Despite already having one cat – providing for a kitten was like starting from scratch. Or possibly even more expensive, because I keep wanting to get things for Lyla-cat to prove that we still love her just as much. I also conveniently forgot about my own ‘Oooh! That’s nice!’ mentality. Like… wanting everything to match for instance. Cue endless internet trawling for quaint, ceramic, etsy-made food bowls and mats and bespoke cat beds. I found one made by peticula which is amazing!
But on a serious note, I knuckled down on my spending like every frugal mother should. Indy-Boop is currently sleeping in half a shoebox which is stuffed with Lyla’s old blanket in the hope that he smells more like her. Admittedly, he does now look more of a rescue kitten than when when he was with Carole (his rescuer) as he’s now in a rather homeless looking dog cage. That’s the credit crunch for you! Stingyness aside… here’s a long list of kitten things (to the nearest pound);
Adoption fees – which will include neutering once Indy-Boop’s a bit bigger – £50
Booster vaccination course – at least £15 per vaccine treatment x2 – £30 (we got ours on special offer from Kings Road Vets x2 – £17)
Microchipping – £25 ish (we took advantage of another offer from the vets – £10)
Safety Cat Collar with name and address tag – £10
Worming treatments £5
Flea treatments – £15
Comfortable bed to sleep in – £0 he’s extremely happy in his shoebox that I wrapped up with old paper!
Small litter tray – lucky for Boop we already had a bright pink one that Lyla didn’t like but it did cost £5 new
Soft grooming brush – £3 Flea Comb – £2 Nail clippers – £3 (more things we already had, but this is what we paid for them way back when)
Kitten Toys – we got a few soft feathery ones but he’s happy enough just exploring for now – £3 and there’s always the tried and tested tin foil ball – and the “chase the tatty bit of string” game
Small bowls – so that he can eat his food easily – £2
Trial kitten food – dry and wet of various brands and flavours. You know, the expensive small packets instead of the bulk-buy cartons we get for Lyla-cat just so we can make sure that he actually eats something – £10
Large dog cage – this is to keep Indy-Boop safe as we get Lyla-cat and him to be best friends. We already had a cage but you’d be looking at spending at least £60-£100 for one of these
Grooming Wipes – to help Indy-Boop with the cleaning process – £3
Scratching Post – we gave Boop Lyla’s old post and have bought her a 62cm tall one so she can stretch out her little legs a bit further – £13
Catnip bubbles – (oh yes) the only thing I bought that I shouldn’t have – £4
Which makes a grand total of at least £200. And that doesn’t include insurance and daily food…
Mr Whitburn Whiskers is now happily saying ‘see?!… aren’t you glad we didn’t get two kittens?’ Well – um, yes. Yes he was (probably) right. Mind you – we didn’t actually buy Boop small bowls – we’re currently using casserole dish lids!
(The Cat Whiskerer)