Cat supplies checklist

suzeanna

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Tried answering this before, but something went aground. I'm using cut'n'paste from WordPad this time, in case of a 'time clock' issue. I'll budget the toys, brush, toothbrush, and toothpaste for November...need stuff to make the $49 minimum of Chewy. At $15.99 for 20lb, Dr Elsey Cat Attract Litter is significantly more pricey than the Tidy Cats at $$16.46 for 35lb. The utility is simple. Use 50% Tidy Cats, and 50% Dr Elsey topper to attract the cat to the target, which should be attractive enough. Gradually I'll see how far I can cut back on the Dr Elsey. Maybe eliminate it entirely.

I need a soft carrier. The hard carrier is too much for my back, knees, and ankles to handle even without a cat in it. Given the fact a soft carrier is supposedly easy for cats to escape, and the public transit buses here give it a thumbs down, a stroller is not optional. Even if the cat does not like walkies, I still need a way to get the cat home from the pound, and to the vet.

Some of the food you mentioned is for cats with caviar tastes...unfortunately, I'm on a hamburger budget. While I will not be going the Friskies junkfood route, neither will I be springing for $14lb cat food, as with Ziwi Peak. Feline Natural looks within reach, and is apparently available as single can from Healthy Spot, which eliminates the risk factor of a whole case from Chewy. Same for Tiki Cat After Dark, available locally from PetSmart and Petco, at decent price. I'll look into collecting single cans of these to test out for possible later purchase by the case.

Any thoughts on vet insurance? I'm looking at Figo: Premium health insurance plans for cats and dogs..
I recommend waiting until you have know the age/gender of the cat you're going to adopt, then request quotes from all of the pet insurance companies you're interested in.
 

ObeseChess

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You do not necessarily need a toothbrush and toothpaste either. Dr Elsey’s makes a litter attractant, which will prevent you from having to mix brands of litter. You may not be in the US if those are the prices you’re seeing on those foods, and if so I apologize - my cat and I go through one variety pack of the tiki cat wet food every month, supplementing with dry food, and I think my average cat food budget is probably about $25 a month plus $30ish every two or three for a big bag of dry food. I realize that it’s more expensive elsewhere, though!

I realize this may sound a bit gruff and I apologize in advance but right now you are asking a community of cat owners for advice on what you need and what you don’t, based on a list you’ve made, but you don’t appear willing to make changes to that list, which is a bit confusing and frustrating. Everyone is telling you that you need a cat tree and you’re saying you don’t - you do! Cats love to climb, this is one of the only universal cat behaviors. Everyone is telling you that you don’t need a stroller, you’re saying you do because you believe you will be able to get a cat home from the shelter and to and from the vet in a stroller on public transportation - I cannot stress enough how much you will not be able to do that. A soft carrier won’t be any heavier or lighter than a hard carrier or any harder or easier for a cat to escape from. Even when I had a ruptured L5/S1 disc I was able to pick up Sassy’s crate, which weighs less than five pounds (unloaded of course!). As far as escape goes, they have latches and zippers and if cats ever figure out how to use those we are in a whole lot of trouble ;)

I understand and appreciate that you are trying to research and learn more before adopting, but please do keep an open mind as you are getting input from people who have forgotten more about cats than many of us will ever know. It may also be worth going to or calling a local pet store or cat specialty vet if you have either of these near you and asking them the same questions, in my experience people are always very happy to help, and of course we are as well!
 
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