Cats Are Givers, Really

Purina Cat Chow is partnering with me and several other bloggers for the "Nutrition to Build Better Lives' program.

We are totally cat people. And dog people. But for now, mostly cat people. When Luke was diagnosed with cancer and began his chemotherapy treatments, his oncologist strongly urged us to rehome our feline 4th family member because of the potential for germs. Because chemo lowers you body's ability to fight off germs, Luke was at a greater risk for acquiring an infection from touching or playing with the cat or even having him sleep in the same room in the house. Keeping our kitty was never in doubt and we came up with a compromise that let us keep our mighty orange tabby.

For nine long months Luke could not have the cat sleep in his room, could not snuggle with him at all, and if he touched him - he had to immediately wash his hands. The rest of the family was able to love on our cat as much as we could - but for Luke the cat was pretty much off limits.

This was sheer TORTURE for a little boy who adored his buddy "Kitty"so much.

You can imagine how Luke was overjoyed when his treatment was over and he could finally pick up, hold and snuggle his best bud. When he had his room made over last fall, the one request for his bed was that he have a bed big enough so that he could sleep on one side and the cat could sleep on the other. Having the freedom to play with the cat without restriction was one of the many ways Luke began to heal after treatment.

"Kitty" gives our family so much joy. And just as he gives us so much, our family wants to share how you can give back to every cat that is waiting for a forever home in shelters, humane societies and other welfare organizations. 

Seeking to provide cats who are waiting to be adopted healthy and nutrition rich cat food, Purina Cat Chow has started the "Nutrition Builds Better Lives" program.

Purina has a goal: Five million meals to shelter cats all over the country. And the best news you can help! During the month of July, for every bag of Purina Cat Chow you buy your cat, a meal will be donated to a cat in need. That's a win-win. It can be any size bag too! Healthy food for both your cat and a cat in desperate need of nutrition, so he/she can grow big and strong.

I didn't know that around 3.4 million United States cats are taken in by shelters and only half of those cats are adopted. I also didn't know that Purina has donated more than $845,000 in food, supplies and renovations to aid in the rescue, nutrition and adoption of cats in welfare organizations. That's so rad. Purina is working with Rescue Bank. 

The money you donate goes directly to this non-profit organization that operates like a food bank to gather and distribute quality pet food and other supplies throughout the U.S. Organizations are then able to use the savings from their food budgets for critical veterinary care to increase the adoption of healthy pets. 

We purchased Purina Cat Chow to give back. Our Kitty could smell it as I pulled it out of the grocery bag and devoured the cup we put down! 

You can purchase Purina Cat Chow at your local grocer and almost anywhere cat food is sold. If you would like to donate your Purina Cat Chow purchase, you can buy it via Amazon and have it sent to your local animal shelter - giving twice!

Connect With Purina and follow along with their Nutrition Builds Better Lives" initiative. And follow the #CatChowCares hashtag on your favorite social media platform!

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Disclosure: Purina Cat Chow is partnering with me to participate in its ‘Nutrition to Build Better Lives’ program. As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services for the purpose of promoting Purina Cat Chow. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.


  1. What a great post. Animals have such a healing presence. Your story of your son reminded me of my sister who went though cancer as well. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Wow! What a powerful story...Thanks for sharing it with us!

  3. Oh my goodness. I am so glad they can hug each other again!

  4. No doubt in my mind that Kitty helped him heal even from afar :)