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Elegant Survival Pet Plan, Perfect for the Times

“Curious Cat” by M-J de Mesterton, Copyright 2009

Dogs are often kept for warding off criminals, but a canine pet might eat you out of house and home. They are high-maintenance. A cat is independent, quiet, and capable of living on a twenty-pound bag of Cat Chow for four-to-six months. I wrote about cats on Elegant Survival last year.

My “pet” survival plan…

Cat Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2002
“Calm Cat” Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2002

…is this: a realistic-sounding electronic barking dog from the following Home Protection source, and an economically-sound cat to repel vermin from the abode, where one has surely stocked-up on comestibles for the bleak future.

Cat Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton, 2008
“Cool Cat” Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton, 2008
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Cats, the Elegant Survival Pets

Photo Copyright M-J de M.

A twenty-pound bag of Purina Cat food costs around $15.00 at Sam’s Club, and will feed one cat for six months or more.

Cat litter may be bought in bulk, packaged in reusable plastic storage-buckets.

Cats naturally repel mice from your home. They are cleanliness-loving creatures who like to clean up after themselves, and resist things that are dirty, unlike dogs.

Cats can be left alone in your dwelling for days at a time, provided with dry food and water dispensers (they emit the food or water gradually from a plastic storage bin), and a couple of cat-boxes. Technological geniuses have developed litter-boxes that are self-cleaning.

Cats will sleep most of the time while you aren’t home, and will amuse themselves for a few minutes a day to get their exercise.

Cats: Elegant Survivors