For many years, my rule served me well, until I bought an adult cat, named Kitten, from a cat rescue six years ago. He is not flushable, and I have a feeling he will outlive me and my entire family.Only buy a pet that is small enough to flush and/or has a life expectancy of less than one year. Examples include hamsters, goldfish and small garden-variety insects such as ladybugs or houseflies.
It seemed like a good idea at the time. Incredibly affectionate and well-behaved, he appeared so grateful to be coming home with us that day.
For a while things went smoothly.
Then, one day, Kitten developed a blockage of crystals in his urinary tract, which resulted in his inability to use the tray. Surgery was required at a cost of over $1200.00. I was worried about him, and concerned about my dwindling bank account. Two days later, I noticed he was having trouble urinating, so I whisked him back to the vet. I picked him up at the clinic a couple of days later and was presented with a $250.00 bill. The verdict? Psychological.
Psycho-bloody-logical!?? I was incredulous. And that wasn't all. From now on, Kitten was to be on a special and very expensive diet called Urinary-SO (sounds tasty, doesn't it?) I swear he smirked at me from his cat box in the back seat.
In addition to his $150,000 food bill, I have also had to give him a Soft Claws manicure, to stop him scratching the furniture. He could spend a day at my local wellness spa for less money. Maybe I should just have his feet removed...it would be a lot less pricey, and would solve a whole host of other problems.
But no...I suppose I'll carry on, deal with the terrible abuse and hope that one day he becomes a sedate lap cat. Because for all his quirks and his dreadful temper, he's more fun than a hamster or a goldfish.
Until next time,