Cats Cash in on Inheritance

Two Tennessee cats just inherited some serious scratch. After the death of their owner, Leon Sheppard, Sr., felines Frisco and Jake received a hefty inheritance. Not wanting to uproot them from their home, Sheppard left the cats the 4,270-square-foot house—along with $250,000 for their care—in his will. Since the kitties are sitting pretty, let’s look at some ways they could drop a quarter of a million dollars:

1. Relax in Luxury: Since Frisco and Jake will have the run of the house they should splurge on some serious pet beds. These handcrafted aluminum pet beds by GG Collection can be personalized with a single letter so the cats don’t get confused.

2. Picture Purr-fect: Rebecca Collins of ArtPaw paints custom pet portraits with a twist; she inserts the animals into famous paintings. Whether you prefer post-impressionist, Van Gogh or the surrealist style of Magritte, Collins has a wide array of choices. With the priciest painting coming in at only $1,250, it's a bargain. Besides, Warhol would've wanted it this way.

3. Feline Fine Dining: Earlier this year TV chef Simon Rimmer created "Chat Delices," the first-ever fine dining dish for cats. Made from roast duck, lobster sushi roll and beluga caviar, it sold for £24.99 per portion (that's $33.86 in U.S. dollars) at the IceTank kitchen in London's Coventry Garden. While certain rich delicacies are not good for your health, Rimmer made sure that his dish was nutritious as well as delicious. He worked with veterinarian Joe Inglis, and Rimmer’s cat, Baggy to get the cat-tasted, vet-approved seal. There was talk of making another round of the pricey plates, but I'm sure a cat with means could secure Rimmer as their own personal chef.

4. Throw a Party: Certain party planners specialize in cat-tastic celebrations. Companies like Party Animals throw fancy pet fetes. Whether Frisco and Jake want to throw themselves a birthday party or a housewarming, pet party planners are ready to help.

5. Invest: While $250,000 is a lot of money, it won’t last forever. The fiscally responsible feline would invest some of their inheritance. It's just good business sense.