Mamoru Demizu, a kind-hearted if very misguided resident of Izumi, Osaka, Japan, has admitted to stealing more than $186,000 in cash and valuables over the course of a year and using the money to feed 120 cats, only one of whom actually lived in Demizu’s apartment with him.
When I read this story, it got me thinking about how much more I could spoil my cats if I had that kind of money. Here are some of the things I’d buy for Siouxsie, Thomas and Bella.
1. A house
I know, I know: $185,000 can barely buy a tarpaper shack in any part of the U.S. where I’d want to live — but I could put a sizeable down payment on a place of my own and customize it with kitty stairs, shelves, tunnels, and all sorts of other cool things for their pleasure.
2. Personally prepared meals by a feline-only chef
My cats already eat better than I do most of the time, but think how much more luxurious their lives would be if they had a person whose only job was to prepare the perfect species-appropriate diet from fresh, organic, locally grown meat and seafood — with veterinary guidance, of course. It would be a bonus if that chef took pity on me and left me a casserole once in a while, too.
Siouxsie, Thomas and Bella would love to be able to spend some time getting fresh air and direct sunlight when they felt like doing so, and I’d love to provide an opportunity for them to do that — in the backyard of our new house!
4. Super-fab designer cat towers
I’ve spent way too much time drooling over hand-crafted cat towers that are as aesthetically pleasing and well-built as fine art sculptures. I’d love to have one or two (or more) of these in my own home.
5. Primo pet insurance
Pet insurance can literally be a lifesaver if your cat gets seriously injured or ill. Last year when my cat Dahlia developed cancer, I learned how quickly the bills for critical care add up. While I would have done everything I could to save her life if her prognosis had been better, I know realistically that I could not have paid for chemotherapy or surgery. If I’d had insurance on her before she got sick, I would have been able to afford that level of care.
What about you? How would you spoil your cats if you had a couple hundred thousand dollars at your disposal? Share your ideas in the comments.
About JaneA Kelley: Punk-rock cat mom, science nerd, animal shelter volunteer and all-around geek with a passion for bad puns, intelligent conversation, and role-play adventure games. She gratefully and gracefully accepts her status as chief cat slave for her family of feline bloggers, who have been writing their award-winning cat advice blog, Paws and Effect, since 2003.