Interesting. We bought a seatbelt harness for our dog (she tends to go flying off the seat if you stop short) but she quite easily ninjas herself out of it. And I've heard other dog owners say the same thing. Maybe I just haven't found the right style yet? I wonder if keeping your dog in a car kennel would be an acceptable alternative.
@Leon Tchotchke haha YUP!
The registry! I love registries and usually buy off of them, but not always. When I got married a year ago we registered for a ton of stuff but it was all stuff that we needed/wanted and we didn't return anything. But a few people did do funny things--for example several people bought us wine glasses and said "you didn't register for wine glasses so we thought we'd get you some!" The reason we didn't register for them was that we already had a full set! So now we have extras, which is fine. My mother-in-law also said something to the effect of that registries are only for people who "don't know us or don't know what we might like." Totally untrue as she went off-registry and got us a bunch of stuff we barely use/don't need. I think when in doubt, buy from the registry or give gift cards! Restaurant gift cards are great.
@lobsterhug yeah seriously I have a cat with pica (compulsion to eat stuff she isn't supposed to) and she has eaten so much worse stuff. I'm sure your feline companion will be fine! Good luck!
I totally agree and firmly believe that people should be fully prepared for all the costs of pet ownership. I have to wonder, at what point does it stop making financial sense to cap your vet expenses at 2k? If your vet bill comes in at 3k and you've already invested several thousand it seems a little silly to say sorry, Hooligan, time for you to die! Especially if it's an easily treatable condition and he will continue to live a healthy life for many years. You may spend a lot on surgery or treatment one year and then have hardly any expenses the next. Personally I would be willing to spend much more, but those are my priorities and fortunately I'm married to a person who shares them. I think that's what it really comes down to - priorities. We probably vacation less and eat out less than some of our peers, but I feel its worth it many times over. My pets (two cats and a dog) provide me with so much happiness and joy. And I actually have stopped reading a few financial advice blogs in the past over constant posting about how expensive pets are. And to the person above who said they wanted to adopt a cat from the garbage - this can be done! I have done it! Though it may end up costing more in the long run that way :)