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Love making no-carve pumpkins? Have a little Halloween fun making this easy black cat pumpkin!
Every pet owner knows that when you adopt a pet, you’re not just bringing an animal home, you’re adding a new member to your family. We should know because two summers ago, we adopted two adorable kittens from animal shelters. My girls think they picked them out but I have a little secret…I really picked out one of them.
Our local Petco houses kittens from a local shelter and it was our first stop. I immediately fell in love with Amelia! She was cute and playful and the perfect kitten. Keira, my four year old, loved her too and immediately decided that this was the kitten she wanted to adopt. The problem was that, in typical four year old fashion, she wanted to adopt every other kitten she saw after that. I kept steering her back to Amelia and in the end, she decided that Amelia was the perfect kitten. I was so happy that she picked “my” kitten.
Ashling wasn’t so quick to decide and after much contemplation, and going back and forth between shelters, she chose a cutie named Sugar.
Amelia turned out to be the perfect cat for Keira. Keira is super affectionate and practically smothers her and her kitty keeps coming back for more. She lets Keira carry her around, cover her in hugs and kisses and when she was small enough to fit, she even let Keira push her around in the baby stroller. Shockingly, she never even tried to jump out!
My daughter Ashling adores her cat too and the feeling is mutual! Sugar sleeps with her every night and snuggles up to her when she’s at the computer. Having pets has taught both girls a lot about unconditional love and responsibility and adopting them was one of the best things we’ve ever done for our girls.
Because they are such important members of our family, we want to make sure we take good care of our kitties and we find everything we need at Petco. My girls love shopping there because they can check out the birds, hamsters and of course, the kittens that have been brought over from the shelter. I love it because they’ve got everything we need in one place. It’s where we go for our scratching posts, cat toys, kitty litter and especially the Purina® Muse® wet and dry food that our cats love. Since it’s made with natural ingredients, we know our pets are getting the nutrition they need.
Something I recently learned is that alternating between wet and dry food is really good for cats. I had no idea that switching between them helps with both oral and digestive health so I’m trying to do more of it. Lucky for us, Petco has plenty of both to choose from.
Our favorite Purina Muse Dry Food is the Charmed With Chicken with natural chicken, egg and pumpkin. It contains essential ingredients, featuring natural chicken as the #1 ingredient, accents of spinach and no corn, wheat or soy. If your cat is a fan of salmon, you may want to give Sailing With Salmon dry food a try too.
Our choice for wet food is the Natural Duck Recipe because it makes me feel like I’m spoiling our kitties. It’s made with natural and essential ingredients and contains no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. What’s not to love about a natural duck recipe with spinach and sweet potatoes? Your cats can also try natural recipes with quail, tuna, pheasant, chicken and more.
Our cats seemed to think both the wet and the dry Purina Muse choices were pretty yummy!
Purina Muse is so sure that your cats are going to love their food that they offer the Muse Clean Plate™ guarantee. If your cat decides he or she doesn’t like it, just return it and you’ll get your money back.
You can even let your cats try it out first by getting free samples of Purina Muse wet and dry cat food while supplies last. Just text Muse to 62066 for your free sample.
My girls are always thinking about their cats so when I was making no carve pumpkins recently, they decided I needed to make a cat pumpkin. It sounded like a great idea to me and we agreed that it should be a black cat pumpkin for Halloween. It was so easy to make that you can do it too! Here’s what you’ll need…
Pumpkin (real or fake)
Black acrylic paint
Foam sheets: black, pink and sparkly green
Black chenille (a.k.a. pipe cleaners)
Ribbon for collar
How To Make A Black Cat Pumpkin
The first thing I needed to do was pick up some black acrylic paint from the craft store.
Next I needed a pumpkin. You can use a real or a fake pumpkin for this project. I love these cheap foam ones because we can save them and use them as Halloween decor every year.
Depending on the pumpkin you use, it may need more than one coat. This foam pumpkin took two coats.
While waiting for the black paint to dry, I started on the ears. I made two black triangles, then two slightly smaller pink ones.
After cutting them out, I used hot glue to put them together.
At first, I thought they would work as is but quickly realized that the bottom of the triangle wouldn’t fit flush with the pumpkin.
I cut a curved shape along the bottom of the ears, a little at a time, until they fit just right.
I glued the ears on with the majority of the hot glue in back so it wouldn’t be noticeable
Next, I cut the eyes out of sparkly green foam.
I turned it over and drew a circle on the back for an eye. After cutting out the first eye, I traced it to make a matching one (this is the easiest way to make both eyes exactly the same size).
Then I used some of the black foam scraps to make skinny diamonds and hot glued them to the middle of the eyes.
Since the green foam had a sticky back, I was able stick these directly to the pumpkin…no glue needed.
Next, I cut out a small pink triangle and rounded the corners. I also took two pieces of chenille and cut them into thirds. Using hot glue, I attached the nose and whiskers, then painted on a mouth.
For the tail, I gathered 18 strands of yarn (you can use more or less, depending on how thick you want the tail) and tied them together at the top with a small piece of yarn. After separating the yarn into thirds, I made a braid and tied the end with another piece of yarn. I attached it to the back with more hot glue (if you don’t already know, hot glue is a crafter’s best friend)
This sparkly ribbon was perfect for making a collar.
The original plan was to peel off the sticky back and stick it directly to the pumpkin. However, I realized that it wouldn’t lay flat and wasn’t going to look the way I wanted. With the pumpkin sitting on the table, I wrapped the collar around the cat to see where to add the glue. Little by little, I went around the cat, gluing the collar in place. I never took off the sticky back.
Turn it over and you’ve got your collar.
Now we have a black cat pumpkin for Halloween and I love how easy it was! Next year my girls want to make Amelia and Sugar copycats. It may be more difficult but I’m totally up for the challenge!
Have your cats tried the new Purina Muse selections yet? What flavors do you think they’d like best?
Look out for a new range of Masterpieces Dry Formulas coming in February of 2018!
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