30 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 2 bags
I got my cat from Cat Haven in October of 2016. He is about six years old. He has certain health issues that render him an indoor cat, thus making him a perfect apartment cat. He seems to have almost no interest in leaving the apartment, which makes me feel even less guilty about keeping him indoors. Cat Jeffries is a real gentleman considering he was once a stray. He is gentle, considerate, and a pleasure to spend time with. I have absolutely no regrets about getting a pet.
I did have to buy a lot of stuff to make him comfortable in my home, though. This was difficult as I have been in the process of decluttering, and I did not want to get more stuff. I’m sure that some minimalists might avoid pets all together for this reason.
In addition to some initial purchases to set Cat up, there are recurring purchases and expenses, such as cat food, kitty litter, flea/worm treatment and vet visits. The sudden influx of new things and regular purchases spurred me to get rid of more of my own unused stuff and minimise the variety of items I purchase at the supermarket on a weekly basis.
These are all the things I have purchased or regularly purchase for Cat Jeffries.
- Two types of food – dry and wet
- Food bowls
- Paper towel (because he eats like the Cookie Monster)
- Kittie litter tray
- Kittie litter
- Litter scoop
- Towel (to place on top of the chair he likes to sleep on)
- Scratching post
- Harness and leash
- Flea/worm treatment
- Bow-tie (because he is a gentleman)
- Robot vacuum cleaner
What I thought my cat needed VS what he actually needed
I have not invested in a cat cave for a couple of reasons. I was initially going to purchase one, but Cat’s size was a bit of an issue. He is quite large and most commercial sleeping quarters would not accommodate his ample size. I’m glad I didn’t, because I now realise he doesn’t seem to be interested in dark nooks like other cats. He mostly likes to sleep on surfaces, especially ones in direct sunlight. He can open the sliding door to my wardrobe and rarely chooses to do this, and if he does, he’s out in a few minutes.
At least he doesn’t need a lot of sleeping stuff
I like my apartment spotless, so because of the excess fur in my life, I decided to get a robot vacuum cleaner. This was a hard decision to make because I already have a vacuum cleaner. For months I tossed this purchase up, but in the end I chose to prioritise my free time. I can relax, or work, or whatever as the robot vacuum takes care of the weekly cleaning. Unfortunately the robot vacuum is not as effective as a traditional one, so I cannot get rid of it, and need to give my place a real vacuum once a month.
I both love and hate you, robot vacuum
I decluttered my pantry to make a shelf for Cat. This way I was able to fit my food on two shelves and leave one free for the cat food, flea treatment, brush, toys, food, harness, leash and bow tie, and place the travel carrier on another.
I decluttered a cabinet in the bathroom to make room for kitty litter. I experimented with a bunch of litter types, and ended up settling on a biodegradable paper type because it can go in the toilet and seems the most environmentally friendly option.
Here is a video to show you all this in more detail.