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gazelle intensity and crazy expensive cat food

gmarie

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I'm really feeling gazelle these days. I get so excited and obsessed when I'm like this. It's so much fun!

 

I'm seriously considering bartering eggs for olive oil since we are out and we only have about $10 left in the grocery budget for the month. Maybe my mom would be willing?

 

We are going to my nieces birthday party today so that will be fun. We were planning on bringing some eggs, so maybe I can get some olive oil out of the deal. :-)

 

Our one budget killer is that my Siamese has been throwing up, pretty much since the summertime, but it's been worse lately. We have him on pepcid which helps, but we finally just changed his diet to the vets recommendation of a grain free single source novel protein. (like turkey or duck - no chicken or beef) She sent us a link to a website that really recommends wet food over dry (if not making your own)- we have always fed them Avoderm dry, and I thought that was good for them, but apparently it is not.

 

So now we are feeding them twice a day (instead of free feeding). The new cat overeats and can't handle free feeding. She is seriously getting fat! The cans would cost us $100/ mo at the store(!) but I spent time yesterday researching prices and found that if I buy the large ones on amazon through subscribe & save every OTHER month, including DH's protein that he already gets, will give us the five orders for a 20% discount which brings the cost down to $50/ mo for the cat food and saves us an additional $15% on the protein! So, this is a huge increase from our $28 for 14 lbs which lasted almost two months, but he hasn't been throwing up on this food at all, and hopefully we can stop the pepcid soon. But, I am never getting a dog! Two cats is more than enough!



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I think my cat likes Dave Ramsey! I'm in my office working and listening to Friday's SHOW for the first time in months, and the cat is sitting pretty on the bookshelf staring at me! He never comes in here! I think he's a DR fan!

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Also, I just decided that our savings goal = $37,500. NY closing costs are 5%, so this would be 20% down + closing costs on a 150k house or 10% down + closing costs on a 250k house. Although it has been my dream to put 20% down, 10% is within DR guidelines.

 

$37,500 is achievable by spring if we stay gazelle and get creative. And, since it may take a while to find the right property for us, we could have more saved by the time we actually close, so I'm comfortable with this savings goal.

 

We will also need money for the insurance/escrow (although our credit union does not require us to escrow property taxes, but we are still not 100% sure we will go with them), and our FFEF will need to be funded at the new level. But, I guess we can worry about that a little later. For now, our goal is 37,500.

 

We also decided that since we are treating savings like BS2 "debt" we will NOT contribute to the 10k to the HSA and IRAs in April. We need to stay focused on this goal, and ONLY this goal.

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Oh, and one more thing (sorry for all of the posts), I did talk to my boss and tell him that I enjoy working there, and that I am available to work after tax season. He told me that he thinks I'm doing a great job, and that he was planning to talk to me in April about any opportunities. Oh, and he also said that I remind him of himself. :-)

 

I should be able to work from home at least a few days in the slow season, so it would work out perfectly with my other job. So that's good news!

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question....how is the change from free feeding to twice a day going with the cats?  I got a kitten last summer and well, she's getting a little chunky.  the older cat has always done free feeding, and I hate to limit her (shes a bit on the thin side due to thyroid issues, but not unhealthy thin)....not really sure what to do. 

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Well I do miss the attention when I get home from work (they are too focused on eating to care about me), but otherwise they seem fine. The Siamese wakes us up around 5 am for breakfast, so really it seems more of an inconvenience to us rather than them.

 

The Siamese has lost a lot of weight recently, and had seemed to have all but stopped eating the dry food, so we really needed to make the change to grain free/single source protein wet food. I had been putting it off for months because of the cost, which i feel awful about, since it does really seem like the dry food was hurting him. I'm not sure if he developed an allergy, or have been getting bad batches, or what.

 

This is the website that was recommended by my vet. It has a ton of information including info on free feeding. http://www.catinfo.org/

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There are a number of cats who have or develop food insensitivities, if not true allergies. These cats are definitely helped by going to a novel protein diet. When lucky, you can get away with something "normal" like duck & potato with limited ingredients. When REALLY unlucky, you end up on prescription diets with fancy synthesized proteins and those are REALLY expensive. I'm glad the diet change is helping your kitty. If it stops, I would probably recommend seeing an internist and maybe getting an endoscopy to better diagnosis the issue.

 

Dry vs. wet is all preference. You'll find vets who swear by either/or. It's more likely the ingredients in the dry Avoderm that were the issue, not the actual it-being-dry. You could try a dry version of the same wet food novel protein diet you are feeding now and see if he tolerates it.

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Thanks! You are right about the prescription diet, my vet quoted me $61.88 for an 8.8 lb bag!!!

 

Unfortunately, I have not been able to find a dry food from a reputable company that meets the criteria the vet gave me, and is available in stores or on Amazon or a pet food website with free shipping. Almost every grain free novel protein has more than one protein in it, (for example, they say it's duck, but has chicken in it also) or it comes from a company with too much negative feedback. My vet gave me a long list of brands to research, and we finally decided on the Wellness Turkey. The siamese is a very picky eater, and he likes it, so I think we made the right choice!

 

We are considering going to the homemade diet that is discussed on the website I posted above. I like that she prepares large batches and freezes them, so it's not like she's saying you need to cook your cats two meals a day. DH is a chef so if anyone can do it right, he can. If we can do it for less than $50/ mo, it would be worth it!

 

I'm also hoping to change their litter to a cheaper brand to help offset the increase in food. We buy the Arm & Hammer... any suggestions for a cheaper clumping litter? Or, can I just use newspapers? ;-)

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I get those moments of feeling/wanting to be gazelle intense too and your right it is fun!! I'm enjoying seeing how far we can stretch all our different budget categories. We have 11 days left in the month and still have $200 in our grocery acct. We still have $30 left in our entertainment fund!!! This one is unheard of but since I have got my DH onboard is has made all this budgeting business so much easier!

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I found with my one cat,that she would clump the entire bag of clumping litter in one week. So I changed to no clumping, and dump it out every week.

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I found with my one cat,that she would clump the entire bag of clumping litter in one week. So I changed to no clumping, and dump it out every week.

Thanks! What brand do you use?

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We are doing wet. Their dry food does does meet the criteria (for cats with food sensitivities). Their wet turkey is grain fee and has no other protein.

 

He threw up in the middle of the night last night - all over DH's side of the bed. It was awful, but I guess all of these years of me being jealous that the siamese sleeps on his side have paid off. So gross!

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Ok, I am so frustrated. I just looked at the back of the cans that arrived yesterday and it shows other ingredients other than turkey (including chicken) i'm so confused -I know that I checked and there was no chicken in it before.

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That is frustrating. I was just reading about making his food, but I feel so lazy when it comes to doing that. I wish there was a magic wand. How long did it take your kitties to transition over completely?

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We only mixed the dry for a day or so. The website suggested to remove the dry from the house b/c if they can smell it, they will hold out for it, and that did seem to work.

 

and I hear you about the extra work but I plan on giving that job to DH. :-) He has as a meat grinder at work so he'll just prepare it there and can even store it in the walk-in until we need it. We could really use a deep freezer, but it's not in the budget!

 

We also need to consider other protein sources - he got a price for rabbit and it was over $6/lb. That is wayyy too much!

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