By Amy Loeffler
Lolcats aren't the first cat-based humor craze. (Never heard of the online phenomenon? Go here.) In the late '70s Steve Martin got big laughs recounting tales of his embezzling kitty-cat. In the act he recast these slinky, aloof creatures as scheming, material girls sick for cat toys. According to the comedy routine, Martin's cat-gone-wild racks up thousands of dollars worth of nonreturnable cat booty while posing as a feline version of Martin himself: "So now I'm stuck with $3,000 worth of cat toys," Martin laments in his monologue.
Cats may dream of being conspicuous consumers and indulging in kitty amusements like chasing dancing laser pointer dots, catching tickly feathers on a string, and inhaling herbaceous, heady catnip, but in tough economic times these extras may temporarily get stricken from the budget, embezzlement or not!
Luxuries large or small may take a back seat to basics like healthcare right now, but when it comes to keeping your cat healthy and purring like a champion, there are still ways to trim the fat. Specifically, you may be wondering what the best ways are to stretch your pet's healthcare dollars at the vet. RedPlum has a few suggestions for spreading around the wealth in lean times. Here are the items you may be able to cut out:
Amy Lewis, D.V.M. at Falls Village Animal Hospital knows that prioritizing family monies can be difficult when finances fall short of actual expenses. "My best recommendation is for any owner that is having financial constraints to have a frank and honest conversation with their veterinarian in discussing options and priorities of treatment for their pet. Only within the individual patient-client-doctor relationship can the best decisions be made for the pet."
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