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The Ice Bucket Challenge? Not for My Cats -- They're All About the MICE Bucket Challenge

My kitties and I invented some alternatives, but is the Catnip Challenge really a challenge for a cat?

 |  Aug 29th 2014  |   7 Contributions


If you're like me, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been all over your social media feeds. I've seen some clever ones, for sure, and am glad these videos have brought additional awareness to the debilitating disease and increased funding for research. If you haven't donated to ALS, you can do it right here.

As always, I was thinking about the humor in cats doing "people things." I would never, ever subject a cat to any sort of water-related challenge. And believe me, they'd never agree to it. They did want to do their part, however, and raise awareness around cat-related causes. With that in mind, they suggested five challenges they'd be willing to do. Honestly, I don't think any of them are really challenges for them, but I indulged them anyway. They were for good causes. 

For the bucket-type challenges, they chose kibble, cat treats, toy mice, hair elastics and catnip. Here's a quick Vine summarizing how they all went down. No cats were harmed in the dumping of these items.

Here's a closer look.

1. The Kibble Challenge

Cosmo and Saffy's challenge? Who can eat more pieces?

The kitties were really nervous about this challenge, but I questioned them right away. I mean, who doesn't dream of food falling from the sky? I know I do. I think I want to do a brownie challenge. 

2. The Cat Treat Challenge

The challenge? There really is none.

They almost chickened out on the Cat Treat Challenge, but finally gave in because they wanted to support cats in need. They're so brave, aren't they? The things they do to help their fellow cats.

3. The Toy Mouse Challenge

Overwhelmed by the number of mice, Phoebe doesn't know where to begin.

It's quite uncomfortable to be surrounded by cat toys. Poor babies! I admire their feline fortitude. 

4. The Hair Elastic Challenge

Saffy: "Is it my birthday?"

Hair elastics! My cats were wary about this challenge because, really, what cat wants to be surrounded by a dozen or more of those things? They will do anything in the name of cat rescue. Bless their little hearts. 

5. The Catnip Challenge

Phoebe: "Am I dreaming or is it raining catnip? No matter."

Is any challenge with the word "catnip" in it really a challenge? No way. Raining catnip? Yes, please! In fact they wanted to do this challenge several times; however, they kept assuring me it was a real burden to clean all the catnip off their heads. 

Overall, I'm really proud of my kitties. They looked at the Ice Bucket Challenge model and knew they could bear similar discomfort and help causes that are important to them. Poor babies -- covered in catnip, toys and treat. What a bunch of troupers!

Cosmo, Saffy and Phoebe did their part and now encourage you to make a donation to your favorite cat-tastic organization. We are fans of Kitten Associates, a small rescue in Connecticut, and Feline Rescue, our favorite local rescue here in Minnesota. My kitties also say you're welcome to dump cat treats on top of your cat's head. In fact, they encourage it.  

 What type of challenge would your cat suggest? Tell us about them in the comments!

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About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (birthed right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food. 

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