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The Lonesome, Pet-Free Life

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For almost as long as I’ve been living without a human roommate, I’ve enjoyed the company of my cat, Rupert. I adopted Rupert from my friend who determined his newborn daughter was allergic to cats. He had already owned Rupert for a long time, and I knew I’d be the cat’s new owner for the second half of his life.

Rupert was fifteen or sixteen years old when I brought him to the veterinarian to have him put to sleep this weekend. His quality of life had been worsening over the last year, though trips to the vet didn’t indicate why he was unhappy or having health problems, nor could the vet offer any suggestions to help. His suffering seemed to increase in the past weeks, and I had to make the difficult decision.

For most of my years with Rupert, I commuted to my place of work every weekday, and I knew that he would be waiting for me when I returned home. In recent months, as I’ve been working from home, Rupert kept me company when he wasn’t sleeping during the day. There were times he was a pest, but overall, he was a very sweet cat who was always happy to provide companionship. I may find a new cat sometime in the future, but not until I can settle other aspects of my life.

Here are some articles from around the web that piqued my interest lately.

RupertAre discount grocery stores worth the savings? The overall question is whether it’s always better to buy the least expensive option. Unless you need to budget down to the penny to avoid going into debt in the short-term, a long-term view of paying the best price for the most acceptable level of quality makes more sense.

How to find unlisted jobs and win every salary negotiation. Ramit Sethi offers advice on these issues millions of unemployed people are facing in today’s job market. The tips boil down to effective networking with potential colleagues and going above and beyond what’s required to show that you’re not just another candidate in a large sea of potential employees.

JT McGee offers 12 personality types of passive investors, modeled after Carl Jung’s work on personality types, as well as after David Keirsey’s combination of Jung’s work with theories of temperament dating back to classical Greece. The types suggested by JT aren’t necessarily related to the psychology of the investor, but they do help to categorize the various ways an investor can take a hands-off approach to investing.

Always be the underdog to get ahead. Financial Samurai offers advice: don’t make too big a deal over yourself, and you can take your goals — or, I suppose, your enemies — by surprise.

Suze Orman’s Prepaid Debit Card: A Lesser of the Evil Prepaid Options. In this article for GoBankingRates, I look at the Approved Card, marketed by financial guru Suze Orman, as a product on its own. It’s not the best option for its intended audience, but it certainly isn’t the worst, either. Suze received backlash because as a personal finance expert she should “know better.” Here’s my original evaluation.

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Luke Landes, also known as Flexo, is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about him and follow Luke Landes on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar Money Beagle

Sorry to hear about your cat. Sounds like you were able to give him a nice long happy life.

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avatar One Frugal Girl

I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s so sweet that you were able to enjoy him for the second half of his life :-)

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avatar Monica

I’m so sorry for your loss, it sounds like he was very lucky to have such a wonderful owner like you. You can tell from his picture that he was a cool cat.

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avatar Financial Samurai

Sorry to hear about your cat Flexo ;( One of my biggest fears for buying more pets is the fear they will one day die and I will be so sad.

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avatar Yo YoMama

That was one fine-looking cat! What a great photo. So very sad and sorry for your loss — he will be on the Rainbow bridge with Frodo, Ace, Meiko and all those dear companions and friends we loved and miss so much.

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avatar Marie at FamilyMoneyValues

Our kitty was 18 when she went to the happy hunting ground up by the pine on the hill. She was cute, following in front of my spouse as he treked back into the field to clear brush!

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avatar jesse.anne.o

It sounds like Rupert was a lucky cat to have you. I’m sorry for your loss.

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avatar MoneyforCollegePro

Losing pets is never easy. Fortunately, they can be replaced, and continue providing you with love and affection.

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avatar Evan

Sorry to hear about your loss. I have put down pets before and it just is terrible.

Are you thinking about getting another one? or is it just too fresh right now.

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avatar Ceecee ♦53 (Newbie)

Lost my dog in August so I have an idea how you are feeling. So sorry. It’s an adjustment—-you have such habits that are based on them being there.

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avatar D. Brinson

I’m very sorry to hear about your loss. Like you, my home has usually included furry roommates. I know it is little comfort, but the only thing worse than losing a furry friend would have been never having him in your life to begin with.

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avatar lynn ♦155 (Cent)

I’m sorry for your loss.

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avatar popokigirl

So sorry for your loss–I know how hard it is, having gone through that horrible decision myself. But you and Rupert blessed each other with your life together and your loves. Take care, and treat yourself well.

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avatar Jai Catalano

Ok now I am a sad. RIP Rupert.

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avatar DonnaFreedman ♦85 (Newbie)

Love the photo. Sorry you lost your friend. Will you put it out in the universe that you need to rescue another one? If none shows up, heaven knows there are plenty of animal shelters — and adult cats might be harder for them to place.

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avatar DonnaFreedman ♦85 (Newbie)

Forgot to mention that a cat might find YOU. My son-in-law noticed a cat limping around their apartment complex. One day it followed him inside, freaking out my daughter and the cat they already owned. Tim was chasing it around, trying to get it out, and the cat kept looking over its shoulder as if to say, “Dude, WTF??? I live here!”
So they kept it, and it cost them a chunk in vet bills (someone had burned the poor thing’s foot, probably with a cigarette, and it was all infected). But the cat is a real goofball and mood-lightener for them both. The existing cat, well, she’s learned to tolerate her new sibling. However, the new cat is much younger and still wants to play. The old cat hasn’t figured out that when Patches starts “chasing” her, she’s not planning to attack — she just wants a game of tag. It’s funny to watch the two of them.

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avatar shellye ♦107 (Cent)

Sorry to hear about your cat, Flexo. He looked like a very cool cat with a cool name too. Thanks for sharing a nice tribute.

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avatar Laura

Rupert looks like he was a great cat, and very lucky to have a person like you. So sorry for your loss.

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avatar Bucksome Boomer ♦236 (Cent)

Sorry to hear you lost your friend. I agree with giving your self a little break — we need time to mourn and prepare our heart for a new love.

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