Do you have a cat at home that you like to make feel really special? Meet Kreacher, our rescue kitty, he takes a back seat to the dog some days, but we still love him and try to spoil him as best we can!
In the winter of 2009, my husband was heading out on a ten day trip without me, and I knew that it was my chance to convince him that we needed a cat. Our apartment was going to get really lonely (and scary!) if I was all by myself. He eventually caved, and one night after work, I headed to the humane society to find my new fuzzy baby. I walked around, each caged cat breaking my heart, and then I saw “Sam.” When he put on those Puss in Boots eyes (which I haven’t seen since), I knew I had to bring him home.
Well, we were barely home 10 minutes before he turned into a little terror and hid in the cupboard for three days, sticking a paw out only to attack our ankles as we did dishes or were making dinner.
Given his mischievous ways, it was clear to us that “Sam” was too ordinary a name for him. My husband wanted to call him Monster, but I thought Kreacher was better, after the cantankerous house elf in Harry Potter. After all, the character was a reluctant housekeeper who slept in a kitchen cupboard.
For months, Kreacher was as cranky as an enslaved house elf, acting as if we were holding him prisoner in our home. Sensing that he had a craving for wide open spaces, we finally started letting him outdoors. Suddenly, he was a whole different cat.
Now, our black rescue cat is much more content. Letting him outdoors was like handing a house elf a sock: suddenly, Kreacher had some freedom! And with the option to come and go, he is much happier when he’s at home because now it’s on his terms.
Our cat is cuddly when he wants to be, but keeps his distance when he’s feeling independent. With the ability to go outdoors, Kreacher has become a productive worker. He does a great job patrolling the fields in summer and fall, making sure that there aren’t any critters breaking and entering into our house. In the winter he spends most of his time curled up on the foot of our bed or nestled in a basket full of blankets. But even when snow covers the ground, we know that Kreacher is on high alert to protect our little family from—well—creatures!
Because of his willingness to work so hard, (he is not enslaved here, after all!) I love to repay my impish little guard-cat with a gourmet meal of Meow Mix Bistro. Plus, it’s easy to keep on hand because I can pick it up on my weekly errand trip to Walmart.
My picky kitty is partial to the Meow Mix Bistro Salmon flavor. It’s made with real salmon and makes for a complete and balanced meal, so I feel good about giving him the food he craves. Since it’s made right here in the USA, I trust that the nutrition I’m giving my cat will help him keep doing the “work” he loves for a long time!
But Kreacher works hard and deserves to eat like a king. And the most rewarding part is knowing that he enjoys coming home to spend time with me, the person who takes care of him and keeps his tummy full. When he chooses to snuggle on my lap or rub his head against my legs and purr, I know his affection is genuine. I wouldn’t have it any other way; as disgruntled as he can be, I love having my Kreacher around!
Meow Mix Bistro is available at your local Walmart and will also be available on Walmart.com soon. For now, you can find out more about Meow Mix Bistro Recipes here.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.