(Search for nytimes dog costs)
(Thousands per annum)
The Huffingtonpost.com naturally copied this ---that is what they do, with slightly more hysterical titles--
Here's the facts. Get a cat.
- Riverside cat $5 during sale incl chip, neuter
- Gas to Riverside and back $20
- Cat kibble $5/mo
- Cat litter --N/A, cat goes outside
Attentional demands compared to babies, SOs, and dogs: nil.
Ability to leave alone for a weekend: yep.
Living sculpture: yep.
Prevent Asthma: yep
Pick up chicks: maybe
Walks with your leashed dog on dogwalks: this one does. Famous in the neighborhood. It really bugs the crows. And Irvine / Amazonian parrots when they're around.
Chatters in this weird innate way when they see birds they can't get: yep, WTF?
Cat has harvested bats, rats, mice, lizards, birds, baby rabbits. (The latter and some other instances let go when I intervened.) Common law allows cats to roam freely as a common good, ridding the neighborhood of vermin.
Our prev cat of 3 years was eaten by coyotes. Before that I had a cat for 18 years who enjoyed euthanasia rather than painful death. Before that, another who died of ingested bones.
If a friend dies mountainclimbing, do you blame the mountain?
I am always very happy to see current huntress in AM. Two days ago she smelled intensely of wild sage. WTF?