We’re Doing ...
Oreos (I used the
What you’ll need:
chocolate crème kind)
Green and/or yellow
(you can also use heart-
shaped sprinkles and turn
Black edible marker
1 Frost the back of the M&Ms, and
attach them to the cookie for the
2 Use a toothpick dipped in frost-
ing to attach the sprinkle to the
cookie for the nose.
3 Dip the flat part of the chocolate
chips in the frosting, and attach
them to the top of the cookie for
4 With the black edible marker,
draw pupils on the M&M eyes.
Mmm, Oreo Cat Cookies
Looking for a fun and easy
(for humans only, of course)?
Give these Oreo cat cookies a try.
September is annual Happy Cat Month — a creation of the CATalyst Council, which wants to spread awareness about the health, welfare and importance of our companion felines.
So how do we celebrate our cats and create a happy life for them? Let’s
start with the simple things and expand on that. As for food, cats are carnivores, so they need to eat a meat-based diet. Choose a diet with wholesome meat ingredients and not just carbohydrate-based fillers and meat
Cats like stimulation and enrichment in their home environment; provide toys and other items that cater to their playful inner hunters. Hunters
love to stalk and pounce on things, so cats often enjoy teaser toys, plush
mice and laser pointers. Cats also have an innate need to stretch their legs
and claws and scratch something, and they will be happy if you provide
them with an appropriate outlet like a good scratching post.
Our cats, as we know, can be very affectionate, yet they balance that
side with independence. Therefore, we should lavish love and attention on
them but let them be when they’re not in the mood for it.
Another way to keep your cat happy and healthy: regular vet visits.
Well, if your cat doesn’t like the vet, it might not make him happy, but the
preventive medical care will help keep him healthy by catching any ailments before they become serious. A growing number of veterinary professionals have committed to becoming Fear Free certified to take some
of the anxiety, stress and fear out of office visits. Visit fearfreepets.com for
And to learn more about the CATalyst Council and Happy Cat Month,
check out facebook.com/CatalystCouncil.
Kellie B. Gormly is a Pittsburgh-
based journalist otherwise known
BY KELLIE B. GORMLY
as Mother Catresa to homeless kit-
tens and cats. She blogs about her
adventures in fostering at mothercat
HAPPY CAT MONTH
BY ANNIE BUTLER SHIRREFFS