Join Date: May 2005
Location: BRAZOS VALLEY, Texas
My fiance was upset that I got five cats. However, I talk to him every single night right before I go home. I eventually wore him down.
However, it is a lot easier when I talk to my fiance about how children raised with pets have less allergies and less anthma. They also have 10 more IQ points than normal children.
Get an automatic litterbox. It saves $$$ on litter and it prevents you from the risks of toxoplasmosis. It also saves you a tremendous amount of work. Also try to get a water fountain and an automatic feeder so it saves you a lot of work.
Also, now is probably the time to scale things down a little bit. Try buying slightly cheaper food and litter and extending the gap between each vaccination. Tidy Cats Small Places litter is great. I know that it is usually a bad advice, but if your husband sees the effort that you are trying to spend less money on the cats, he might relent and let you keep them. It is better for the cats to suffer for a couple of months rather than your husband taking them to the shelter where they could be euthanized.
Try stockpiling cat food. When my fiance told me I had too many cats, I told him "I already have four months supply of cat food and litter, I might as well keep the cats otherwise the stuff would just spoil and go to waste"
After you stockpile the food and litter, the cost of having cats can be artificially low. So you can show him how much money you spend on cats (It is a little deceptive, but it works). Don't forget to show him the receipts every single time you buy anything that is cat-related after you finish stockpiling food and litter.
Also, make sure you assure your husband that you won't get any more cats after this. Put it down in writing.
This is what worked for me.