Frugal Hound Sniffs: Financially Blonde
Frugal Hound here. Extremely overjoyed this week to be sniffing a cat in my periodic hound-series: Frugal Hound Sniffs. Cats are very
tasty cute creatures and I am thrilled to introduce you, my dear readers, to Spumoni, the cat who lives with Shannon from Financially Blonde.
1) Who are you? What are you? And who are your parent(s)?
My name is Spumoni. I am a flame-point Himalayan cat. My parents are Bill and Shannon, though my real companion is their 8-year-old very energetic son, Will.
2) What frugal tips and tricks does your human use in your pet care regime?
I am debating whether it is frugality or laziness, but they use an automatic feeder to regulate my food amounts. They claim that the regulated amounts of food it delivers not only keep the food bills low, but keep me from getting fat and having other health issues down the road. Bill also brushes me, gets out my knots, and clips my nails himself. Since I have a lot of hair that gets knots, some people would pay $80 per visit to have me groomed, my parents just purchased a $40 furminator which does the trick. I tolerate this because I do like to look my best.
3) Favorite treat?
I don’t know what they give me, but I love it. I have got them trained so that when I go to the drawer where they keep my treats, I meow and stand on two legs. Works every time!!
I found a bunch of Will’s super balls. These things are fun and make lots of noise as I roll them around the house. I like to annoy Bill by rolling them under things and then meowing until he retrieves them for me.
5) What’s the most expensive thing you’ve destroyed?
I really like my scratching post, so I don’t feel the urge to go after the furniture. However, Will has a rug in his room that I love to pick at. I have frayed parts of it pretty well, if I do say so myself.
6) Most embarrassing moment?
We have hardwood floors, not the easiest thing to get traction on. One day, after I got my nails cut, I was racing through the house (you know, it was crazy time, and I was enjoying it to the fullest). Anyway, I raced into the kitchen, was going to make the turn for the den, lost my grip and slid full on into the trash can. I casually walked off as if nothing happened, but also decided to make the same run again, which unfortunately resulted in a second trip into the trash can. Bill witnessed this twice and will not let me forget it.
I stay pretty clean, but there have been a few incidents that have resulted in a bath. Usually it happens when I get poop stuck in my butt. What can I say? I have long hair and I would rather have a bath then have Bill and Shannon shave my butt area. Also, don’t tell all my other cat friends, but I love water. When I was a kitten, my parents tried to use a water bottle to prevent me from doing things (which is how you are supposed to train cats), but I just stood there when they sprayed me. So I don’t really mind the occasional bath. Like I said before, I like to look good.
8) What is your family’s financial plan or goals and how do you contribute?
My family often discusses their goals in terms of something they call “financial freedom.” This apparently has a lot to do with making sure Will can go to college, that they can live comfortably, but not excessively, and that they can travel, particularly when Will starts learning more about places in the US and the world in school. As for my part, I try to stay in shape to be healthy, after all, health care costs can really derail things. I accept the fact that Bill grooms me and I don’t need to go to a paid professional. I also accept the feeder, water tank, and litter box setup without any complaints, as they are more economic in the long run. In addition, they can all go away for several days and not have to spend money boarding me or hiring someone to come in and feed me. That turns out to be a big savings.
I am an excellent trainer of humans. I have got this group all set to my standards. When I want to be scratched, get fresh water, treats, etc., a few quick moves or meows, and I get what I need. If I feel everyone is sleeping too late on a Saturday, I hop up on top of them and meow until someone gives me attention. Then when I want to nap, I find a nice spot and crash (my favorite being whatever papers or computer will be needed the soonest).
10) BONUS QUESTION–ask and answer any question of your choice! If you could be any other animal, what would you be?
Why would I choose to be any other animal? I am already at the top as I am. Any other animal would just be beneath me.
Well, Spumoni, I think the obvious correct answer to #10 is GREYHOUND. I’ll let this slide since I am a professional journalist who never allows personal bias to impact my articles. You are clearly a very lovely and fluffy cat who brings great joy to your humans.
Mrs. Frugalwoods here: I want to thank Shannon for submitting this fabulous interview! I’m a big fan of her blog, Financially Blonde, and I highly encourage you to check out her writing. You won’t be disappointed!
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Do you have something to share with the internet? If so, answer my Frugal Hound Sniffs: Exclusive Interview Questions and have your parents email them to my mommy: firstname.lastname@example.org (I can’t believe they won’t give me my own email account) and you’ll be featured in an upcoming issue! While I know we are more than just our images, please do send photos too.
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