I have partnered with Purina Cat Chow to participate with the ‘Nutrition to Build Better Lives’ program. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words.
When I was working on Luke’s 3rd birthday post, I had fun going through all the old photos of him throughout his life. It’s funny how you can instantly be transported to that exact moment in which the photo was captured. It’s sort of how you get a bit of nostalgia when those photos and videos come through from years’ past. In almost every reminder of the past years, there are a few photos of Butters. As the years went on, and we had one, then two, then 3 kids, he shows up less and less in them.
This was one of the very first photos of Butters.
But lets start from the beginning. Growing up, we were a dog family. We had a few dogs throughout the years but I always wanted a cat. I don’t know why. I only knew one person with one – my cousins. When I moved into my first apartment with a friend, she had adopted 2 cats and I really enjoyed them. I found out, of course, I was slightly allergic, but I really loved snuggling up with them and wanted one of my own one day.
After Jon and I got married, we bought our first home – a condo – and I REALLY wanted to finally get a cat. He grew up with cats so I figured it would be something easy to convince him of. Nope. I asked all the time. After 2 months he told me we could finally adopt a kitten and literally the next day my mom and I ventured to the Castaic Animal Shelter to scope things out. Unfortunately, there were few cats. And fewer kittens. There was actually only one. They estimated him to be about 3 months old. I took some photos and shared them with Jon. They were almost closing and I didn’t have an answer. I left him there.
That night he said I could adopt him. I mean, WE could adopt him. Yay! It was Valentine’s day and my mom and I went to the pet store to stock up on items and were at the animal shelter as soon as they opened. We filled out the paperwork and then my mom babysat him while I went to work. She lived a short drive from my office so I went there on my lunch break and she said he was doing great. He didn’t have a name.
We kept trying to figure out what to call him. Finally one night, while in bed, Jon threw out the name Butters. He said it was after one of the characters on South Park. I thought it was cool. We then added a last name – McNoodles. So we had our forever cat – Butters McNoodles. Less than two years later we had Aubrey and she had a big fur-brother.
Butters doesn’t seem to age. But as each of our kids gets older, I know Butters is as well. The same cat food he had as a kitten isn’t the best nutrition as he gets older. So I strapped Ryan up in our Lillebaby and headed to grab something more appropriate for Butters. He’s honestly had a lot of tummy troubles within the past 6 months and his hairballs are in-sane. I’ve got enough bodily fluids to pick up with 3 kids, so anything to make him feel better is worth it!
We had a few choices and I was stuck between the Purina Cat Chow Gentle formula and the Indoor cat formula. Since there was a call-out directly for hairball help with the Indoor cat formula, I chose that one.
The purchase of this bag also helps cats still in our national shelters. Each year there’s approximately 3.4 million cats that are taken in by shelters, and only half are actually adopted. To help, Purina Cat Chow will be donating one meal, up to five million, to Rescue Bank for all of July. Any size bag will have one meal donated! Rescue Bank is a non-profit organization that operates similar to the food bank model for humans. They are able to use the savings from their food budgets to use for critical veterinary care to help increase the adoption of healthy pets.
Purina Cat Chow started supporting animal shelters in 2013. Since then, they’ve donated over $845,000 in food, supplies, and renovations to advance the rescue, nutrition and adoption of cats in shelters.