Fancy Feast Ornament To Benefit Adopt-A-Pet (Holiday Gift Guide)

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fancy feast 1Last Christmas, on our half day drive back to North Carolina from New York, I lost it. I cried worse than a kid of her first day of preschool.

See, my entire family is in New York and the only person I really knew and saw on a regular basis was the UPS guy. And then his route got changed. And since I work at home 14 hours a day, it’s hard for me to meet new people unless they come to my door on the regular.

I was lonely and sad and homesick and spending two great weeks at home with my parents and my grandma and my brothers and my friends, it made for a really difficult car ride home.

Between my sobs, Pete said, “Let’s get your kitten.”

“Really?” I said.

See, I wanted a kitten so badly, but Pete is allergic. And he’s a dog person. But he was serious. He knew a kitten would make me happy and would give me some company too. So the weekend after we got back, we went out and adopted our kitten, Totes McGotes, and my life was forever changed. I absolutely love my kitten and can’t imagine our lives without him. I also have a huge spot in my heart for pet adoptions now.

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See, before we adopted Totes, he was not happy. He was a stray and then in foster care. His foster mom told us how he was so docile and his brother (who had been adopted) was the wild one. Why would someone prefer the wild one? He was prettier. Totes, he’s a black cat and, unfortunately, black cats are half as likely to get adopted as gray cats (according to a Huffington Post infographic). According to this SFGate article, black cats can sit in shelters for months and are far more likely to be euthanized.

It breaks my heart. But, I understand. When we found out Totes (named, non-creatively, Mr. Blacky, at the time) was the only kitten left, I wasn’t sure that I wanted him. I wanted a cute kitten and one that was a little younger (Totes was four months at the time, but a huge kitten).

But he left Pete pick him up and walk around with him on his shoulder for just under an hour. I held him while he got a booster shot and could feel his heart racing, but he was too scared to flinch. He was it. He was ours.

We brought him home and after a couple days, he became super comfortable with us and started running around like a crazy cat. He tore the biggest hole in my favorite pair of sweats from being wild and jumping on — and quickly off — my lap. Every once in a while, when it’s 3am and he is running marathons around the apartment, I’ll ask him where the calm little kitten went.

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Adopting Totes was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made, and I absolutely encourage anyone who has the room and ability to do the same. Fancy Feast agrees. If you head over to, you’ll be able to purcahse a white, porcelain cat-shaped ornament for $2. The entire cost of the ornament goes directly to Adopt-A-Pet, so 100% of each and every purchase goes to North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption charity. The charity helps thousands of shelter and rescue animals find homes. The ornament comes with a leather hanging strap and is has FF ’14 written on it. It’s actually the perfect ornament for Totes. Not only is┬áthe year we brought him into our lives written on it, Fancy Feasts Broths are his new favorite treat. I got a tuna variety as a sample (which I posted about on Drugstore Divas when it was available, so you may have gotten it too), and Totes inhaled it. I put it in a bowl for him and he didn’t look up until it was finished. When Fancy Feast sent the ornament for review, Totes pulled on the strap and tried to play with it — until he noticed the Fancy Feast Broths. He started meowing and jumping at me, then walked me over to his bowl to serve him.

He’s lucky I love him.

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  1. Aria H.

    November 26, 2014 at 2:00 am

    Awwwww, what a funny and sweet and happy story! I might get one of those ornaments for my “adopted” aunt who has a cat.

    1. drugstore diva lisa

      November 27, 2014 at 1:55 am

      Thanks Aria =] You definitely should. It’s a cute ornament and a good cause.

  2. Aria H.

    November 26, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Cats are 100% carnivores. What is this with putting vegetables in their food?

    1. drugstore diva lisa

      November 27, 2014 at 1:55 am

      My cat loves cheese, so don’t tell him he’s supposed to eat meat only hahaha.

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