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My little fur babies were adopted around this time of year. I couldn't tell you the dates, but we had just graduated college and moved to Texas. One or two weeks after moving, hubby had to leave for a month-long training. I was sad to be left behind in the tiniest town I'd ever lived in, and to be apart from my hubs for so long, so it was the perfect time to adopt cats like we had always talked about. My little Hana (flower in Japanese), the wild tabby, was just a baby and such a handful. We chose her because she seemed the most desperate to get out of her cage, and turns out she is an avid meower. She was so tiny when we adopted her that hubby could fit her into his side pocket, and she liked to sleep on his shoulder when he was resting on the couch. Kuro (black in Japanese) was slightly older when we got him, and the reason we liked him was because he has six toes and they are so cute. Sometimes he is our little panther boy, other times he looks like Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon.

Now as much as I love my fur babies, I've never thrown them a birthday party before. But this was an excuse to get them into cat hats, snap a picture, and laugh my head off at how cute they are, so I had to do it. Since special days call for special food, I grabbed Rachael Ray™ Nutrish®, both the wet (Grain Free Wet Food for Cats) and dry (Zero Grain Food for Cats) food. We always talked about how much we spoil our cats, but after this cat-day party I really don't know if we did. This cat food is legit. When I popped open a thing of the wet food to bribe them into posing for a photo, I was amazed at how appetizing it looked. It was literally chunks of distinguishable, real foods like fish, etc. Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® is inspired by recipes from her own kitchen, and uses very wholesome ingredients, the number one ingredient always being either US farm-raised chicken or fish with absolutely no fillers, meat by-products, grains, or artificial preservatives/flavors. Sounds better than my own food. And my cats were very "helpful" as I took my photos, scarfing this food every chance they got. I fed them the Ocean Fish & Chicken Catch-iatore to get them to pose for my photo, and it did a spectacular job of holding their attention despite there being a scary UPS guy outside the window dropping off a package.

Just looking at the food labels on Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® made me feel slightly ashamed of whatever I've been feeding my cats up till now. On top of first-class cat food, did you know that Rachael Ray™ donates all of her personal proceeds to Rachael's Rescue to shelter pets in need and supply them with food and medical supplies and treatments? So far she's donated over $14 million. Cray. That is definitely something I can get behind.

I grabbed my food at Walmart and they had a good selection, but you can find out where to get it near you HERE. You can also order it on

I'm so happy I got to work with Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® on this post because both my cats and I have become big fans. Who else is a cat lover? Have you tried this stuff?? (Because you should.) And do you do any funny things for your fur babies? Find out so many more ways to spoil and be good to your cats HERE.

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How to Make Cat Hats:

What You Need:
  • Mid-weight paper like cardstock
  • Tassels
  • Decorative ribbon
  • Elastic
  • Glue gun
  • Double-sided tape
  • Regular transparent tape
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • This template


1. Print and cut out the template.

2. Trace your template onto the back of some fancy paper and cut it out.

3. Glue a tassel onto the top corner of your hat.

4. Pre-bend the hat so that it's easier to tape together.

5. Place double-sided tape along one edge, almost to the top.

6. Attach hat at the seams. Place tape on the inside to reinforce.

7. Measure and cut 7 inches (do more or less depending on your cat) of elastic and staple to the inside of your hat.

8. Use hot glue to decorate the bottom of the hat with ribbon, covering the staples.

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  1. I love this simple way to celebrate with cats- I think my kitty would love playing with the tassels after the photo shoot! #client

  2. LOL! They didn't mind the hats on their heads? I feel like my Bear and Petey wouldn't like it. I spoil them to death and I wish I had their life and I couldn't live without them. Your cats are stinking adorable. Cats are definitely the best <3

  3. Your cats look so sweet in those hats! I would love to make one for my parents' puppy too, but I'm afraid he would bite it in pieces right away:/ Happy cat anniversary!

  4. They're so gorgeous!! I want one!! HAHA I defo think my cat eats better then I do!! And I wonder if he'd let me put a hat on him.... Hmmmmm Gonna give it a try!!

  5. Oh my goodness I love this! Your kitties are so cute! Mine would never wear these hats hahahaha! But they are cooperating pretty well here in these pictures. Glad they liked the food! We have been using Blue Buffalo food and our cats love it! I am glad there are more healthy brands coming into popular markets! :) Also love that Kuro has six toes! We obviously have a soft spot for quirky cats, with Scali having a permanent wink. ;) XO - Alexandra

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