Host a Purrfect Birthday Party for Cats
Most of us wouldn't dream of missing a loved one's birthday, right? But when was the last time you celebrated your precious cat's birthday? Well, it turns out that cat birthday parties are increasing in popularity these days. "Parties make a cat feel pampered and spoiled," says Joan Goodman, a pet party planner in Austin, Texas. "And it creates an opportunity for owners to express love and devotion."
Check out these ideas for throwing the perfect birthday bash:
A Limited Guest List
For New York City-based filmmaker Cevin Soling and his girlfriend, a birthday bash for their mixed-breed cat Dr. Claw usually consists of only two guests. "We play with him and give him lots of attention the entire evening," Soling explains. "This year is his eighteenth birthday, and I'm already stocking up on treats and toys for this monumental event."
Decorating and Gift Giving
If you have decided to invite non-cat guests (a.k.a. humans), don't be shy about telling them your cat loves to receive feline-friendly toys and treats. You can even register for cat products online at stores like Target, or set up a wish list at Amazon. But when it comes time to actually give gifts to the birthday kitty, it is safest to eliminate the decorative wrapping. Ribbons, string and slivers of paper can be dangerous to cats if ingested. "Cats can easily choke on this material," warns Albert Burchman, a veterinarian in the Bronx, N.Y. "Discard it immediately."
Movies, Music and Fun
If your cat movies are played with the sound off, you can create the purrfect mood with music. You can't go wrong with the soundtrack to the Broadway musical "Cats." Other tabby-friendly tunes include: Jamie Anderson's "When Cats Rule the World," Al Stewart's "The Year of the Cat," Jethro Tull's "And The Mouse Police Never Sleeps," The Cure's "The Love Cats," and Cheryl Wheeler's "Meow." Cats' ears are extremely sensitive, so avoid playing your meow music mix too loudly.
At the party, make sure your cat is the center of attention. If your cat receives toys, give it the opportunity to play with them and show off for your party guests. Barbara Florio Graham of Ottawa, Canada, encourages her mixed-breed cat to do tricks for guests. "My cat knows how to shake hands and fetch," she explains.
Demonstrating its talents is a great way to make the cat the star of the show. Take lots of pictures to commemorate the occasion. And try not to get too caught up in talking to human guests that you end up ignoring the guest of honor. After all, your cat is the reason you're all here, so be sure to lavish extra attention and cuddles on your feline friend.
Goodie Bags and Goodbyes
As you tuck your cat in for the night, wish your pet the best birthday ever. And, as Goodman suggests, spend a moment reflecting on the years you've shared together. "As you think back on all the good times, just think about all the special moments yet to come," she concludes. Now that's a reason to celebrate!