Every year I do something small to celebrate his life, because cmon, he doesn't have forever. The other day my boyfriend was looking at me like I was crazy for wanting to buy Max a birthday gift, which is when I pointed out to him that at best Max will have 15 years on this earth, making each birthday that much more special. I don't know if he fully got it, but whatever, the package is on it's way here anyways.
If you love your pet as much as I do, here's how to celebrate their birthday without getting yourself a one way ticket to a psych evaluation. Also, enjoy the photos of Max throughout the years.
1. Prepare a special mealTypically on Max's birthday I make sure to buy his favorite wet organic food from this fancy pet store outside the city. Because I spend so much time near the water nowadays, the plan is to go purchase some freshly caught fish for him and his buddy to feast on together.
If you have a dog, you can do the same or shower them with a basket of new bones or treats to chew on. Some people have even managed to create birthday cake that is safe for dogs to eat, or wine that's infused with catnip for the cat lovers out there.
2. Invite over their palsThis is probably easier if you have a dog, but friendly cats can also mingle if you do it right. Because Max isn't fully into the whole being leashed thing, he'll be celebrating his day with his best friend, Lafayette. They have sleepovers to the point where they bounce from his house to mine, I don't think they've been separated since they met.
For dog moms and dads, you can go on a group walk, visit a dog park together, or just invite a bunch over and watch them tear the place apart. It's their birthday, they should be able to get away with a little bit.
3. Buy a giftI am the first to admit that my cat is very spoiled. He has more toys than he could ever need, he eats a better diet than myself, and probably brushes his hair more often too. This year I decided to get him something he needed rather than wanted, which is why I purchased him a pet water fountain.
Pet water fountains have so many benefits, the first being they can help prevent cat urinary infections, which is what led to Max visiting the vet multiple times last month. If you aren't sure what to purchase your pet, I definitely recommend this gift option!
4. Photograph everythingWhat's a birthday party without photos to remember it with? Every year we make sure to photograph the big moments, like New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day. I warned you I was a crazy cat lady. Because I was so young when I had my last pet, I now have no photos to remember her by, which is why I'm basically Max's personal paparazzi now.
If you wanna go above and beyond, you can build a backdrop or just buy a birthday banner and pin it to the wall. Just make sure to pin it like 10 feet lower than usual so they four legged attendees can enjoy it too.
5. Spoil them rottenIf throwing an actual party is just too much for you, you can go the traditional route and just spoil the hell out of your pets for the day. For dogs I'd recommend buying that fancy food that comes from the refrigerated section, or some raw fish for cats. One day of no scolding or kicking them out of the bathroom while you get ready should be enough to make it special for them.
Do you spoil your pets on their birthday? If so, is is something you do in private or are you loud and proud about it like I am??