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Discussion in 'Grooming & General Cat Care' started by Spookyandsammy, May 15, 2019.

  1. Spookyandsammy

    Spookyandsammy Thread Starter Spookys human Alpha Cat

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    I love my cat and I put back whatever I can to buy my cat stuff I spend way too much money does anyone else do this ?
     

  2. LTS3

    LTS3 TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    I only spend money on two daily essentials: food (commercial raw is not cheap) and litter. My cats have plenty of toys which they mostly ignore so I don't buy anymore. They love boxes which I get for free from work since I don't order stuff online very often.

    Lots of cats prefer free and DIY toys and stuff to store bought :) You can buy the newest fancy toy or bed or whatever only to find that your cat totally ignores it, preferring a simple empty toilet paper tube to bat around or your sink to sleep in.
     

  3. Graceful-Lily

    Graceful-Lily *Alien* Top Cat

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    Depending on the cat, it's usually really easy to make things yourself or do things yourself. You can also repurpose cheap items to be functional for your cat.

    The most I spend on is food and vet bills. Especially vet bills.
     
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  4. Spookyandsammy

    Spookyandsammy Thread Starter Spookys human Alpha Cat

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    The bottle caps I don't know why but she loves them and balls she could chase them for days I might need to get a kids gate or something to keep the balls in one place she loves to push them into dark corners so I have to get down and pick them up
     

  5. Spookyandsammy

    Spookyandsammy Thread Starter Spookys human Alpha Cat

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    The litter is what kills me sammy and spooky go through a box its crazy I get like the clump and slide
     

  6. CatLover49

    CatLover49 My Precious Snowball Super Cat

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    It depends on what ure buying;if its in ure budget:
     

  7. CatLover49

    CatLover49 My Precious Snowball Super Cat

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    Yea I use Dr.Elseys RESPIRATORY RELIEF For my cats health n my own.And it aint cheap.But thats what i HAVE to buy to use for my boy
     
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  8. KittyCatCove

    KittyCatCove Daddy of 3 Adult Cat

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    My cat Buddy is a bigger guy (16lbs) and likes to drink a lot of water... this causes me to go through litter very quickly. I totally replace the litter at least once a month and that adds more cost. I want my babies to be as clean as possible!
     
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  9. Spookyandsammy

    Spookyandsammy Thread Starter Spookys human Alpha Cat

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    Only If spooky will cover her poop it smells up my room I have to break out the fabreeze and open a window it still lingers no matter what I do
     

  10. muffy

    muffy TCS Member Top Cat

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    The most I ever spent on my cats was vet bills. One year I had 5 cats and the vet bills came to $10,000. There was nothing really expensive, just normal things.
     

  11. marmoset

    marmoset TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    On food and litter I do. I have one cat with IBS and allergies and one cat that needs one brand of cat litter in one specific type of litterbox or he pees willy-nilly. Honestly he still does pee out of the box so we have specialty water-proof blankets we use to catch his urine with expensive cleansers.

    We don't begrudge them at all though. My husband can't sleep without his buddy (the peer) and the cat with IBS is the ONLY cat we've ever chosen to adopt out of all the cats we've had in our life together.

    Vet expenses are very high obviously but we try to negate that by having a mobile vet and doing fosters. So the mobile vet comes out a bit frequently so we can just say do the fosters appointments and then add on our personal cats at full price. It's still cheaper than going to our regular vet that is in a very rich area whose office has a lot of overhead.
     

  12. Spookyandsammy

    Spookyandsammy Thread Starter Spookys human Alpha Cat

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    Yeah they wanted $600+ for me to fix spooky I cant afford that I am going to the mspca hopefully they call me soon
     


  13. JamesCalifornia

    JamesCalifornia TCS Member Top Cat

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    ~ Yes ! Food & litter - but only because I have waay too many cats ... :stars::redcat:
     

  14. Spookyandsammy

    Spookyandsammy Thread Starter Spookys human Alpha Cat

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  15. Mother Dragon

    Mother Dragon Cat slave Top Cat

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    As is said by others, cats like cheap, homemade toys just as well as expensive ones.

    You're wise to put aside money for your cat, though, because vet bills can drain your bank account in a blink.

    I'd suggest that every time you're tempted to buy something for your cat that you put the money aside for future care. instead That way, both of you win.
     

  16. Mother Dragon

    Mother Dragon Cat slave Top Cat

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    I'd suggest a Scoop Free self-cleaning litter box when you can afford it. It scoops the entire box twenty minutes after the cat uses it. It's a bit more expensive for the cartridges (cheaper from Chewy) but it keeps the odor down and your cat always has a fresh, clean box. After about 65 uses, you remove the box of litter at the bottom, put the cover on it, and put in a new box. Add the provided litter and you're done. Don't buy LitterMaid, though. They break quickly and the company doesn't really stand behind them. Plus, they're noisy and prone to jamming.

    We have a Scoop-Fre in our bedroom and Chocolate isn't the best about covering anything. We still don't have odor. We keep an open jar of Smells BeGone® Odor Neutralizing Gel Beads by the pan to further keep down smells. They really work. We get ours from Bed Bath & Beyond, but I'm sure you can find them lots of places.
     

  17. Spookyandsammy

    Spookyandsammy Thread Starter Spookys human Alpha Cat

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    I use the clump and slide by arm & hammer and I add baking soda to it but I just had to open a window it's like nasty

    And I don't have the money for a fancy cat box

    But. I will try those see what happens
     
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  18. kittyluv387

    kittyluv387 TCS Member Top Cat

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    Omg that’s crazy! Normal things?! Can’t imagine.
     
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  19. muffy

    muffy TCS Member Top Cat

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    I don't remember everything that was done that year. They all had their teeth cleaned, shots,Muffin and Tiger had the thyroid treatment Baxter had cancer on his toe and it had to be removed and I had to have Buddy and Tiger pts. That is all I remember but I am sure there was more stuff done that year. I miss them like crazy.
     
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