Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Cost Of Fuzz Love =^..^=

BF and I want a kitty so badly. Well I know he has a dream of having a dog but the one he wants is not really appropriate for our lifestyle or living situation for now. I think that will have to wait until we have a home of our own.

So for now we are interested in taking in a cat. BF wants a kitten but I want a rescue cat. I think a good compromise would be a younger aged cat from the SPCA. The cat would be about $125. Not bad for a loving addition to our family of 2. We had a rat before which was an incredible pet but she was sickly and passed after only a year and a half. I just can't handle another heartache like that so a cat is what I'd like now.

Our landlord wants to see how we are as renters first and may request a deposit. In the meantime while we are waiting for the okay I'm spending a lot of free time checking the BC SPCA website. There was one that I really wanted but it seems to be gone already. I'd like to go by the local shelter soon and see who I bond with.

I really want a long haired orange tabby. I also like grey hairs and tortoise shell colored cats. In reality its going to come down to who we bond with. I need a cat that loves cuddles, belly rubs and likes meow chats. If a cat doesn't like to be playful and belly rubs its probably not suited for us.

So now I need to know how much a cat will cost me in the long run. There is far more to what the initial cat cost will be. I have to consider vet visits which are costly. All the "stuff" a cat needs plus food and litter on a regular basis. I think for me the joy I will get will outweigh the cost but I need to prepare myself. I take on the responsibility with great intentions of the cat being a forever part of my family.

We've already had a trial run with strays that turned out to be a neighbours cats so we know this is something we want. We've had to wait because of our travel plans but now we are ready. So here's a list of things I think a cat will require above vet costs.

Kitty Wish List

  • litter box
  • litter
  • pooper scooper
  • food (wet, dry and treats)
  • toys
  • brush
  • collar
  • food/water dish
  • cat carrier

What else would I need? Also, any products/foods you would recommend? Any advice would be appreciated and helpful =^..^=


Laura said...

I suggest a scratch post. my kitty ruined my couch and is very lucky I love him. Also, be careful wishing for a talkative kitty. I love that Oryx is social, he talks all of the time. Not so fabulous when I am sleeping and he decides we need to have a conversation. Oh who am I kidding. I love that cat!

The Asian Pear said...

do you plan on declawing your cat or perhaps making your kitty wear those nail covers? Or else I agree with Laura.

As for other possible things, umm... Well, since it'll be a BC cat... Catnip?


Dolly Iris said...

Yes, I guess a cat post will be a good investment. Good call ladies!

AP - I howled with laughter when I read your BC comment. I told my mom who also thought it was hilarious!