A few weeks ago, I walked outside and heard a rustling behind a cabinet in our garage. Upon inspection, I was surprised to see a cat. Correction. I was surprised to see five cats. A mommy cat was nursing her four newborn kittens. I have never owned a cat. I have never wanted to own a cat. I don’t even like cats.
I now have five cats. I must admit, the kittens are rather cute. My kids named the kittens: Tiger, Blackie, Whitie, Tiger, and the mom, Tabby. (Original? Not so much!) Two of the kittens will be moving away soon, off to new homes, and we’ll keep the mommy cat and the remaining two kittens.
What does this have to do with personal finance? Cats are expensive! I’ve been buying canned food for the mom. The cheapest I can find is about .20 per can. So, I now have to adjust our budget. New category: Cats. Weird.
(Where did this cat come from? I have no idea. Apparently, she’s just a stray, but she looks healthy.)
I am NOT an “animal person”. In fact, I’m pretty repulsed by the idea of living with, near, or next to, an animal. But, I do have heart, and my kids really love these cats, so I’m going to do my best to feed them and take care of them. (These are “yard cats” meaning they’ll live in our backyard and I’ll feed them. I will NOT allow these little critters to come inside.)