Friday, December 19, 2014

Groomed Glitter and Where It All Goes

Quick update on Glitter's groomer visit. Remember me telling you that she's impossible to hold and trim fur or nails? Well Greg warned the groomers. And when he went to pick her up, he was prepared to see shredded groomers and a freaked out kitty.

But the groomers told him she was an angel! She gave them no problems at all! Did someone switch cats or something??

Glitter came home happy. She didn't even hide or act irritated. Her nails are not snagging on her cat tree any more. And the sanitary trim! They did such a beautiful job that at first I thought they forgot to do it! But no, they just trimmed so neatly that it looks natural! Oh, and she smells very sweet now!

Of course I smell sweet, I'm a sweet girl! Just ask my new friends, the groomers, they'll tell you how nice I am!


I want to thank everyone who's participated in the Cozy Kitty FUNdraiser. It means a lot! And it does a lot of good. The Winnie's Wish kitties need, and deserve, the help they get through these fundraisers. I know for a fact that Chrystal greatly appreciates every single donation.
When the FUNdraisers are over, I send her a detailed list of every donation and I know it brings tears to her eyes to see the names of every special person who have helped out the cathouse cats.

I wanted you all to know how the donations are being spent, so I asked Chrystal to let me know what things cost her. This woman knows how to squeeze every penny until it screams! She is very frugal with every bit of the money raised. Here is a list of where it goes.

Vaccinations are very important. Every kitten and adult cat gets their vaccinations. Those of you who follow her blog know that one of her daughters is a vet tech. Chrystal saves a lot of money by buying the vaccines in bulk and having her daughter administer them. This cuts the cost of each vaccine down to $7 to $8 per shot. Kittens receive a series of three shots and adults get annual shots. Yes, that does seem like a great price, but when you add up how many cats and kittens are currently in Winnie's Wish the number grows. The cats listed on the Daily Dose sidebar are the adoptable kitties, there are many more who are not considered adoptable but who still need care. As you can see, it's a little over two shots per FUNdraiser bed.

When a Winnie's Wish kitty does have to go to the vet, it's $28 just to walk in the door, that is not including any labs, medicine or treatments. That's about a bed and a half.

All kitties are spayed or neutered as soon as possible. $60 (or three beds) for males and $90 (or four and a half beds) for females. Remember the little family of four females that recently came out of the woods and into the cathouse? $360, or 18 beds.

Hungry kitties eat a lot! Chrystal has a hard time estimating how much she spends on food and says it seems like she's always buying it. But she figures it has to be at least $30 or $35 a week. That's between a bed and a half to two beds a week.

What goes in must come out! Litter costs her about $40 a week, that's two beds per week!

She goes through a ton of paper towels! And then there's trash bags, floor cleaners, spray cleaners, laundry soap, etc. Things that she doesn't have to buy every week, but are a continued expense.

The great thing about the Amazon Wish List is that so many people send her those things directly so she doesn't even have to go shopping for them! This is great for someone who lives way far away from any town. I'm pretty sure she's said before that the closest store is half an hour, but a better one is an hour. Same goes for vets. That's a lot of gas. I've tried to tell Chrystal that gas money can come out of the fundraiser money, but she feels that gas is her responsibility.. I disagree but I can't force her to use it for gas either. She felt this way even when she was driving an hour away several times a day trying to capture Truly, Shiloh and Autumn from the middle of nowhere!

Anyway. Now you might have a better idea of why I push and push these FUNdraisers and ask you to share them. Every dollar helps!

You can still get a Cozy Kitty FUNdraiser bed, mat or crochet bed! Just click the link to go to the Cozy Kitty FUNdraiser page! And please, share about the FUNdraiser anywhere you can! We thank you, and so does Chrystal!

All of the other FUNdraisers I've done for Winnie's Wish are listed on my sidebar, and if you'd prefer toys to beds, you are more than welcome to choose whatever one strikes your fancy! Just make sure you email me and tell me which set or bed you want! anniclan AT aol DOT com

Thank you all!!


The Island Cats said...

Glitter, you look beautiful!

And we know how hard Miss Chrystal works to help all the homeless kitties she cares for. We do our best to support her when we can.

Random Felines said...

silly girl - all that momma drama for nothing. MOL

thank you for spelling out the costs - sometimes we think people don't realize how much goes into rescue

Summer said...

Glitter surprised everyone - and she looks gorgeous! Cat rescue is an expensive endeavor, and Chrystal is lucky to have you and your FUNdraisers!

Photo Cache said...

Of course she behaves at the salon, who doesn't? Tee hee!

Emma and Buster

Katie Isabella said...

Mommy said she will try to emulate Glitter and be good when she goes to the salon on Monday. No more biting the stylist she said and she'll do her best not to scratch her too badly. She can't promise that she won't scratch at all.

Katie Isabella said...

Random Felines is right. We generally know there are costs involved but we have no idea how much. That just walking in the door cost at a vet's office just bakes my biscuits!!! That's money grubbing!

noodlecat said...

Glitter you look gorgeous!

Noodle and crew

Marty the Manx said...

So glad she did well at the groomer! Glitter sure does look happy :) So happy that our donations have made a difference :)

Katnip Lounge said...

Miss Kona is the same way--fights us like the devil for a nail trim but she's an angel for the groomer!

Katnip Lounge said...

Miss Kona is the same way--fights us like the devil for a nail trim but she's an angel for the groomer!

LP said...

Glitter is so beautiful!

We know rescue is expensive because it cost us so much when we had two unwell, senior foster cats under our care for over four years. We covered their food , litter and ninety percent of their vet bills. We can only imagine the stress of all the expenses Chrystal undertakes with all her crew. She is amazing!

the critters in the cottage xo

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Marley, and Laz) said...

Rule 17. Everyone can handle your difficult cat except YOU!

We do that deliberately just to drive you crazy...

Life with Ragdolls said...

Glitter is so pretty!

Clooney said...

We are so happy that everything went well for Glitter and she looks so very pretty! Happy Holidays to you all!

Karen Lucas said...

You are the best friend to Chrystal - sure wish I was rich so I could help with advertising her kitties and building her room.