It's a Birthday Pawty!
We pet parents can be pretty extra when it comes to our pets' birthdays - and why not?! Not only do our cats show us unconditional love and affection (eh, sometimes), but according to science, they give us the gift of better heart health!
So it's time we show some appreciation. If your kitty's birthday is coming up and you're looking for some fun ways to celebrate, look no further. We've rounded up some cute ways to pawty hard with your favorite furry family member.
1. Choose the Purrfect Present for Your Cat
With a lot of cat toys out there on Earth Of Cats, it shouldn't be too tough to find a toy your cat loves. Whether he likes active toys or something to cuddle up with, there's no better excuse than a birthday to add some new items to his already overflowing toy basket.
2. Treat Her to Some Catnip
Fact: Catnip is to a cat's birthday as happy hour is to a 21-year old's birthday.
There are several ways to give your cat catnip, including toys, catnip bubbles (yes, really!), or fresh leaves, but for an occasion as special as your cat's birthday, why not do it up? It's important to note that not all cats actually respond to catnip, while others can have pretty intense reactions.
3. Make Homemade Party Hats
Cats are hilariously cute most of the time. But when you put a tiny, homemade party hat on a kitty, you've got Instagram gold.
Even if you're not very crafty, homemade party hats are one of the easiest things you can make. Just grab some foam sheets, construction paper or wrapping paper, decorate with some cute pompoms or tinsel and roll it into a cone shape.
Then, try to snap a picture before your cat tears it off his head. Obviously, you're going to want to make a matching party hat for yourself, so you can take sweet selfies with the birthday cat.
4. Prep a Kitty-Friendly Cake
If you love crab cakes, you just might want to take a bite of this kitty-friendly birthday cake from Good Food Stories. All you need is a few common pantry items and a cat that's ready to indulge.
- Combine drained white albacore tuna with diced chicken and sweet potato puree in a large mixing bowl. If your mixture is a little watery, add one teaspoon of rice flour to absorb excess liquids.
- Scoop into a one-inch cookie cutter to create little, round cakes. If you want to get extra fancy, you can make "frosting" by piping mashed potatoes on top of the cakes.
5. Stretch Out for a Cat Nap
There's nothing better than a birthday spent quietly napping on the couch in a warm spot of sunlight, in our opinion. And I think most of our feline friends would probably agree. Grab a cozy blanket and cuddle up with your kitty for a birthday nap and Netflix session.
6. Go for a Walk–But Don't Forget the Leash!
Go for a Walk–But Don't Forget the Leash! If your indoor cat has never ventured outside, why not use her birthday as an excuse to try something new? Be sure to get a cat leash or harness that fits properly, and try to choose an enclosed area, away from other animals. Then, go outside and get exploring!
7. Donate to a Charity in His Name
Rather than buying new toys and treats for your cat, consider donating to a charity in his name. Check with local shelters to see if they need any supply donations–think food, litter, toys, or bedding–or offer a monetary donation.
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