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Day 118: My frugal little cat


Hepburn: carry-on cat!

You guys, I love my cat. So. Much.

And she was - wait for it - totally free!

I was looking for a cat 3.5 years ago when I first moved here, and a vet friend mentioned that there were some animals at the university who had been used for experiments and who needed new homes. Immediately, like you, I wondered what experiments had been done on these cats: did they have lasers coming out of their eyeballs, for instance?

Hepburn: cat in a box!

But apparently the experiment was they took out part of her pancreas and then did tests on that piece of pancreas. Or something like that. Anyway, she's totally fine. And free!

My roommate at the time used to have a cat, so she donated her former cat litter tray, cat carrier, and cat tree to the cause. Free cat!

Hepburn: diva extraordinaire

However, two years ago, my lovely and beautiful (and free!) cat had some dental issues requiring surgery. This was both terrifying - would she be OK?? - and also kind of worrying, as I knew this was going to cost a lot.

Coincidentally, this was also around the same time as my birthday. And so, I had a dual birthday/cat-fundraising party where in lieu of gifts, I asked my friends and family for donations for my cat's tooth surgery. I raised $300! It was incredible!

Hepburn: sweater cat

Anyway, my cat is great now. And obviously not free - I buy litter and food. And I mistakingly recently let her drink the oil from a tin of tuna, and now she is on a hunger strike unless I let her eat tuna every day. This may get slightly expensive.

But so worth it!

6 comments:

Jolie said...

Your cat is adorable. I have such a deep love for cats, much to the amusement of my sons. (they love them too but still like to mock me LOL)

Niki said...

She is beautiful. I'm glad she doesn't have lasers coming out of her eyes. That might be cool, maybe not practical though.

cat said...

You kitty is beautiful :)

I knew a cat who just went crazy every time she smelt tuna.

The Girl Next Door said...

This is adorable! My 2 cats are rescues and even though they cost me a lot of money they add so much value to my life :)

Ellstar said...

Ok, that's hilarious because I had the same thing happen.

On my birthday two years ago, I went to a baseball game, cat was fine, came home and he was extremely ill! I took him to the vet and they did all this stuff and he stayed for 2 days, etc, etc awful stressful cat stuff. I almost cancelled my birthday party, I was too sad, but my roommate convinced me I needed friends and cheering up and should LET people come and do so.

My kitty healed up the MORNING OF my party so he was locked in my room while we entertained in the rest of the apartment. We switched gears from a no-holds-barred party to a fundraiser, we bought and prepped all kinds of food and cracked open the liquour cabinet and threw a fundraiser. No gifts, just kitty donations. All donors got to see the poor guy and there were lots of "POOR KITTY(S)" comments all night.

It almost completely covered the terrifying bill and instead of moping I had a great time :)

Annabelle said...

Thanks, you guys! Hepburn is taking on her newfound Internet celebrity with a grace and class similar to Kate Middleton.

Untrue. She has been prancing around in a very "feed me tuna, I am an Internet star!" like manner. Similar to Zsa Zsa Gabor or something. But this is her way, and I love her to bits.

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