Saturday, January 23, 2010


Kevin and I are very torn about something.

When we bought the house that we live in, it came with a cat, Sammy. The previous owners tried taking her (an outside cat, even thought the DECLAWED HER! isn't that awful?!) to their new home and land, but she hated it and refused. So... she came along with the territory.

Our next door neighbor always kept food on her back porch for her and let her in when it was freezing cold. Well... our neighbor just moved.

And now Sammy is outside our house crying and meowing and runs in front of our car every time we pull up to the house begging for attention and food.

We are on a very tight budget these days and quite frankly don't need to be spending the extra money it would take to feed her. And we're not HUGE cat people, honestly. But if she dies BECAUSE OF US, I don't know what I'd do. Gosh, I don't know what Kevin would do, he loves animals more than probably any man you've met!

So what do we do?! Create a monster by feeding her and making her think she's ours, signing up for years and years of adding "cat food" to our Walmart list, or don't feed her and risk HER DEATH?!




9 comments:

Juli said...

Hey. Since you asked for advice, i'm going to give my 2 cents :). I love cats, so i may be biased. I think just feeding the cat, isn't going to be that much of a monetary strain. Honestly, my cat is an inside cat, and we go through a bag of cat food a month (and usually the dog eats it, so its more the dog eating it than the cat). Without the expense of litter (since it is an outside cat) you're only looking at about 7 dollars or so a month (that's buying the food we buy "the good life" cat recipe). I understand the struggle you two are having...

As for letting it in your house when its cold? That one i'm a bit torn on. Not because it's a cat, but because it's an outdoor cat. Health wise, i worry. If it has feline aids, or leukemia...or even fleas (which are terrible to get out of carpet)... is it up to date on rabies shots? all of its vaccines? thats what concerns me. All in all, maybe if you have a garage that the cat could stay in? surely that would be warmer than outside, without the worry of letting the cat in the house.

Now, if you choose to actually adopt the cat. Don't let people deter you just because you're having a baby. My next blog is going to be about my cat with Dylan...and they're best friends (i had Zeus before Dylan). If she's already spayed, you can get vaccines for like $10 dollars a peice at the humane societies (at least here i know), and thats a once a year thing (unless you do the 3 year rabies)...plus about $15 for a big thing of cat litter which will last about a month and a half, plus the $7 for food...and you can get a cat bed at walgreens for 2 for $10 i believe. They're significantly cheaper than dogs, but I know you have 2 dogs, so I'm just givin you the run down.

I have the biggest heart ever, and i love that you do too -- that you see this kitty and really want to help, but don't know if you can. I totally get it :) if you have any thoughts, questions, worries about cats, let me know!

humblelearning said...

Jessica, you have GOT to feed that cat! He/she will be fine outside. By a 10 lb bag at Sams and it'll last for a while and I think it's less than $10. Our house came with a cat too and it's an animal with feelings and Life; you don't have to let it rub all over you and become a part of the family.

ps: I made the camera strap, and if you save the life of that cat I'll make one for you too. Deal?

WendyPierce said...

So, I'd just call the animal shelter and report a stray cat in your yard. You could probably even tell them the story and they'll realize it's pretty much homeless and come and pick it up. Then he will have a chance with a family of cat lovers. I wouldn't take it. But then again, I hate cats.

Larsen Family said...

Not that this is helping, but it is sooo cute. I like cats and dogs, both, but am allergic so can't have cats in the house. However, I am also allergic to the dogs and they are staying. Good luck, maybe you can ask around and someone would take it.

Leslie McDaniel said...

Okay, the one person in your life who probably despises animals the most! But even I know you can't just let it die. Calling the shelter is good advice if you really can't bring yourself to take care of it.

If it's a money issue (and not necessarily an inconvience issue) then I will humbly remind you of our conversation at lunch the other day. Remember when we were talking about the spirit of giving?

I will say that I wouldn't let ANY stray cat come near me or my kids. Two years ago Hayden got ringworm from our neighborhood stray cat. It's deaf, we call her Handi-Cat. The cream for ringworm costs $75, by the way. But that didn't stop us from feeding it pork when it showed up on our porch this Christmas Eve.

Molly Carman said...

As far as the inside/outside thing goes, the cat would probably be just fine if you gave it a little box/nest in the warm corner of your screened porch.

James and Elizabeth said...

I agree with Wendy! I'm not much of a cat person... at all.

KimKlip71 said...

I would say call around and find a no kill shelter that could take the kitty...or see if you can give it to Uncle Clayt the next time he comes to visit. :) I am not sure about Arkansas law, but I know in the state of IL if you feed the cat, you are responsible for it's care including vaccinations and everything.

Ambrosia said...

I have five outside cats, none of which I planned on having, and one inside cat..I go through a $10 bag of catfood a month for the outside cats....One solo cup of food a day. I built a small shelter with a bale of straw in it for the outside cats to live in. I am currently unemployed and have managed to work them into my budget. One great thing about having them outside is that I no longer have a rodent problem. When I first moved into my house I had tons of moles, mice and other creatures...

Saturday, January 23, 2010


Kevin and I are very torn about something.

When we bought the house that we live in, it came with a cat, Sammy. The previous owners tried taking her (an outside cat, even thought the DECLAWED HER! isn't that awful?!) to their new home and land, but she hated it and refused. So... she came along with the territory.

Our next door neighbor always kept food on her back porch for her and let her in when it was freezing cold. Well... our neighbor just moved.

And now Sammy is outside our house crying and meowing and runs in front of our car every time we pull up to the house begging for attention and food.

We are on a very tight budget these days and quite frankly don't need to be spending the extra money it would take to feed her. And we're not HUGE cat people, honestly. But if she dies BECAUSE OF US, I don't know what I'd do. Gosh, I don't know what Kevin would do, he loves animals more than probably any man you've met!

So what do we do?! Create a monster by feeding her and making her think she's ours, signing up for years and years of adding "cat food" to our Walmart list, or don't feed her and risk HER DEATH?!




9 comments:

Juli said...

Hey. Since you asked for advice, i'm going to give my 2 cents :). I love cats, so i may be biased. I think just feeding the cat, isn't going to be that much of a monetary strain. Honestly, my cat is an inside cat, and we go through a bag of cat food a month (and usually the dog eats it, so its more the dog eating it than the cat). Without the expense of litter (since it is an outside cat) you're only looking at about 7 dollars or so a month (that's buying the food we buy "the good life" cat recipe). I understand the struggle you two are having...

As for letting it in your house when its cold? That one i'm a bit torn on. Not because it's a cat, but because it's an outdoor cat. Health wise, i worry. If it has feline aids, or leukemia...or even fleas (which are terrible to get out of carpet)... is it up to date on rabies shots? all of its vaccines? thats what concerns me. All in all, maybe if you have a garage that the cat could stay in? surely that would be warmer than outside, without the worry of letting the cat in the house.

Now, if you choose to actually adopt the cat. Don't let people deter you just because you're having a baby. My next blog is going to be about my cat with Dylan...and they're best friends (i had Zeus before Dylan). If she's already spayed, you can get vaccines for like $10 dollars a peice at the humane societies (at least here i know), and thats a once a year thing (unless you do the 3 year rabies)...plus about $15 for a big thing of cat litter which will last about a month and a half, plus the $7 for food...and you can get a cat bed at walgreens for 2 for $10 i believe. They're significantly cheaper than dogs, but I know you have 2 dogs, so I'm just givin you the run down.

I have the biggest heart ever, and i love that you do too -- that you see this kitty and really want to help, but don't know if you can. I totally get it :) if you have any thoughts, questions, worries about cats, let me know!

humblelearning said...

Jessica, you have GOT to feed that cat! He/she will be fine outside. By a 10 lb bag at Sams and it'll last for a while and I think it's less than $10. Our house came with a cat too and it's an animal with feelings and Life; you don't have to let it rub all over you and become a part of the family.

ps: I made the camera strap, and if you save the life of that cat I'll make one for you too. Deal?

WendyPierce said...

So, I'd just call the animal shelter and report a stray cat in your yard. You could probably even tell them the story and they'll realize it's pretty much homeless and come and pick it up. Then he will have a chance with a family of cat lovers. I wouldn't take it. But then again, I hate cats.

Larsen Family said...

Not that this is helping, but it is sooo cute. I like cats and dogs, both, but am allergic so can't have cats in the house. However, I am also allergic to the dogs and they are staying. Good luck, maybe you can ask around and someone would take it.

Leslie McDaniel said...

Okay, the one person in your life who probably despises animals the most! But even I know you can't just let it die. Calling the shelter is good advice if you really can't bring yourself to take care of it.

If it's a money issue (and not necessarily an inconvience issue) then I will humbly remind you of our conversation at lunch the other day. Remember when we were talking about the spirit of giving?

I will say that I wouldn't let ANY stray cat come near me or my kids. Two years ago Hayden got ringworm from our neighborhood stray cat. It's deaf, we call her Handi-Cat. The cream for ringworm costs $75, by the way. But that didn't stop us from feeding it pork when it showed up on our porch this Christmas Eve.

Molly Carman said...

As far as the inside/outside thing goes, the cat would probably be just fine if you gave it a little box/nest in the warm corner of your screened porch.

James and Elizabeth said...

I agree with Wendy! I'm not much of a cat person... at all.

KimKlip71 said...

I would say call around and find a no kill shelter that could take the kitty...or see if you can give it to Uncle Clayt the next time he comes to visit. :) I am not sure about Arkansas law, but I know in the state of IL if you feed the cat, you are responsible for it's care including vaccinations and everything.

Ambrosia said...

I have five outside cats, none of which I planned on having, and one inside cat..I go through a $10 bag of catfood a month for the outside cats....One solo cup of food a day. I built a small shelter with a bale of straw in it for the outside cats to live in. I am currently unemployed and have managed to work them into my budget. One great thing about having them outside is that I no longer have a rodent problem. When I first moved into my house I had tons of moles, mice and other creatures...