We adopted 2 kittens last August - they are ELEVEN months old today, how did that happen? I try to be frugal and try not to buy things for them that are not absolutely needs, because it’s easy to get carried away with toys and fun stuff like that. (Girl Kitty does have a highly preferred type of fuzzy mousie that she destroys fairly often so I replace those frequently; they’re like $5 for a 3-pack though so that’s not too bad.)
I don’t want to skimp on the quality of their food, so they eat Wellness and Blue Buffalo wet food and Whole Earth dry food. They’re doing really well on both so I hesitate to change them to something cheaper. I order the food and huge things of cat litter (which as a non-car-owner is SO amazing, to not have to haul litter home on public transport!) from chewy.com on autoship. I’m spending $84/month on this. I also spend usually around another $20 at Petsmart for the Blue Buffalo canned food because it’s cheaper there than at Chewy for some reason.
So, monthly expenses have been:
$46 every 3 months for their Revolution - they had a serious flea problem when we got them and the vet wants them on Revolution for a full year (that started in September). I get a $15 rebate every time I buy it, which goes on a card that I can only use at the vet.
$20/month Feliway - oops, forgot about this and noticed last night that the diffuser had run dry and had gotten very hot so had to order more. I am uncertain whether I should continue using it. We’ve used it since we got them and they’ve never been without it so I don’t know whether they’d develop behavior issues or inter-cat conflict without it. Honestly, I’m afraid to try; Boy Kitty tends to be sensitive and easily stressed and I don’t want him to start stress-peeing everywhere or develop stress-related UTI or anything.
Toys/non-needs: Varies, no more than $5-$10 per month. Other than Girl Kitty’s mousies, they’re perfectly happy to play with boxes, paper grocery bags, packing paper, crumped up receipts, etc.
Vet bills: this varies wildly, it’s been anywhere from $0 to more than $1,000 in a month (I include the cost of Lyfts or Zipcars in that figure because we don’t have a car and no public transport goes to our vet). They were sickly when we got them and had many ER runs as of course we’d only come home to/wake up to a struggling obviously unwell kitten outside of regular vet hours! Now they’re mostly healthy but Boy Kitten caught giardia last month which meant repeated $$$ poo sample testing and meds for both of them as every animal in the house needs treated because contagious.
This seems obscene to me. But I’m not sure how to get it down. I signed up for coupons on the food manufacturer’s websites and now and then that’ll get me a few free cans of food. I get reward points at Petsmart, and the other day I got an email offer for a free can of food at Petco so I went there though it’s out of my way.
Things I could be doing better:
I have two separate autoships going at Chewy, one for wet food and litter, and one for dry food. I have to pay shipping on the dry food because it’s not enough of a spend to qualify for free shipping - so I could synch those up and save $5 per month in shipping. But then I’ve got a bag of dry food sitting around for a while as they’re still eating off the old one.
I’ve considered doing more of the shopping at Petsmart for the reward points that I can cash in. That may be a wash, though, once I factor in the chewy.com autoship discount, though. Have to do math. And, honestly, it would be a huge PITA to have to haul large things of cat litter and wet food home on foot or on the bus. I do realize I’m paying for the convenience. And Petsmart doesn’t carry their dry food, so I’d have to find a source for that.
Anyway, curious whether my spending is in fact as obscene as it feels, or whether this is just what kittens cost. I should note that Boyfriend reimburses me for half of what I spend.
Here are the little money pits: