So, after I did my accounting of what I spent last year I suffered a bit of sticker shock looking at the numbers for what I spent on cat food. Seriously, it came out to nearly $1000 per cat!
Then, I thought about my kitty food shelf...
and kitty food pantry...
Yup, my prepper kitties are ready for the zombie apocalypse!
Yanno... I think I may have found the point where my all of my neuroses meet.
I've always had a bit of an irrational fear of running out of food. I'm not exactly sure where this comes from - perhaps from my early days as a (literally) starving musician. Or maybe it's from the year I spent in Norway as an exchange student when I ran out of spending money and had to give up eating lunch. Or perhaps it was the year in college when I cashed in my meal plan so I could afford guitar lessons.
Whatever the source, I do seem to have "issues" in this department.
Couple that with sick & picky kitties who frequently change their minds about what tastes good, a hatred for driving around town to specialty pet food stores, and my need to try to control the uncontrollable by being prepared for any and all eventualities, and you have a recipe for... well, a recipe for a LOT of cat food!
In my defense though, some of these specialty foods are not available locally, so my only option was to buy them online by the case. It's weak defense though, since some of those cases were purchased because she liked the first few cans and only decided it was blick after mommy brought home a case of it. And some of them because I just couldn't bear the idea of driving across town to the one store that carried it, and ordering a case online seemed like the less stressful option.
Anyhoo... lest you think that my fe-lions are dining on porter house steak or beluga caviar, I figured I ought to point out where some of that money has gone.
On the plus side, we seem to have hit upon a feeding formula that works for Princess. There's actually one brand of prescription cat food that she will eat (Purina NF Kidney Function) - well, she'll eat it with a treat "chaser." This means that I embed a few treats in the food and she chases them around the bowl trying to pick them up, and in the process downs and entire bowl of prescription food. She rarely gets the treat, but this doesn't seem to bother her. Did I mention that, sweet as she may be, Princess is not exactly the "brightest bulb" in the pack! Hey, whatever works, right?
I'd like to think that we'll use up all of this food eventually, but the truth is that Smoky is the pickiest cat on the planet, and does have some dietary restrictions, and there's a limit to how much Jasper can eat! Plus, some of this stuff is not the quality that I generally like to feed, and some of it none of them will go near.
I'm sure the Princess formula will not hold indefinitely, and it's nice to have a variety of tempting options if I need to engage in kitty bribery, so I'll be holding onto much of it for the time being. But eventually much of it will get donated, either to the food bank, the animal shelter, or to some friends who feed colonies of ferals & strays. I suppose that's OK though. If my neuroses can help a hungry kitty get fed, it's not all bad!
Anyhow, that's my story, and I'm stickin' to it!
So, do y'all think I'm totally nuts, or have you ever ended up with a ridiculous amount something... Please tell me I'm not the only person who does this!