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February 15th, 2017 at 03:17 am

Hi everybody, just wanting to say a super quick hello. Here's some financial goings-on in the last couple of days:

- yesterday we took our 15yo cat to the vet to get an old-cat profile done. This is various blood tests to see if she can tolerate a stronger dose of pain meds and a check on her organs. The check on her organs found that she has very early stage kidney disease so now the stronger dose has been ruled out. Hopefully with some dietary changes she will have an improved quality and length of life. $652 all up, so we have spent $712 on her this month. I am glad we got the medical done but really am now hoping to rein the spending in.

- on Monday I had to buy a birthday present for SIL so decided to get a gift card. Turns out the supermarket was having a $10 reward if you bought gift cards for certain shops. As this is a good shop, I bought the gift card for there, and received the $10 off a purchase tonight; have now added this to my snowflakes tally (SIL was happy too!)

- tonight I did my fourth weekly shop in a row and completed the required spending - now have $60 rewards waiting to be deducted off our next shop! This will mean that we will easily make month 2 of the Christmas savings challenge Smile.

I now have to go to bed but just thought I would check in and jot a few things down.

5 Responses to “Quick Hello”

  1. scottish girl Says:

    Good going on the shopping!

  2. Dido Says:

    I'm sorry to hear that your kitty has a diagnosis, but at least it's early stages and you can do a lot to prolong her life. If you don't know "Tanya's CKD" site at www.felinecrf.org/, there's a tremendous resource (you can also buy Tanya's Comprehensive Guide to Feline Chronic Kidney Disease on Amazon...it's mostly a compilation of the same information that is available for free on the site in a book format if you prefer that for convenience. I have been putting off getting my kitty tested (I will within the next month) while I deal with some work stress--I've lost my last two kitties to kidney disease and I know the symptoms. The first cat that I lost to the disease, I didn't know what to look for and she didn't show any observable signs of distress until her kidneys were all but gone (so she had to be euthanized upon diagnosis), but the next kitty lasted for 2.5 years even though he had a fairly advanced case by the time he was diagnosed. So by catching it in early stages you have an excellent chance of having your kitty live essentially a normal life span with proper care.

    Unfortunately care can add some bucks, but you'll learn on tanya's site about how to save money if your kitty needs subcutaneous fluids etc.

  3. alice4now Says:

    Nice job on the shopping bonuses! Sorry to hear about your cat, but glad it doesn't sound like things are too serious yet. Good on you for being proactive with her health.

  4. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Thanks guys for your support! (And very happy about the shopping bonuses!)

    Thank you Dido for your detailed comments - our vet said there are some foods especially made for cats (Hills is one of them), no doubt they're expensive I imagine. I will look at that site though, thank you for that. Hoping your kitty doesn't show up anything abnormal on the test!

    Alice she hasn't been herself for a while now, is drinking a lot more water and has developed a litter box aversion.. turns out kidney disease is a reason why they develop it, so hopefully this is the cause of it.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Good job on the discounts!

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