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PROJECT BY SAMANTHA MEYERS
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
cardstock. You can use
patterned paper, too.
Love is in the air, and there’s no better way to show you care than
with a handmade card. This
fine feline is the perfect
way to spread Valentine’s
cheer, and it’s a great craft
for kids or kids at heart!
Then, glue your hearts together to form your
If you plan to make several of these or want to
get a little creative, start by cutting hearts in a vari-
ety of shapes, sizes and colors. Get creative by making
some of the hearts wide, some long, some large and
some very small. You’ll end up with a variety of
unique and adorable cats. You can even glue your
cats together for the ultimate cat card!
When your kitties are complete, write a
heart-filled message on the back and send
them off to their new homes.
Samantha Meyers is a writer, baker, crafter,
and Instagrammer. Check out her blog at
SugaredAndIced.com, and see her dogs’
Instagram adventures at @FrenchHuggs_ and
To make one like ours, cut out:
• 2 extra-large hearts for the body
• 1 large heart for the head
• 3 medium hearts for the ears
and eye patch
• 10 small hearts for the eyes,
nose and tail
• 6 extra-small hearts for the feet
I find it a bit silly to have holidays designed
to practice things that should be a way of
life. Case in point: Respect Your Cat Day,
held March 28. We cat people do that 365
days a year, don’t we? Still, it doesn’t hurt
to raise awareness by having an official
time for what should be the norm.
According to the website catsherdyou.
com, Respect Your Cat Day started in 1384
in England, when King Richard II issued an
edict forbidding the consumption of cats.
Well, that sure is a good start!
Speaking of eating animals, like many
pet lovers, I am a vegetarian. But, respecting your cat means respecting that he is,
in fact, a cat and a very different species
from humans and from other animals.
Cats are hunters and apex predators
in many areas of the wild. Their digestive
systems are designed to eat meat, not
plants. I cringe whenever I open a can of
cat food, but I know I must respect the
fact that my cats are carnivores.
Another way to respect your cat’s
catness: Feed into his hunter instincts.
Cats love to stalk and hunt and pounce
on either real prey, like mice, or toys
that play the role. Just watch your kitty
go crazy swatting frantically at the wand
toy or pouncing on that plush mouse.
Let your hunter enjoy the chase by providing stimulating toys.
And, finally, we shouldn’t take it personally when our cats don’t behave like
dogs. Cats have an independent spirit, and
though many are very affectionate, they
still like to do their own thing and enjoy
We should respect our cats for their
quirks and embrace it all as part of their
charm. After all, I’m sure there are many
things about our humanness that our
cats could do without — like the need to
cater to our desires and whims as well as
Respect Your Cat Day
BY KELLIE B. GORMLY