We often complain (or gripe to ourselves) that our cats cost us money. But let’s flip this mindset on its side. Cats can save us money. Curious? Yes it’s true — my cats actually save me money. Here’s how:
Living in a cold climate, heat is very important in the winter. We have three sources of heat in the house (off-peak electric, propane, and wood heat). Electric and propane are certainly easier (just flick on a switch!) but wood heat is the cheapest. And the cats love it! There’s nothing like napping in front of a wood stove for a cat — it seems to be the best thing in the world. They even fight over the rug in front of the fireplace. It makes me happy to see them so happy, so I do the work and make a wood fire! (It also seems to heat the house better, as well…even though there’s plenty of work in getting the wood to the point where you can burn it.)
Fortunately, or not, I live in a place where there aren’t a lot of great close places to eat out. And this is a good thing! It means I appreciate it when I travel to cities and can really have fun eating out. But when I do have the urge to travel to a place nearby (just because I’m too lazy to cook — which is true), my cats remind me of the virtues of staying at home. They drag their toys out and look at me adoringly…or the new kitten Norton threatens to get stuck in a drawer while I’m gone (his new kitten trick). How can I possibly leave the house? Seriously, I do leave the house, but usually not to eat out — only to do business, or see friends (with cats), or get household supplies — including cat food.
Again, there are not a lot of concert venues near me…but who needs them? We have Kieran the piano playing cat, a bunch of cats that love it when we make music, and the kitten, who turns out to have an ear for music as well. So, we make our own tunes…and I usually go to sleep with a light heart after making music. The cats made it all possible!
As I said in an earlier article, I’ve been working a lot in the house, because I’d been gone so much in the past few months that I feel guilty not spending the day with the cats. This saves me electricity! I don’t have to run electricity in the separate office, and I get the benefit of cats hovering close to the computer, reminding me to get to work…or sitting on my hands so that it’s impossible to work.
Again…not that there are any comedy clubs within a four-hour driving distance. However, who needs a comedy club when you have cats to entertain you? They are a living, breathing, ongoing comedy act — and they always remind me to laugh! A game of “chase the red dot” puts me in an instant good mood. Now I understand why people congregate to watch their grandkids and laugh. The cats give me that pleasure.
One Catster author claimed that her cats helped her lose weight. I believe it! I am constantly running after the cats. Five litter boxes get cleaned immediately in the morning — and these boxes are not in easy-to-get places. The cats want to play throughout the day. That keeps me running. And their litter, which I buy in 50-pound bags, makes me strong. When I do yoga, they come running and won’t let me get off the mat (or won’t get off the mat). Thank you, cats! I’m sure I will have a healthier long life, thanks to you.
Now, how do your cats help you save money? Share your stories!
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About Catherine Holm: Told that she is funny but doesn’t know it, accused of being an unintentional con artist by her husband, quiet, with frequent unannounced bursts into dancing liveliness, Cat Holm loves writing about, working for, and living with cats. She is the author of the cat-themed memoir Driving with Cats: Ours for a Short Time, the creator of Ann Catanzaro cat fantasy story gift books, and the author of a short story collection about people and place. She loves to dance, be outside whenever possible, read, play with cats, make music, do and teach yoga, and write. Cat lives in the woods, which she loves as much as really dark chocolate, and gets regular inspiration shots along with her double espresso shots from the city.