Meet Padme, Our Newest Family Member 1


It was December, Christmas was approaching and every time I cleaned out our daughters backpack, I found hand-drawn pictures of kittens. We asked her what she wanted for Christmas and you know what she said “I just want a kitten. All I want is a kitten.” We went and saw Santa and you can guess how that went, “Hi Santa! I’d like a kitten please!”

Growing up, my family had all sorts of animals. We had a golden retriever (best dog ever), outdoor cats, chickens and rabbits. Memories of being outside with my animals as a kid are some of my favorite so, this kitten she wanted was hard to say no to. 

When we heard a sweet friend from MOPS had a kitten who would be ready right around Christmas, we couldn’t help but be in. For Christmas, our girl would get a kitten and 2 months later, it’s pretty wild around here, but we have no regrets!
One of the things that makes me an advocate for kids to have animals (adopted when possible!), is the responsibility factor. There’s something so good about allowing our children to know how it feels to care for another living thing and to treat it with kindness and respect. She wanted this kitten so do you think I do all the work taking care of it? No way. The cutest part is how joyfully she’s taken this on.

Not only did I want to introduce ya’ll to the newest member of our family, but I also wanted to talk a little about what we’ve been feeding her! It’s mealtime madness around here when Padme goes crazy over her Freshpet food. Of course, the kids think it’s hilarious!

Here’s a little more about the food we’ve been loving:

  • Freshpet is a refrigerated and all natural pet food made with fresh ingredients
  • Freshpet never uses artificial or chemical preservatives, or any mysterious ingredients like chicken meal
  • Freshpet is just like a home cooked meal you’d make for your pet
  • Learn more about Freshpet’s benefits of a fresh diet here
  • Check out Freshpet’s amazing transformational stories as well as how pets have gone completely wild at mealtime here

Made with fresh, all natural ingredients and no artificial preservatives, Freshpet truly makes a difference in the way Padme acts and feels. She is a hyper little thing but it’s so fun to see how even after a couple months, the kids are so crazy about her. I’ve been wanting to be a Mom who says “yes” more often and doesn’t take everything so seriously. I’m so glad I said “yes” to her!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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About Angela Strand

Angela is a wife, mama to three little ones and a lifelong Washington State resident. Besides facilitating the NW Healthy Mama website, she loves being involved in her kids' school, hiking with her girlfriends, growing all the things, writing, reading and taking photos.


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  • Colleen

    Angela, I love Padme who looks just like our cat. Looks like it is a girl Tuxedo. I have a tomcat Tuxedo that was a stray who came to our backdoor. Although Tuxedos are not a breed, I can say they are very smart animals. Our Tuxedo, Ascot [from his white bib] is a great communicator. We absolutely LOVE him. So nice you are teaching your daughter about the importance of caring for a cat. We will be moving back to Washington state north of Seattle next year. Also love Floret!!!!!!!