The ultimate cat birthday

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If you follow me on Facebook and Instagram you probably already know this: I am a very (very) proud cat mum. Like all good cat parents that means two things – that our ginger fur-babies, Hunter and Sybil, are quite simply the coolest cats on the block and that I love each and every one of their little quirks and details.

While I can hardly believe it, these furry twins just turned two – and obviously that’s something to celebrate! As rescue kittens we don’t know exactly when they were born, so always make a big fuss of them on the day they officially joined the family – that means a whole heap of cat-ty fun.

When we celebrated their first birthday last year I came across this awesome ‘catland’ idea and knew that we absolutely had to make it part of our cats’ annual birthday festivities. Seriously, why choose just one toy when you can let them have everything – and I mean everything!

This year’s cat playland featured every one of Hunter and Sybil’s favourite things: a blanket, ribbon and scrunched up paper ball, Christmas ornaments, hair ties and an old phone cable (encouraging bad behaviour, I know!), their favourite play tunnel and – of course – the perfectly sized cardboard box. And the cats absolutely lost it with excitement.

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With both cats exhausted, it was time to move on to part two of the celebrations – the food! Food is a big part of all birthday celebrations, so making sure you have the right things on the menu is key.

Maybe salmon, spinach, courgette and green beans? Or how about chicken with pasta pearls and spinach? Luckily you don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen to pull together such a fabulously gourmet meal – Fancy Feast has got it covered.

We whip up a little cat birthday ‘cake’ for Hunter and Sybil each year using their favourite Fancy Feast flavours – for Hunter that means beef is on the menu, while Sybil’s more of a chicken girl.

It’s super simple (and way less gross!) than it sounds – just pop over a can or pouch of Fancy Feast (they’re single serve, so you won’t have open cat food lingering in your fridge) on a nice dish and top it with a little extra treat you know your fur-baby loves: think cream cheese, grated cheese or their favourite cat treats.

Oh, and a candle of course!

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Hunter and Sybil’s birthday is officially done and dusted for another year, but they won’t be longing for the next one to roll around too quickly – they can relive the magic of their purr-fect birthday every evening with Fancy Feast. After all, we all enjoy eating well, so why shouldn’t your fur-baby – love is in the details.


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Hands up if your cat’s mad about running water?

Thanks to the lovely team at Fancy Feast I have a cat water fountain to give away to two lucky readers – plus we’ll pop in a replacement filter with each one too, so your cat’s all set for the next six or so months.

To be in to win, simply leave a comment below telling me how you show your cat how much you love them. Let your inner ‘besotted cat parent’ out – it’s something we all have in common!

This post (and Hunter and Sybil’s second birthday celebrations) was made possible thanks to Fancy Feast. All comments and photos are, and always will be, my own.

Entries close 11.59pm Thursday 21 July. The winners will be chosen at random and notified on Friday 22 July. Each winner must make contact within 3 business days or they’ll forfeit the prize and a new winner will be drawn. Sorry – this giveaway is only open to New Zealand residents.

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  • Rebecca Taylor

    What super spoilt kittys you have. I know Matilda is jealous.

    Love my fur baby Matilda. She’s a wee cuddle munchkin, we got her from cats protection league as love helping them out and we later found out she’s pure breed Russian blue so she’s a tiny frame and just so dainty. Took a bit for her to warm up to the dog and the other cat we got later and she’s good now so noisy.

    When I was unwell we’d spend days on end curled up together with her in my arm it was reassuring to know she was always there waits at driveway for me to come home like a wee puppy and always curled up beside me.


  • Rebecca Taylor

    And Maurice he’s a big softy too! Was found as a stray and living in the wild but makes the best pet now he can still demolish off birds whole when he catches them but he’s a wee porker and very slow and not stealth so it’s good he can’t get any.
    He loves his food so equally love a birthday celebration

  • Karen Mabey

    Our cat gets lots of love. Dusty gets cuddles & pats from everyone one in the family & gets fed on time (very important to her). :)

  • Maria

    My dear Skye is well loved by our family. She’s a rescue tabby cat. We dote on her as she’s our first and only pet and she’s just so sweet. We give her lots of cuddles and makes sure we play with her everyday. Happy birthday to your fur babies!

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  • Melissa Joblin

    I get up all hours of the day & night to turn the tap on for my girl Gem to drink from as she’s gone off drinking out of her usual water bowl. It’s like having a human baby – am one tired cat mama…

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      Hi Melissa, hopefully you’ll soon be getting a bit more sleep because you and Gem have won your very own cat fountain! Keep an eye on your inbox for an email from me shortly. Congratulations!

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  • Heather

    My young man Jaffa would lose his little mind over one of these fountains!! We have a water bowl for him (yet to see him use it) because, you see, us humans live at hos beck and call. He will go and sit on the handbasin and meow until we realise he’s there. I turn the tap on and wait while he fills his boots to shut it off again. He is spoilt! But in return Im allowed to cuddle him and admire his glorious tummy fluff – he is very proud. Please please please send one this way!! It would make it better for him and I both!

  • Jessica Jones

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  • Shelley Cole

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  • Cathy Bunyan

    This is the cutest post ever! I have so enjoyed seeing all of these adored fur babies <3 Marshmallow and Myrtle are our fur babies, and I cried when we got them in May (my sister had been raising them in another city since they were born in late January until we could receive them) :') to show them we love them our family (3 kiddies included) give them loads of cuddles, space when they need it, fresh meat, sleeps on the master bed (shh don't tell the kids) and so much more! I can hardly remember life without them now!

    • Kirsten Robinson

      Hi Cathy, Congratulations – you’re one of our winners, so Marshmallow and Mrytle will soon have a water fountain to add to their list of little luxuries. Keep an eye on your inbox for an email from me shortly :)

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        Hi Kirsten,

        Oh my gosh, thank you so much! How exciting to be able to give Marshmallow and Myrtle a gift – they are just going to love it.

        I’m so pleased to have come across High Tea with Dragons, it will surely be a blog I’ll return to time and again for the refreshing and kind posts. Who could resist?

        Thank you again! <3

  • Emily

    Cute!! I love spoiling my kitties on their birthdays, always have little treats and something special to celebrate the day

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    My friend’s cat Sammi deserves to be spoilt. She lost her best friend to an illness recently and has really missed him and this has been made worse as the vet has put her on a diet! So Sammi really deserves to be spoilt with some fresh, calorie-free, fancy water!

  • Tiana Jade Howe

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  • ck smith

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  • Lee Jonasen

    I love my cats. I have had many cats that have lived over the age of 20. At present i had a brother and sister aged 11 but we have just moved house and my boy cat (smokey) has not come back home. Hopefully hes gone back home. But in the mean time a stray black and white cat has moved in. With the bad weather we are having i couldnt put her outside, she has come along way with our family and now is sleeping on our beds with our other girl cat. I love listening to there purrs as this shows me ive done right..

  • Annalie Brown

    I’m a complete sook. So much so that two of my three cats are “foster fails” – that is I was supposed to return them to the SPCA and couldn’t part with them! My favourite thing is getting them to cuddle up under the duvet on a cold winter night to keep them warm. I’ve even given up wearing one of my fave fleecy jackets because they all love it so much that it’s their fave sleeping spot now – hear the purrs when they get on it and pad away!!!

  • Bex Pryor

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  • Shannon Avery

    met my baby king ginger george he is the light of my life :) i found him as a sick wee baby full of the cat flu under my mother in laws house it was love at first sight i took him home and brought him back to health for 9yrs he has been my everything no day is ever a bad one when i get to come home to this guy to some peoplep he may just be a cat but to me he is and always be my fur baby a part of my family he rules our home his castle and its the way it will always be my reason i wake up to a smile on my face every day :)

  • Kerry-Lee Charlton

    I often sit on the floor in my house because the cats have taken all the chairs and Im too soft to move them.

  • Erica Warmington

    Gus would love this prize. He’s very interested in the tap running, but is too afraid to drink from the running water. A fountain might be less intimidating.

  • Ashley-Marie Hunter Davey

    sadly i dont currently have my own cats but Ive been catsitting for my neighbour and Im absolutely in love with her two cats. they love to play and go absolutely crazy over running water. i had great fun turning on the bathroom tap and watching them appear to play in less than 30 seconds.

  • Charissa Ardron

    To help our guys acclimatise to having a new baby in the house (the first human to permanently move in besides us in their lifetime and we have very skittish guys normally) we have a number of bags of cat treats (including 3 or 4 big bags) to help them when they’re really good.

    We also spend a small fortune on cat food as 3 are on Hills Vet Food which means we go through a $70 bag every 3 weeks. Because we have one whom isn’t on it we buy her premium biscuits so that she doesn’t get left out.

    We give them special treats (not normal cat treats) whenever we can as they are such sweet animals when they want to be. They’re also being spoilt more than normal at the moment not just because of the baby but because we’ve ended up spending 7 of the last 8 days in hospital so they have had little time with us (we were back for one day before going back in). Cuddles are a big thing at the moment.

  • Vickie Senior

    Thank you for making this birthday celebration possible for all us cat nerds. 2 days ago we got one of the most horrible phone calls possible… A work man found our boy Jack dead at the side of the road … He was only just over 1 year old… We miss him so much and his brother from another mother Abraham keeps calling out for him …. To win a gift such as this would not only make his day, but ours too. I have friends telling me that when they die they want to come back as one of my cats as they are treated like royalty. I never adopt a cat … I open my home up to a new member of the family. Jack was a beautiful big boy with such a gentle soul … Abraham seems lost … he keeps calling out for Jack and it makes the days so hard. Once we move house as we are selling … we will consider a new brother for Abraham but until then Jack has left his mark on our hearts ….

  • Adele Rhead

    I cant even tell u, my cats r like little humans. Its not just my cats i come across stray cats and rescue cats there just drawn to me!! I ended up with 7 wild kittens last year (that my dog finds!!) In the woods so of course i have to accept them as one of my own. Id do anything for not just my cats but anyones cat! ❤❤❤❤

  • Merenia Wright

    I sometimes find it hard to describe how much I love our two cats. They really are our fur babies. Always putting a smile on our faces, and each (Miso and Mr. Businessman) have their own funny quirks and personalities. They are super snuggly and always give me head ‘boops’ in the morning to say hi. I would do anything for them, they really are part of the family.

  • Kris van de Water

    Our two are inside cats as the neighbourhood is not good. They get the best food (probably costs more than ours), a massive amount of toys, several scratching posts, a dozen beds.
    SPOILT. Oh and I have one that prefers to drink out of the tap so I am up and down all the time turning the tap on and off. Been looking at fountains in the hope he catches the bug for that instead of tap.