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Happy Adopt-i-versary to Morris the Cat!
As a kid I remember falling in love with Morris on the 9Lives® commercials and I always wanted a cat just like him. While I didn’t end up with a lovable orange tabby with a ton of personality, I did end up with a sassy black long hair cat and a devoted Siamese cat.
That’s basically the same thing, right?
This year is advertising icon, Morris the Cat’s 50th Adopt-i-versary! While I have always been aware of Morris’ charm in commercials, I didn’t realize he had such an amazing life story.
To start things off, check out this fun video telling the story of Morris the Cat.
That’s not the whole story though.
Have you heard of Morris’ Million Cat Rescue®?
Morris started his adventure off as a rescue cat, which he’s never forgotten, and he’s always wanted to give back to his community. In 2007 he launched Morris’ Million Cat Rescue® with a goal to save animals in need of a forever home and he won’t rest until every cat finds a home. That’s pretty fantastic stuff right there.
Celebrating with Morris
In honor of Morris the Cat’s 50th Adopt-i-versary I thought we’d give 9Lives a try, so we headed out to Dollar General to pick some up.
They make it easy to find! In addition to grabbing a few cans of 9Lives® Hearty Cuts Beef & Chicken in Gravy for Bagheera, I found 9Lives Daily Essentials dry food for Arthur.
Use this coupon to pick up some 9Lives wet food so your cats can celebrate with Morris too!
When we got home I decided we would celebrate with Morris the best way possible. I created a feeder puzzle for the cats.
Since the 9Lives brand champions all cats, and is dedicated to the health and happiness of cats everywhere, why not give my cats a game they can conquer with a delicious reward.
DIY Feeder Puzzle Enrichment Toy
Start off by gathering your supplies.
We used an empty tissue box, toilet paper rolls, a glue gun, cat toys and then pick the cutting tool of your choice to cut cardboard. Oh, don’t forget a treat for the cats! We used the 9Lives Daily Essentials dry food.
First I removed the plastic from the tissue box. 9Lives is for eating, plastic is not. We want to keep our cats as safe and healthy as possible, so removing potential hazards like this is a must.
Next I used the toilet paper rolls as a guide and traced four circles on the short ends of the tissue box. I off centered them with one on the top and the other on the bottom, repeating on the opposite side.
Time to cut out those circles. I had to use the glue gun to make sure the flaps of the tissue box stayed down. The pressure from cutting released the original adhesive and I needed this toy to stand up to some rough housing, kitty style.
After the holes are cut, glue the toilet paper rolls inside the box next to their corresponding hole. It doesn’t have to be perfect. I found when it’s not perfect, it gives the cats another space to look into the box to study it’s contents and strategize.
Find all the cat toys you can and start deciding what is going in the box for some added fun. Our choice was the red spring, the crinkle ball, and a ball with a bell.
The spring gave the cats something to grasp onto in their explorations. The bell provided a sound and reminder there was something inside the box. As for the crinkle ball? My cats find the sound irresistible, so every time they swat it and make a sound inside the box, the feeder puzzle become so much more exciting to them.
Place your toys inside the box, and you’re almost done!
The last step in construction of your feeder puzzle is to close up the big hole at the top of the tissue box. I cut two strips of card stock and glued them to the inside of the hole. This allows your cat to reach inside, but toys and food won’t fall out as easily during playtime.
Before you give your feeder puzzle to your cats make sure the glue is completely cooled and dry. Then check it over for any hot glue strings. These are the thin strands of glue that seem to show up whenever you pull the glue gun away from whatever is being used. Maybe it’s just me that has that problem? Either way, it’s possible, so double check the entire toy is clear of them.
Fill up your toy with dry food and let your cats have the time of their lives!
Should that be the time of their 9Lives? Ha!
Time for the Celebration
Arthur loved his new toy. He explored every nook and cranny, spun it around, and managed to coerce every single bit of 9Lives out of the feeder puzzle. I was impressed with his foot work on this puzzle.
Bagheera wasn’t as enthused by the feeder puzzle. She sat back and watched all the fun, until I pulled out something that always gets her attention.
Wet cat food. In this case, the 9Lives Hearty Cuts Beef & Chicken in Gravy.
She wouldn’t even let me finish taking pictures before she jumped in to take a taste.
She’s so pleased with the flavor of the 9Lives Hearty Cuts, she’s licking her lips!
I would say our celebration for Morris the Cat’s 50th Adopt-i-versary was a success. Both cats loved their 9Lives, and they enjoyed the feeder puzzle, even if Bagheera had more of a hands off enjoyment of it.
9Lives is more than just a cat food brand, it’s a powerhouse of social conscience for cats. Their love of cats, belief that your cat deserves to live well, and the mission for finding every cat a forever home, shows they stand behind their star, Morris.
Follow Morris the Cat on Facebook for more cat charm and tips to help your cat live their best lives possible. Don’t forget to meet the rest of the Cat Pack while you’re at it. They all have personalities just about as endearing as Morris.
How will you celebrate Morris the Cat’s 50th Adopt-i-versary? Share your thoughts in the comments below!