If it were up to me, I’d have more pets than we currently have. I’d at least have a dachshund but having pets is so expensive. It’s anywhere from $100 to $150 per month for Rita’s visits to the vet to have her eye pressure checked.
We don’t travel much and most of the time, it’s just me going to Missouri and Vince staying home but this last trip, we were gone 7 nights. The hotels we stay in charge an extra $25 per night for Rita. I’m not complaining because I’m happy there are good, clean hotels that allow small dogs.
We boarded Boots, which was $15 per night so that’s an another $105. It was time for Boots to have his annual physical and whatever they do to cats once a year so the total vet bill, including another Bravecto for fleas for three months, was $314.50. Granted, over $200 of that bill would have happened whether we had been gone or not, but that’s almost $500 on two critters. That definitely made our trip seem a bit expensive!
Vince went by the vet to get Boots and he was talking to the vet about Cat. The vet said we really need to catch Cat and get him in for a rabies vaccine because there have been several cases of feral cats with rabies in our area. We keep a trap set around here and we have caught other feral cats (we let them go!) but Cat has never been caught . . in about 5 years, so I don’t think the chances of catching her in a trap are good. She is totally ignoring us . . making sure we see her but acting like she doesn’t see us. She does that four or five days after we get home from a trip. Once she decides to let us pet her again, we need to work towards getting her in a crate so we can get her to the vet for shots. We’ve talked about trying to put a sedative in her food but I’m afraid she’ll wander out in the woods before it knocks her out and we won’t be able to find her and something will eat her while she’s out.
We had a friend come out, gather eggs, take care of the chickens and feed Cat while we were gone. He also had the privilege of killing a snake that was inside the chicken coop eating eggs! Let’s hope that was the first and last one for this summer but my guess is . . no . . there will be more.