Reducing Pet Expenses

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Fourteen years ago, when our older daughter was in second grade, she came hold and told us,”A boy in my class has kittens, and they’re free!” After chuckling about it, my wife and I agreed to let each of our daughters each pick out a kitten. I would have preferred a dog, but cats are more self-sufficient, which makes traveling easier.

One of the cats eventually got diabetes. My wife faithfully gave him injections for about a year. The cat was costing us $100 a month at the time in veterinarian related bills. In retrospect, we regret the expense. The cat eventually got too sick, and we had to put her down. We’re not sure if the cat did much better with the treatment than she would have done without it. It’s hard to justify paying that much for a sick cat, when there is a surplus pet population.

Our other cat has been relatively cheap to maintain. Several years ago, we transitioned her from wet to dry food, because it is better for her teeth and about half the cost.  We try to buy cat food on sale and with a coupon.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies cats as a recreational expense.  I agree that pets are entertaining.  Pets also have a number of health benefits.

When our cat dies, we don’t plan to replace it for a while.  A pet does make traveling more inconvenient, since we have to find someone to take care of her.  We will probably get another cat eventually.  My wife is a cat person and we like the company that a pet provides.

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