Tuesday, June 07, 2005

THE DAMN CATS COST US A VACATION TO MAUI

We have three cats. We didn't go to a pet store or even the pound to pick them out. We got all three from our neighbor. The first acquisition was Annie. Neighbor Guy was going on a month-long vacation and was going to give Annie away. No, no, we said, we'll take her!!! She has been a nice, fairly mellow cat who occasionally barfs. We have had her for 5+ years.

Then 3+ years ago, a stray had a litter in Neighbor Guy's garage and there were two kittens that he couldn't find homes for - until he read SUCKER written on our foreheads. So Blackie & Pepper also came to live with us. Again, nice cats, except that Pepper wakes Gregg up to be let out at 5 a.m. if she sleeps in.

Unfortunately, the nice cats have turned into money-sucking furballs who like the vet better than us. Blackie had an abscess on his tail that went way, way bad. He's been at the vet for a week following surgery and is getting treatment to hopefully save the tail from amputation. His bill is $700 and counting.

We woke up yesterday to a room full of cat drool. Apparently, Annie has a bad tooth. The vet is going to pull it and clean her teeth, update vaccinations and prescribe meds for a mere $400.

No vacation for Gregg & Beth. The cats cost us Maui. We better get our investment back in love and purring.

Trying to figure out how to write off vet bills on taxes...

2 comments:

Monkey loves Kitten said...

Wow, art mirrors life. Sally Forth and her family are going through the same thing. Freaky.

Michele said...

I so understand your pain. We moved to a new city and became renters for the first time in 8 years. The damn cat cost us $1500 pet deposit! That's more than my wedding dress.