If you have a precious kitty, they probably feel like part of the family. So, when their birthday rolls around, why wouldn’t you want to throw them a party? 35% of Canadians own a cat, making them more popular than dogs.
Of course, hosting a cat birthday party is a little different than throwing any other type of party.
Do you need help throwing a blowout for your furry friend? Then keep reading to learn how you can throw an unforgettable birthday party for your cat.
Create the Guest List
Just like any other party, you’ll need to create a guest list for your cat’s birthday party. But before you go inviting everyone you know and their pets, take a minute to think about your cat’s personality.
If they are very shy around other animals and people, then it’s probably best to celebrate your cat’s birthday with just the two of you. If they are shy around strangers but are comfortable around your close friends and family that visit a lot, consider just inviting them. If your cat is friendly to everyone, you can feel free to invite a few people your cat has never met before too.
When it comes to inviting other animals, be wary. Even if your cat is good with other animals, you don’t want to invite your friends’ cats who may be more on edge. So, spare the party from any unwanted drama and let your cat be the star of the show by having a human-only guest list.
Take Them Outside
Chances are you’ll want to throw your cat’s party on the weekend so all your loved ones can attend. But if your cat’s birthday falls on a weekday, you’ll want to do a little something special to celebrate.
Consider getting a harness and a leash and taking your cat outside. If you plan to let your cat outside often, you can also create a catio and have your cat explore it for the first time on their birthday.
On the day of the party, you’ll want to start by decorating the space. Get streamers to hang, and don’t scold your cat if they start to rip them down. After all, it’s their party!
You can also get cat-themed balloons, paper plates, and paper cups. Don’t forget to get some gold letter balloons to spell out your cat’s name, so everyone knows who the birthday kitty is.
Keep Music Low
What’s a party without a little music? While it’s okay to play music, remember that cats are much more sensitive to noise than humans are.
If you blast the music all night, your cat will likely try to hide away from all the noise. Instead, keep the music low so you don’t hurt your cat’s ears.
Alcohol can be great when you’re hosting a party. But when people start drinking, their coordination and reasoning start to diminish.
The last thing you want is for someone to accidentally step on your cat’s tail, handle them poorly, or feed them food that’s not safe for cats because they had a little too much to drink. You want your cat to enjoy their day, not be afraid of your guests or sick after eating something they shouldn’t have.
Pick the Right Food
Every party needs to have some snacks. If your cat has a habit of eating anything in sight, make sure all the snacks you offer are cat-friendly, just in case. Things like fruits, vegetables, cooked meat, whole grains, and cheese are all fine for cats to eat.
Of course, if your cat never goes poking around unsafe food, you won’t really have to worry about this. Instead, you can feel free to have fun here!
Get a cat cookie cutter to make cookies, brownies, and finger sandwiches shaped like cats. You can also decorate a cheese wedge to look like a mouse by using raisins as the eyes and nose, pepperoni slices as the ears, and a piece of string cheese as the tail.
Have Cat Headbands
In lieu of party hats, consider getting cat headbands for everyone. You can find these in a ton of different styles, including furry and bedazzled.
Place them all on a table by the door and have a sign instructing everyone to take a pair.
Skip the Birthday Outfit
You may be tempted to buy your kitty a special birthday dress, sweater, or hat. However, your cat will likely feel uncomfortable in this. Instead, let your cat enjoy their party and run around in their birthday suit!
Get New Toys for Your Cat
No birthday party is complete without presents, so consider getting your cat a few new toys. Opting for catnip toys will get your cat hyped for their party. If your cat has anxiety, talk to your vet about getting CBD oil for them.
You can take this to the next level by wrapping their new toys up. Keep part of the toy exposed to pique your cat’s interest, and make sure it’s loosely wrapped so your cat will be able to tear it open.
Ask for Donations in Lieu of Gifts
Chances are your cat is probably already pretty spoiled. And with the new gifts you plan to get them, do they really need more toys? Let’s face it—they’d probably just end up ignoring the toys and playing in the box anyway!
Consider asking your guests to make a donation to the local animal shelter in lieu of gifts. You’ll feel great knowing that you’re helping animals in need, and your furry friend won’t know the difference.
Have Games for Your Guests
Now that your cat is done opening their toys, they’ll have plenty to do during the party. But you’ll want to set up a few games to keep your guests entertained as well.
Consider having a cat-shaped pinata or playing pin the tail on the cat. You can even have a cat cupcake decorating contest and give prizes out to the winners.
Get Two Cakes
You can’t have a birthday party without cake. However, your cat will need a special cake made with only feline-safe ingredients.
You can find recipes online or order through a special pet bakery. If you’re a little nervous about this, consider giving your vet a call and run through the list of ingredients to ensure everything is safe for your cat.
You’ll also want to get a second birthday cake for you and your guests to enjoy. Just don’t forget to sing happy birthday to your cat before digging in!
Get Your Cat’s Favorite Foods
Cats can be picky eaters. If your cat doesn’t end up liking their birthday cake, you’ll want to have a backup plan ready. Hit the store and get some of your cat’s favorite foods, like spray cheese or whipped cream.
You can give them a little taste on their birthday (if it falls on a different day than the party), and let them indulge during their party as well.
Make Gift Bags
When the party is coming to an end, you’ll want to have something to give your guests to thank them for coming.
If you want something cute and small, consider giving them cat-shaped cookies or earrings. To take this to the next level, you can get cat slippers or a cat-printed mug and fill it with smaller goodies.
Of course, you can also let them keep the cat headbands in addition to or instead of separate gift bags.
Have Cat Gift Bags Too
Do a lot of your friends have kitties of their own? Consider making cat gift bags too.
You can include cat treats and small toys. You can also make another cat birthday cake and cut pieces for your friends to take home to their cats.
Be Ready for Naptime
By the time the party is over, your cat is probably more than ready to sleep. So, make sure you don’t plan any additional birthday activities for the rest of the day.
If your cat wants to curl up on their tower or in the corner of the closet, let them feel free to do so. However, if they jump up on the couch next to you, take the time to pet them and take a nap with them. Cleaning can wait until tomorrow.
Hosting a Cat Birthday Party
Don’t let your cat’s birthday pass by without celebrating! Instead, follow these tips to wish your furbaby a happy birthday. From only inviting their favorite humans to baking a special cat-friendly cake, there are plenty of ways you can throw a purrfect cat birthday party.
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