Yesterday was a big unexpected adventure, but because of the DR system we're working, we got through it just fine.
I will try to be brief, I know I tend to ramble. A relative of my co-worker was looking for someone to adopt her cat within 24hrs, due to a messy landlord/breakup/legal situation. Coworker asked if I wanted a cat, and because DH and I had been toying with the idea of a pet for so long, I asked him. We said yes, and coworker set me up with her cousin or something.. After our counseling appt, we drove about 1.5hrs away to this home where we were given the cat and all of his belongings. We did not know much of his details leading up to the 'meeting', such as what he looks like, medical history, what he'd come with. We stopped at a Petsmart on the way for a travel crate. Stopped at a grocery store on the way home for a disposable litter box and some food and flea shampoo. We're about $55 in with more expenses to come. We still need a proper litter box (grocery store's only option was one I didnt like hence me buying the disposable), litter, and the vet appointment is later this week which will be a base fee of $54. If anything comes up, and I do count on it (worms meds if he has worms, dietary restrictions, supplements, etc) that will cost extra. I am stopping at the vet on my way home for a flea pill and they quoted me $7 for that. He's not infested and I haven't seen any, but DH says he noticed a couple on his head.
For such a quick decision, he is a wonderful wonderful kitty. He's about 10 years old and very mellow. He's all-white, and his name is Casper. He promptly used the litter box and so far hasn't clawed at stuff (phew). His previous owners had not brought him in to a vet since 2013 so I know he needs some TLC for his remaining years - however long that might be. The home we picked him up from was pretty dirty. Not hoarders style nasty, but definitely not clean. Very small confined space too (a single-wide where the young owners had a space at the front end of it that was about an 8x8 room separate from the rest).
So here we go. I've been receiving my Wellness rewards VISA cards so they have been a Godsend as far as helping paying for new pet expenses. They won't all go to debt after all, but we are not backpedaling in our Babysteps due to this choice. DH has been over the moon about this cat since we drove home with him so that makes me very happy! I don't know why we took so long to make the plunge, likely it was due to me not really having pets growing up so I was in no rush to change that. Now that he's been home for less than a day, I am already liking cat-ownership! It puts a smile on my face
On our way home last night, cat aboard, an hour from home, I wasn't stressing about how we'd pay for gas and food and the vet and so on. It definitely felt peaceful and right.
In the meantime, any advice on cat stuff is appreciated. I was surprised at how much I had to look up and ask around last night about things!
Here he is: