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Greetings Internet.Sniffs3

Frugal Hound here. Welcome to today’s edition of the definitive personal finance pet interview series, where I, Frugal Hound, interview famous internet pets. I am a serious journalist, which I demonstrated today with my incredible poise and restraint over sniffing not one, not two, not three, but FOUR CATS!!! I nearly could not handle my houndy self.

Please join me in exuberantly sniffing the cat Brady Bunch of Financial Diffraction!

1) Who are you? What are you? And who are your parent(s)?

Well, there’s a lot of us, so I think I (A) will do the talking for us. We are a bit of a crazy cat family. Our humans were both cat people, so C (he’s grey) and I (I’m a tabby) lived with the female human after she adopted us from a chaotic house with little humans who sneezed every time we came around. The male human has this feisty Maine Coon that I don’t really get along with so well, and a weird white cat (I think he’s a cat?) that sleeps even more than me.

The female human writes posts over at Financial Diffraction. She spends a lot of time on that site, and ignores me. But don’t worry, every time I see her on the computer I go over and head butt the screen so she can’t ignore me! Also, the pictures are mostly of me, and maybe a few of C, because we’re best buds, and always together. The other ones? I am too cool for them! (Note from the humans: apparently A is the cat equivalent of a mean girl).


2) What frugal tips and tricks does your human use in your pet care regime?

I like getting brushed! I jump on their laps every day and stick my butt in their face until they reach for the brush. Every once and awhile they decide to hold me funny and play with my toes… and after that my claws don’t click-clack as much as they did before.

3) Favorite treat?

Lettuce. Totally lettuce. It’s so crunchy, and full of water. After that, it has to be fur. Any time a brush is laying around, I munch all the hair out of it. It’s just so tasty. My Mom says I have PICA, whatever that means. My other cat siblings are a little more mundane and like tuna, and chicken. They don’t know what they’re missing!


4) Favorite toy?

I like string… but sometimes I decide to eat it. Thankfully my Mom finds out before I swallow it all, because there was this one time… well, I think that goes for the most embarrassing story question, actually. Moving on. C really like tin foil balls, and will play fetch.

5) What’s the most expensive thing you’ve destroyed?

Well, there was that time I was crawling on the glass coffee table and I fell through it. Thankfully the glass didn’t break, but the table was so warped, it was thrown out. I might be a little on the hefty side. There’s also the nice red chair that we’ve “catified” upstairs. We take turns laying on the back of it, and then moving to the seat, and one lays on the floor. Even after the humans clean it, it still doesn’t look that clean.


6) Most embarrassing moment?

I think I already alluded to mine up above. But C has one he’d like to mention. There was that one time he laid in a chocolate bar and was covered in chocolate. Except when the humans got home they didn’t realize it was chocolate right away. He got a bath for that one because apparently chocolate is bad for kitties too.

7) How often do you get a bath and would you say it’s too often?

C gives me baths daily. We’re pretty friendly. C has had one bath when he laid in chocolate. The old cat gets them at least weekly. I don’t know how he stands it. But then he smells like cookies afterwards.


8) What is your family’s financial plan or goals and how do you contribute?

They keep on talking about “becoming debt free” whatever that means. Then they said they want to retire early. I think that means they just want to stay home all day and hang out with us. I guess I’m okay with that, cause I miss using the female as my bed all day. If she moves, I grumble at her, and then she stops.

9) What is your best skill?

I’m REALLY good at running from one end of the house to the other at hyper speed, and then jumping up onto the window sill. It makes one hell of a racket. I’m also really good at getting humped. Um, C REALLY likes me. Even though he’s a eunuch like me. I don’t know what it’s all about. Oh, and I deep-smell toes as often as I can.

10) What’s your favourite place to hang out?

Uh, the washing machine… obviously!

(Comment from the humans: he is not in any danger. We’d never turn on the machine with him in there!)


The End.

I, for one, would very much like to come over to your house. I could chase you four around–very friendly-like of course.

Mrs. Frugalwoods here: Many thanks to Alicia from Financial Diffraction for allowing her incredible cat family to submit this excellent interview. Financial Diffraction is a delightful blend of financial wisdom, frugal tips, and fabulous insights into the life of scientist Dr. Alicia, PhD. I highly recommend you head on over there now!

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: mrsfrugalwoods@gmail.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.


Frugal Hound

P.S. Join us on Twitter at #frugalpets, where our parents post ludicrously embarrassing photos for all the world to see.

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  1. Oh Frugal Hound had such restraint with my cats – I cannot imagine the control it would take her to not get so riled up with that many cats. 🙂 Thanks for giving me this opportunity. I hadn’t read this since I sent it to you – I’m kind of ridiculous, LOL.

    1. I had to hold Frugal Hound back! I seriously have no idea what she would do in a house of 4 felines. One of our friends who watches her for us has a cat, which Frugal Hound doesn’t seem to notice, so maybe she’d be fine. On the other hand, she is a hound :). Thank you so much for such an awesome interview!!

    1. Yep! We figured that one out because I was manufacturing a bunch of veggies and had a bag for compost on the ground – he grabbed the lettuce and ran away with it. Now we just give him a piece here and there because it’s so entertaining to see him chomping away at it 🙂

  2. Alicia – I have NO idea how you manage four cats, but they are adorable! I especially love the one that bathes the other. We had a period of time where we had two cats, and they hung out together but never bathed each other. Spumoni, though, loves to bathe Will’s hair which I find amusing.

    1. Well, it’s a little crazy at times. Sometimes I feel like I’m living in a pride of lions or something because they outnumber us. Our max is actually 3 (but I’m more comfortable with 2), but… life happened and we weren’t going to get rid of them 🙂

      Charlie (the grey one) bathes my fiance on a regular basis. He likes grooming his beard, which is totally weird, I know, but D says it’s because he’s showing him who is alpha. I dunno, the cats kind of run the show 🙂

  3. I wish you could talk to my cat pepe about being brushed and baths. Forget the bath thing, I’d just take letting me brush him at this point. He hates it. I won’t tell you peep’s embarrassing string story either…he’s sworn me to secrecy. 🙂

  4. Holy cow, four cats is quite a few! My parents are fostering my sister’s two cats for the next year and it’s always crazy to stop over and see her cats PLUS my parent’s two cats. Must be a lot of work to take care of them all but I’m glad they have a good home.

    1. I know – we’re crazy. We fully acknowledge it. It’s a pretty specific situation in that 2+2=4. It was just because we both were cat people when we moved in together, and aren’t the kind to give up animals.

      They’re pretty low maintenance honestly, except for our handicapped senior cat (the white one).

  5. It cracks me up how cats love the washer and dryer. Years ago, my Aunt’s cat jumped in the dryer with a load of towels. He lost an ear when they turned it on. We were so sad. I’m off to check out Financial Diffraction!

  6. I so miss having cats around! They can drive you nuts but hearing them purr is like sweet music to my ears. I’ll adopt your Maine Coon one as my own since I know exactly what divas they can be 🙂

    1. as a former Maine Coon owner, I believe you’re one of the few people who could handle her personality. It’s like a switch that flips pretty quickly. Rubbing your legs, and then she will jump up and try to bite your elbow. Bizarre!

    1. I love border collies – that was the first kind of dog I ever really wanted…. Because of lassie 🙂

      He is a special cat, I will give him that.

  7. Haha, I love the picture where he’s in the washing machine. Cats are too funny. They enjoy the weirdest spots! Our youngest is also very adept at running around from one end of the apartment to the other, bouncing around on everything and then ending up on the windowsill. Our two cats also clean each other, but that’s usually a precursor to a fight.

    1. Oh the energy they can exert if they decide to go on a rip is absolute insane. That’s how my laptop got broken – during one of his runs back and forth. Our cats clean each other. Sometimes it ends in a fight, sometimes it ends in dominance humping. It’s awkward. LOL

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