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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Sending Mabel Meatball to Kitten Kollege with WHISKAS®

I'm a firm believer that a house is not a home without a cat. There's something really lovely about seeing a cat in the window, and something even lovelier when that cat is yours and comes and greets you at the front door as you open it! I also think it's brilliant for children to grow up with pets; they make great companions, plus it's a great way to teach them how to care for and respect other living creatures from a young age.

You've met our cat on the blog before. Her name is Mabel Meatball (originally just 'Mabel' but at the time we got and named her, one year old Evie pronounced it 'Meeeball' which kind of stuck) and she's a tabby point moggy, although our vet thinks she has a bit of ragdoll or Burmese in her, going by her markings and the fact she's so vocal.

She is honestly the sweetest, most tolerant cat I've ever come across in my life. I think it must be down to her growing up alongside the girls and getting used to noise and being handled at an early age. She is happy playing 'baby' to Evie's 'mummy', and sleeps with Daisy every night. She loves company and is more like a puppy really - she follows us all around, runs to the door when someone knocks, likes to lie on her back and have her belly rubbed and would eat absolutely everything, if we let her.

Along with the rest of the cat owning population, we really feel as if Mabel is part of our family and we wouldn't be without her, which is why looking after her so well with regular visits to the vets and a good diet is so important.

When we were approached by WHISKAS® to help promote their current Kitten Kollege campaign we were absolutely delighted to, as they are already a brand that we use and love. I've bought their cat and kitten food for all our cats and trust them implicitly to provide my fur babies with a healthy, nutritious diet and their website is also brilliant for general cat information and advice.

I'm not sure how Mabel would do if she was sent to Kitten Kollege. There's no denying she's a super intelligent cat, but she is also really rather lazy! WHISKAS® asked me to test her skills and report back on her ability in a few classic school subjects, so over the past couple of weeks she's been under my watchful eye and I've been able to grade her! First up was:

Physical Education - C
Now Mabel can be a bit of a ninja when she wants to be, but unfortunately this isn't very often! She prefers to to lounge on the back of the sofa in front of the window and watch the world go by rather than do laps of the garden and if we attempt to get her to play with string or other cat toys she usually looks at us like we're quite mad, and as if to say 'I'm not leaping about trying to catch that!'

Geography - C
Mabel has absolutely no skills in geography whatsoever! We have to make sure she doesn't go outside into the front garden as she loses her bearings completely and ends up lost, halfway up the street. However she is a pro at navigating her own house and discovering new places to relax. She is a big fan of the girls' bunk and cabin beds and worked out how to get up them within minutes of us building them recently.

Home Economics - A
When it comes to food, Mabel is a whizz. She has an incredible appetite (and a podgy belly to show for it) and has impressed us all by mastering the art of getting into our food recycling bin and eating its contents in it's entirety. She has also excelled herself in managing to persuade the girls to get her extra food pouches and treats from the cat food cupboard, and has been known to demolish leftovers set aside on the kitchen work surface, including roast potatoes, yorkshire puddings, curry and birthday cake.

Every cat is special, and entirely individual, which is why I think they make such great pets. Mabel is a wonderful, fluffy, beautiful blue eyed ratbag and we love her very much 

This post is a collaboration with WHISKAS® but all thoughts are my own. Check out their website for more information on their cat food and their YouTube channel for fantastic Kitten Kollege videos.


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