So we made the big plunge and adopted a cat.
The animal shelter fee ended up being $89, we donated $11 since it's a no kill shelter and would like to support that movement, and we bought a small carrier for $4 made from cardboard. Right next door to them (luckily for us) was a super Target and we bought the litter, litter box, catnip toys, etc. which came out to be around $80 (I think).
She seems to be a great cat and today was the first time alone in our bedroom.... after keeping us up all night. Hopefully she'll come out of her hiding a little bit more today.
I promise better posts coming up!