I'm OK with annual check ups and whatnot. I've made my peace with $115 a bag vet food (the one has male kitty pee pee issues). I know I pay a premium to have a vet who makes house calls. I don't want to go back to transporting angry cats to the vet clinic. Totally OK with it, and he's an awesome vet on top of that. But, the unexpected vet bills are still such a boot to the scrotum. In my head I'm like OK, budget for 1 surprise vet bill a year and take it as a bonus if you don't need it. And most years, I don't need it. But, yeah $340 today and it would have been $400 maybe $420 if I didn't already have the urine kit in the house and paid for. That was housecall, blood work, exam and a bag of food which I mentioned is stupid expensive. I wasn't expecting the blood work but, I should have. It's pretty routine when you consider Max is now 9 years old, a senior. Oh yeah, that was all 1 cat by the way. Not like hey let me look at this other cat. PS. I have looked for alternatives to the food but it's metabolic as well as urinary. So, Jack has lost 2.5lbs on it (which he needed to lose) and is now at his ideal weight. He's also never looked better. And Minou lost her baby fat with that food as well. She was on her way to being a sausage with feet. She's now at her ideal weight. Max, the one who caused the vet bill today, has never had a weight issue but he's got the pee pee issue. I used to work in pet food retail as a side job to support my pet food habit so I can read a label. But, I haven't been able to find an alternative that I feel comfortable with. I might have gone over 15 seconds. I'm sorry.