Would you sell your pet?

How much is your pet really worth?

Well for me, it depends on the day. When my cat Chuy bought a feral rabbit into our bed last Sunday morning, I was ready to put him on Gumtree for free. But he is such a part of our family, albeit a irrational, unpredictable, snuggly and bitey within the frame of 6 seconds type of member. No wonder we all get along.

For some reason he has worked out who is at the bottom of the chain, and will attack only Jack. Strange though, as he only sleeps in Jack’s bed. He sees Mr Woog as the master of the food can, and screeches at him at 6am and again at 5.30pm, on the dot. SCREECHES. It can sometimes drive him to tears, depending on what what of day he has had.

Baby Chuy

Baby Chuy

But Chuy was free. His Mum was a stable cat, who turned out to be a little bit whorish, and found herself in the family way after a visit from a mysterious moggy, who disappeared into the night, never to be seen again. Faced with the prospect of raising this litter alone, she stood up to the challenge with aplomb. Then when it was time, her son came to live with us. We called him Chuy, after Chelsea Handler’s assistant, and the next pet we get is going to be called Lewis.

So collectively we can be known as Chuy, Lewis and the Woogs.

But I am not here to give you a history lesson about my cat, although it appears that I already have… I am here to discuss a Melbourne Family who threw their cat in as part of a closing deal when it came to the sale of their home. Apparently the buyers kid took a shine to the family’s cat called Tiffany. And after a bit of back and forth, it was agreed that the sale price of 2.2 million dollars would also include the registration papers of Tiffany. It is a bit of a moral dilemma. Tiffany was actually their son’s cat, who is not so happy with the whole shebang.

That kid yields too much power if you ask me…

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But made me think. What is Chuy actually worth? I shot an email over to Mr Woog, who said he would agree to sell Chuy for $8. The price of a longneck.

I was appalled.

I would not sell Chuy for all the money in the world. Harry would pitch a complete bitch fit if it was even suggested. But Jack says we could replace him with a white persian called Princess Barbie Fairytopia.

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Princess Barbie Fairytopia… is that you?

Did this family do the right thing?

What is your pet worth to you?