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Money Updates and Cat Question

May 5th, 2015 at 01:40 am

I just completed a Pinecone survey. This should bring me to 1500 points to redeem for $15 tomorrow. A May snowflake!

Our water bill arrived and it was under budget by $20.52. I do count that as a snowflake, too. I will apply this to my Citi credit card balace.

Wrote a $348 check for a plumbing and drywall repair on our home. It's a long story, but that was money well spent! I get to paint the drywall tomorrow. Luckily I believe I have enough paint, so no additional costs.

My daughter sold a piece of art that she did in less than an hour. Her profit is $20. She sold it to a friend of mine. She has a real hard time placing value on her art and charging people for it. However, I'm happy she sold something. She puts things up on her art Facebook page just to share. My friend asked if she could purchase, so it was a bit unexpected.

And for those with cats: I'm looking for a collapsible carrier to take with us on our trip east. We have hard carriers but those are really going to take up a lot of space in our already cramped van. Does anyone think

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these would actually work? My cats do really dislike their carriers. It is so tempting.

8 Responses to “Money Updates and Cat Question”

  1. AnotherReader Says:

    That is nowhere near secure enough. Plus the cats are going to need water and a small litter box. I have transported cats from Arizona to California in 115 degree heat. Someone will need to stay in the van with the A/C on at every rest stop, even with your lower summer temperatures. They need to go in the motel with you as well, and the carriers will help prevent accidents.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Oh we won't be leaving them in the vehicle alone and yes, they will be in the motel with us. The idea I posted was just for comfort in the vehicle. We will only be traveling about six hours a day. Water and litter provided at stops, however, I had them hanging with me in our van for five hours a week ago (not moving) and they didn't drink, eat or use the litter once in that time. Too stressed it seemed.

  3. AnotherReader Says:

    I had one that made it to the halfway point and then the stress overcame him. Vomiting and diarrhea in his carrier for 15 minutes. Pulled over as soon as I could to make sure he had stopped, had calmed down and he was not overheated. Cleaned him and the carrier up as much as I could in the next McDonalds parking lot - lots of paper towels and water. Fortunately I had tarped the back of the SUV and nothing escaped the carrier. The temperature in back was ok, with the sun above, not shining in the windows and he was not hot so it was not heat related. White cloth or towels offer some protection, but direct sun can be a problem.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    Oh no that must have been an awful experience for you both! Good tip to keep them out of the sun...and a tarp might be handy. Oh boy...this is going to be interesting. The longest either one has traveled is two and half hours, so this trip will be nearly 17 hours in three days.

  5. AnotherReader Says:

    A spritzer bottle is very handy for cleaning them up and cooling them off. A full spray is frightening to them.

  6. snafu Says:

    I suggest talking to your vet. Cats not accustomed to long trips in the car will likely be stressed. I'd opt for a tranquillizer for the cast to keep me calm, one less thing to worry about during a move.

  7. Patti Says:

    We got a soft carrier for small dogs and put it down on the bed so they they think it is like a snugly bed. Ours is blue with a black handle one of the cats can un zip it so we added safety pin at the zipper. But she is really smart and tricky. They have feramone sp? spray that might help. Tranquilizers might be ok always check side effects. We used to travel from the valley to sd and we had 2 cats that liked to ride together in a small puppy crate the kind with calapsable sides . I think maybe go on some short rides that are not to the vet if the car does not stress them or just wait for the big trip if the car stresses them.

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I had a soft carrier for Kari at first ... the great escape artist soon let me know that that was NOT a good idea.

    Seriously though, if you are worried about them being overly anxious for the trip, ask the vet for some calming meds. I got some for Kari, and while they weren't perfect, it did make it so I didn't have to listen to her yowling for two 8 hour legs each way (NM to NE and NE to NM)

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