Cost of postage to have said books sent from the USA - $40.00
Fact that I am still providing said cat with cuddles - totally inexplicable
Some things in life are irreplaceable. You're pretty much guaranteed that the cat will pee on them at some point.
On the bright side, Diana Wynne Jones "Skiver's Guide" was a near miss. This is a DWJ so obscure that most DWJ *fans* haven't heard of it. Fortunately also, the peeing appears to have happened months ago, and is unlikely to be subject to repeat performance, Merlin being somewhat more circumspect about his bodily functions these days.