and dogs can get distracted and less interested in food when they’re thinking about mating.

We can prevent most of that behavioural chaos! Studies have shown that spayed or neutered pets are way less territorial and aggressive overall. No physical mess to clean up, and no more mood swings or anxiety that often go along with those cycles. Less stress, less mess—what’s not to love?

Environmental responsibility
Strays can impact wildlife too. Because they don’t have proper care, strays compete for food and can throw ecosystems out of balance. Small actions like spaying and neutering prevent larger disruptions down the road for vulnerable species.

While it may not seem an obvious connection at first, pet population control and environmental health go hand in hand. Spaying and neutering can help reduce pet abandonment cases. Overall, it helps keep ecosystems flowing smoothly. At boneve, we advocate for the well-being of animals, the environment, and unity among all.

A Positive Choice for Pet Health

As we celebrate Spaying and Neutering Awareness Month, let’s not forget that these decisions impact more than just our pets. They also influence our community and environment too. Through these seemingly small yet powerful choices, we’re crafting a brighter future for our beloved furry companions.

Let’s Get Real: The Cost of Pet Parenthood

Pets bring immeasurable joy and love to many families, but the decision to welcome one (or two) in your home means more than just exciting times.

Taking care of a pet is a significant commitment, both emotionally and financially. Since they can be with us for 15 years or more, the expenses accumulate over time.

We did a little math to find out the average cost* of having a furry friend by your side. Whether you buy, adopt, or take in a stray, there are numbers to think about and budgets to consider.

*Costs are average and based on Singapore Dollar.

One-Time Costs


Dogs in Singapore are required to have their microchip registered, and soon for cats too. Microchipping increases the odds of finding them if they ever get lost or stolen. The tiny chip could be your ticket to a happy reunion! This can go from S$50 to S$100.

Register your pet’s microchip, details, and your information with places like AVS, NParks, vet clinics, Petcall, and SPCA. An updated microchip allows for easier contact.


In Singapore, having a pet licence is a must for dogs. This way, pets are accounted for and can be traced back to their pet parents. Licence fees differ, but there’s a S$35 one-time fee for neutered dogs, lasting their lifetime.

Spaying and Neutering
S$150 to S$600, not including tests and post-surgery medication
To avoid surprise litters and help reduce animal overpopulation, spaying or neutering is the best way. This also lowers the number of strays on the streets. Getting your pet spayed or neutered can run you around S$350 to S$500, maybe even more, and that depends on how much your furball weighs.

Ongoing Costs

From S$20-S$150

How much you spend on food is largely based on your pet’s size, breed, and what they love to eat. Some dine on wet, raw, or dry food. Premium and quality nutrition may come with a price tag, but the benefits for your pets’ overall health make it worthwhile. Feeding hamsters or bunnies costs less and ranges from $20 to $50 monthly. Just a heads up, that doesn’t cover the fancy treats or snacks for your little buddy.

S$50 to S$150

Regular grooming is necessary for your pet’s health. While this can be done at home, sometimes a pro is best for the job. Depending on size, breed, and fur, this can cost between S$50 to S150. Cats are meticulous groomers but they might need a trim every 4-6 weeks, while dogs need grooming more frequently.

Vet Visits
S$40 to S$120

Regular vet check-ups are crucial. During these visits, your vet makes sure everything is in shape and tries to spot sneaky issues early on. The bill for these are usually S$40 to S$120. It can still be more, depending on the health issue you’re dealing with. Don’t forget to save some extra cash for medical emergencies!

From S$50

Keep preventable ailments away with regular vaccinations. The price will vary on what vaccine you will get, but it will mostly be around S$50 or more per visit. Talk to your vet to make sure you’re getting the correct shots for your furry friend.

Deworming, Fleas, and Ticks Prevention

Don’t let parasites worm their way into your furry friend or you! Deworming is a preventative care that helps reduce parasites (internal and external). Even before birth, dogs can contract different types of worms. The cost of deworming depends on the clinic, product, and your pet’s weight. But be ready to shell out S$20 or more.

If you bring your cats outdoors, it’s advisable to consider spot-on preventive treatments, such as Revolution®. This can help protect your felines from pesky pests.

Pet Supplies

Setting up a cosy space for your pets comes with a price tag too. Beds and toys need changing every few months, especially if your pets are prone to biting and chewing. For pet parents who drive, investing in a protective car seat cover is ideal since most dogs and cats are prone to fur shedding. Plus, it saves your car seat from those unintentional scratches. Win-win.

Emergency Medical Bills
S$150 to S$800

Sadly, our pets getting sick is an unavoidable reality. Medical emergencies can be quite costly, so it’s best to be prepared. On average, emergency exams cost S$150 to S$800. It can even climb up to a higher price, depending on the case and procedure needed. Building an emergency fund allows you to give the best care in case of any unexpected health issue.


Relocating pets in Singapore involves careful planning for a smooth transition for your pets. The average cost is around S$4000, permits and airfare included. Factors such as the size of the pet, the destination, and the level of assistance required can affect your final total. Budget for these expenses and research well before making the big move!

The Real Reward
Pets are always a welcome addition to the family. And while they come with their fair share of costs, the joy and companionship they generously give makes it all worth it. The time we spend together, the memories we make with them, is a constant reminder that love is truly beyond any price.

Pets are not gifts. They are a lifetime commitment.

As we gear up for Christmas festivities, the idea of handing over a bundle of fur might sound like a holly jolly idea. But gifting a pet is no fleeting fancy, it’s a commitment that goes far beyond merry celebrations.

It might be tempting to surprise someone, especially kids, with a kitten or bunny adorned with a bow. But keep in mind that pets are not accessories or decorations. They’re alive, with unique personalities, and they require time and affection. They are not temporary sources of joy but lifelong companions that deserve thoughtful consideration before bringing them into a new home.

When you buy on impulse or give a pet to an unknowing person, they may not be ready to handle the responsibilities that come with it. Even though receiving a gift might seem “free” at first, taking care of pets can be expensive over their lifetime. There needs to be a budget allotted just for them. From vet visits to toys, pets certainly know how to run up a tab!

Plus, the holiday season is not such an easy time for pets. Big crowds at family gatherings can be a source of stress for them. Introducing a pet to a new home with festivities happening around is overwhelming enough. There’s just too many distractions and new pets require a lot of care. They need time to settle in their new surroundings, preferably without the hustle and bustle of socialising.

Rather than surprising your family or friend with a pet out of nowhere, it’s better to talk to them about it first. Committing to a pet is a lifelong promise, best made personally and not on behalf of another. Welcoming a pet into the family is a deeply personal experience. It’s ideal to approach this with careful planning and with the recipients involved!

When the festive cheer fades away

Once the initial excitement of having a new pet wears off, it’s the commitment that keeps the bond going strong between pets and their humans. Feeding, cleaning up, and the occasional mess stops being a hassle and turns into these acts of love and responsibility. Sadly, this is not always the case.

Some enjoy having a pet only for a short period of time. After a while, they abandon it by giving it away or leaving it at a shelter. Don’t add to these dreadful statistics! Abandoned pets flood animal shelters, stretching their capacity and resources. This puts a huge strain on their system, making it challenging to help other animals in need.

Having pets is a commitment to their well-being, happiness, and care for their lifetime. It’s a joy to come home to wagging tails, but let’s not forget this also means responsibilities that last even after the festivities are over.

Our furry friends deserve nothing less. They are not gifts, and they deserve love, family, and a forever home.

Love in Every Paw Print: The Healing Power of Pets in Our Lives

If you feel calmer and happier around your four-legged friend, you’re not alone. Many studies have shown that our pets can provide more than just snuggles and kisses. They actually do wonders to our mental health.

This World Mental Health Day, we shine the light on the furry members of our family. They’re always there for us, and we often feel they know when we’re feeling sad or upset. When we’re overwhelmed and having a rough time, they give us extra love and compassion. 

The therapeutic power of the human-bond is a deep connection that knows no bounds. We become each others’ confidant, listener, and most loyal friend. We’re pleased to share stories that beautifully illustrate how sometimes the most profound healing can come from four-legged friends.

Heximilian’s Pawrent 

“It’s been a rough year. Leaving a relationship of 9 years wasn’t easy for me or the boys. I had to reconfigure from what I was used to for 9 years, on top of juggling a career change and the launch of a side business for pet tags. I did not want to sacrifice the boys’ level of care no matter the situation. I was alone, I was tired, I wanted to scream. I suddenly had no time for myself, I couldn’t even stop to hear myself think, I felt like I was going through a mental breakdown. There wasn’t and still isn’t a day where I could admit that I needed to throw in the towel because I am not functioning right.”

“I am still struggling even after months. But though I no longer have a partner to come home to, I still had the boys who were so patient with their change of routine. Holding Hex when I can’t take it anymore and need to catch a break also helped me a lot. I lost a partner, and the boys lost a parent. Taking care of three boys as one person isn’t easy, but I don’t think I’ll be able to make it this far without them giving me the drive and comfort, as well as my three good friends from within the cat community.”

Princess’s Pawrent

“At the start of the covid pandemic and just before lockdown, I was already suffering from anxiety and depression as we were previously living in quite a depressing city. A colleague who knew about my mental health recommended getting a cat to keep me company at home, and showed me videos of Princess (then Tallulah) at the shelter. Talking to my therapist, we agreed that adopting a cat will definitely help with my mental well-being, but only if I was sure I could properly care for her and not cause additional stress and anxiety for myself. I met Princess and immediately fell in love.”

“Having Princess at home helped establish a routine both for me and her. Feeding, playtime, etc, even down to cleaning her litter box. She gave me purpose – to give her the best life she could have. Throughout lockdown, I never experienced cabin fever like I thought I would because I had Princess around all the time. I knew friends who were desperate to go out, but I just wanted to stay in and spend time with my baby girl.”

These are just a few of the countless stories on how our furry friends can give inspiration, hope, and a renewed sense of purpose. And in the hustle and bustle of life, it’s quite easy to forget that our furry companions are not just pets. In their presence, we have peace and a refuge from the battles we silently face. 

Our furry friends are truly the unsung heroes of our lives, giving love and comfort that words alone could never express. They remind us that healing happens in many forms. And that sometimes, it comes in four paws, wrapped in fur, and filled with boundless affection.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, please do not hesitate to seek help from a qualified mental health professional or a trusted healthcare provider. There is hope, support, and healing waiting for you.

5 Ways To Foster the Bond Between You and Your Dog

September is not just about the warm hues, changing seasons, or the start of all things fall. It’s also Responsible Dog Ownership Month! A great time to reflect on being pet parents and the bond we have with our four-legged pals.

Dogs are unmatched in their devotion, loyalty, and friendship. From their unconditional love to their ability to sense when we’re happy or sad, they make our lives better in countless forms. Taking responsibility and learning new ways to grow as a pet parent can strengthen the bond between you and your dog.  

We know you have the basics of responsible parenting down pat. So, we’re sharing ways to foster the bond and make your connection with your dogs even stronger. And the great part is, these are easy things you can do every day.


Take daily walks, play fetch, or let them run

Since dogs are usually bursting with energy, taking them on walks is a great way to help them release it. Even if you don’t have an active dog, time outdoors is still important. This keeps them mentally and physically fit. Plus, it’s a good bonding experience while burning some extra calories too.

Make grooming a pleasant experience

Some dogs may not enjoy bath time but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a good splashy time. Make grooming fun by using treats, toys, and positive reinforcement. Keep sessions short and upbeat to make your dog comfortable. With patience and creativity, grooming can become a joyful shared activity that strengthens your connection even more.

Visit the dog park or set playdates

As much as our dogs love us, they need to spend time with other dogs too. Playdates and visits to dog parks allow dogs to socialise with their peers. This helps improve their social skills and reduce behaviour issues stemming from isolation.

Go for interactive toys

Give their brains a workout with toys that will keep them entertained and have their neurons firing. To avoid destructive behaviours brought on by excess energy and boredom, try challenging your buddy with puzzles and having them work for treats. 

You can also hide treats around the house. The hunt can be a fun activity for the whole family. Try hiding our air-dried treats for a tail-wagging good time.

Make sure their diet is healthy and nourishing

While dogs are generally not finicky about food, it’s still important to give them the highest quality nutrition. A diet that’s tailored to their age, size, and specific needs ensures optimal health for them. See our line of dog food for nutrition that’s all natural and made only with ingredients your dog needs to live their best life.

The love we have for our dogs goes beyond providing food and shelter. When we understand their needs, we make sure they’re happy and healthy overall. The extra love and care can actually increase their life expectancy. A little cuddling and a whole lot of love can go a long way! 

There are all sorts of things you can do to enrich your dog’s life even after Responsible Dog Ownership Month. Whatever chosen activity, your dog will surely relish every moment in your company.

Responsible Pet Ownership as Singapore Explores Cats in HDB Flats

Big changes are on the horizon as Singapore considers allowing cats in Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats. This new development signifies a progressive shift, recognising the bond between pet parents and their feline companions.

The ban on cats remains in place to this day. This decision is based on concerns about cats freely wandering around. Some get a bit uneasy around them, and others claim that cats relieve themselves in public places as a result of inadequate care from their owners. Additionally, their meowing are said to be bothersome to some. But a lot of these concerns can be easily managed with responsible cat ownership.

Things are changing, and living with cats might not be too far away in the future. And with July being Lost Pet Prevention month, it’s the perfect time to reflect on responsible pet parenting. As HDB considers allowing cats in homes, here’s what to remember to keep your feline companions safe, sound, and healthy.


A simple yet effective way to ensure the safety of your feline friend. With a tiny identification chip, pet parents provide a permanent link between themselves and their beloved pets. In the unfortunate event that a cat goes missing, microchipping significantly increases the chances of a joyful reunion. Don’t forget to update or register your microchip with AVS here.

No free roaming

Allowing cats to roam freely poses numerous risks to their safety. Cats can face dangers like traffic accidents, encounters with aggressive animals, exposure to diseases, and even getting lost. By keeping cats indoors or providing them with a safe, enclosed outdoor space, we ensure their protection while still allowing them to enjoy in a controlled environment.

Spaying and neutering

These measures not only help avoid unplanned litter but also offer a range of health advantages for cats. By spaying female cats and neutering male cats, we can reduce the chances of certain cancers and behavioural issues. This also helps minimise caterwauling, particularly when they are in heat, which is one of the reasons why neighbours might complain.  Spaying and neutering plays a vital role in managing the population of stray cats, leading to a healthier and more balanced community.

Mesh windows and balcony 

Create a secure environment by installing meshes or barriers. This nifty solution prevents those accidental falls, keeps them away from outdoor hazards, and even reduces the chance of a sneaky escape. This way, your cats can bask in the fresh air and sunlight while you kick back and relax, knowing they’re well-protected.

Use carriers and leashes

When taking your cats outside, it’s essential to use safe carriers, crates, or leashes. These can help them feel secure, cosy, and most importantly, they prevent any escape attempts or accidents. Just remember, it’s all about introducing them gradually and making it a positive experience, so your cats can have a blast too.

As Lost Pet Prevention month approaches, and as Singapore considers cats in HDB flats, it’s important to prioritise the safety and well-being of our feline companions. These efforts help them keep safe and happy in our homes. Let’s take this opportunity to raise awareness about responsible pet ownership and keep our cats safe, whether indoors or out