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Frugal Hound here. Today in my bi-weekly Frugal Hound Sniffs column, I am beyond pleased to be sniffing a cat. In my opinion, a cat is an animal that should be sniffed in person and I’ve registered this request with my humans. It seems unjust that I’ve only electronically sniffed this cat.
Today’s cat is none other than Kitty PoP from the venerable Planting Our Pennies!
1. Who Are You? What Are You? And Who Are Your Parent(s)?
My name is Kitty PoP, and I am a short-haired, polydactyl (I have 2 extra toes on each of my front paws) tabby. I’m not sure who my parents are as I was found abandoned in a drainage ditch when I was just a tiny kitten and don’t remember much about those days. But I’ve been living with a couple of nice much larger cats named Mr & Mrs PoP for awhile now and they’re pretty cool.
2. What frugal tips and tricks does your human use in your pet care regime?
Oh jeez they buy in bulk for me. Kitty Litter packages weigh about 4x what I do and Mrs PoP likes to buy them at least two at a time for discounts! She’s not quite as crazy when it comes to buying my kitty kibble, but that still comes in packages that are almost 2x my body weight. But I can’t complain too much. Whenever we get a new package of kitty kibble, it’s so much fun to climb in the paper bag after the kibble has been emptied into its airtight bin. That bag is heavenly; it smells just like kibble and makes the best crinkling sounds!
3. Favorite Treat?
My favorite treats are whatever reptiles or bugs I manage to find outside on our lanai. Not only are they a ton of fun to chase around and kill, but they’re sometimes pretty crunchy going down and it’s fun to watch the lizard tails keep squirming around after I pull them off the rest of the critter. It’s a snack AND entertainment!
4. Favorite Toy?
Oooh, probably Dollar Monkey. Though Highlighter Monkey (Dollar Monkey’s bright orange second cousin from the dollar store) is pretty awesome too. And I still have a soft spot for the first toy the PoPs got for me, Monkey. I really do have a thing for stuffed primates.
5. What’s the most expensive thing you’ve destroyed?
I put a few good bite marks in the couch, but Mr and Mrs PoP keep using it so I’m not sure it qualifies as “destroyed”. Beyond that, I’ve chewed through some Apple headphones (Mmmmm – I like it when they’re salty with sweat!) and also chewed through some patio screening when there was a tasty looking bug on the other side. My teeth are pretty sharp and I know how to use them.
6. Most embarrassing moment?
*sigh* I hate to admit it, but falling in the pool. It was SOOOO embarrasing (not to mention slippery!) to run through the house soaking wet looking for Mr and Mrs PoP for some comfort after pulling myself out of the pool. I should really be above needing that kind of comfort, but it was just so wet and miserable I couldn’t help it.
7. How often do you get a bath and would you say it’s too often?
I don’t get baths, I self groom – and very often. I’m a very clean cat. But I do try and give all my monkeys baths as often as I can. Whenever Mr or Mrs PoP leave the toilet seat up (though the water dish will do in a pinch!) I try and grab one of my monkeys (the smaller ones are the easiest since Dollar Monkey gets a little heavy when he’s water logged) and give him a good few dunks.
8. What is your family’s financial plan or goals and how do you contribute?
Mr and Mrs PoP aren’t really the biggest fans of the 9-5 corporate grind, so they are trying to plant their pennies and invest so they can escape sometime in their thirties. I’ve tried to help with some of their DIY projects, but that hasn’t ended all that well. Now I’m trying to develop my skillz so I can become an internet superstar and earn some cash that way. I’ve been working on my tricks and I can high 5 and pick up kibble in my giant mitten paws and bring it to my mouth to eat it (Mr PoP says it’s “creepily human” whatever that means), but Mrs PoP is really going to have to work on her videography skillz if I have any chance at this plan working out. It’s just impossible to be the talent and run the camera!
9. What is your best skill?
Mama PoP says I’m pretty good at modeling and has suggested I become a cat model. Maybe if the youtube superstar thing doesn’t work out I’ll look into it. What do you think of some of my portfolio so far?
Kitty PoP, you are quite dashing in your little tie and lion’s mane. I too am a model for a blog as well as a failed video star. My parents do not understand how to film me either. And so, in order to advance my modeling career, I recently created this photo diary entirely of moi.
Mrs. Frugalwoods here: I want to thank Mrs. PoP for submitting Kitty PoP’s adorably informative interview! Planting Our Pennies is a fantastic blog all about money, happiness, and kittens. What could be better? Head on over and check out Mr and Mrs PoP’s writing if you haven’t already!
Are you a pet?
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: email@example.com (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.
P.S. Join us on Twitter at #frugalpets, where our parents post ludicrously embarrassing photos for all the world to see.