What is the best way to organize a pet party?
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, there are over 48 million dog-owning families in the United States, about 32 million cat-owning households, and over 3.5 million bird-owning households. Pets can be therapeutic, entertaining, and cherished family members.
Whether your pet is furry, feathered, scaled, or shelled, you may have a pet party to honor all of their unique features. Here are a few suggestions.
Dog days of spring
According to the American Kennel Club, a dog's nose print is unique, just like a human fingerprint. And did you know that the sound of a human yawn can cause your dog to yawn? Throw your Fido, Clifford, or Beethoven a bone by throwing them a doggone amazing party to honor their playful, quirky, and endearing aspects. From shepherds and retrievers to lapdogs and diggers, invite some of their favorite furry buddies.
Serve your dog's favorite treats, such homemade Peanut Butter Bacon Banana Dog Treats (see strawberryblondiekitchen.com for the full recipe) or the Ziwi Good Dog Rewards Air-Dried Beef Dog Treats from the store, which were named one of The Strategist's best 10 dog treats of 2022. Also, a bacon-topped layer cake or pup-cakes are a must-have (see hepper.com for recipes and more vet-approved dessert ideas).
Make sure your pups have lots of things to do, such as a ball pit or a giant bucket for bobbing for tennis balls. Build the ultimate scavenger hunt out of old sneakers. A prize is awarded to the hound that discovers the most concealed paw covers!
A paw-ty is a cat's meow.
Cats are among the most agile and fascinating creatures on the planet, with the ability to spin their ears 180 degrees and run at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. But it's their warm, caring purr-fection that cat lovers admire the most about their great felines, not their skill. Kitties, unlike their canine counterparts, can be picky about who they play with. It's wise to keep the guest list small unless you're confident your whiskered one is a fan of another kitty.
Make sure you have a lot of catnip on hand. Carrot and Catnip Kitty Cat Treats (recipe at epicuricloud.com) or CiyvoLyeen's six-pack of plush Sushi Cat Toys with Catnip ($15.99 on Amazon) are both great ways to sneak it in. Make a scratching post palace complete with plenty of claw-digging surfaces, a catwalk, and other paw-friendly obstacles.
If you really want to go all out, build an outdoor kittytopia inspired by diycuteness.com, complete with multilevel cat (literal) trees or a bi-level shelf enclosure. Invite your cat's human visitors to dress up as cats and treat them to cake pop "yarn balls" and "hairball biscuits" (round-ball cookies covered in coconut).
Birds of a feather flock together for a get-together.
Before amassing a flock of feathery friends, keep in mind that birds can be fussy about who they mingle with; a bad match can result in more than a few feathers being lost. In light of this, if your flying buddy has a trustworthy friend or two, why not allow them to extend their wings in celebration?
Make a spread of chopped delights for beaks to bury into; almost all exotic birds love fresh fruits and vegetables (just make sure you pick ones that are safe — some produce, such as avocado, can be deadly); almost all exotic birds love fresh fruits and vegetables (just make sure you pick ones that are safe — some produce, such as avocado, can be deadly); make a spread of chopped delights for beaks to bury into. Parrots and parrotlets love parrot cookies as a special treat (Oven Fresh Bites has a number of flavor options available on Amazon.com).
Set up perches of various sizes and shapes with fun toys, ropes, and interactive elements. Many a bird has been known to "get down with the get down" while hearing a favorite melody, so play a range of enjoyable music. If your flock has its wings clipped, treat them to a luxurious outdoor birdbath and fountain.
Warming-up party for mice
Do you want to have a squeaky good time with your mouse, rat, hamster, gerbil, or guinea pig? If that's the case, the first thing you should do is get some exercise running wheels. Assemble a mini-party cap for each hamster and a seat at the miniature table for all guinea pigs. Offer a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables (based on the dietary needs and safety guidelines of your particular rodent).
Set up a rodent hide-and-seek game for rodents and their buddies. Inside a locked-in perimeter, place bare paper towel and toilet paper rolls, plastic balls, and small, safe toys (Wikihow.com offers a DIY schematic for rats that is quite straightforward to create). Just remember to keep those of the same species together and keep a close check on everyone at the party. Some small furballs may get along too well (in which case, see the following party idea!).
There's new littering!
Is there a baby on the way for your cat, bird, hamster, horse, or hound? When fresh litters arrive in the world, delight your family and friends. Invite a small party for a quiet viewing of the new arrivals after the new mothers have had time to recover and acclimatize. Send out baby shower invitations in advance of your pet's birth, and don't forget to "register" on Amazon.com or at your local pet store. After all, the new mother will be grateful with toys, snacks, and grooming necessities for her new family.
Find your furry best friend.
Do you want to get a pet but don't know where to start? Consider throwing a party to celebrate the adoption of a new pet. Collaborate with a local animal shelter, particularly one that has a large number of adoptable animals. Print images of adoptable pets, write a little bio about each one (e.g., This is Barkley, a 5-year-old beagle who enjoys nighttime walks and scratches behind his ears), and pin them to a clothesline. Adoption application paperwork with any fees and other necessary details should be provided on clipboards. Serve animal-themed meals and drinks to visitors as they consider which pet to adopt or foster — puppuccinos (cappuccinos), meow mix (Chex mix), Goldfish crackers (in a genuine glass fishbowl), and cheesecake triangles (made to look like mice).