7 Self-Care Tips From Scuzzy The Senior Cat, An Instagram Influencer

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I’m Scuzzy! I’m a 13-year-old cat living in an apartment in Brooklyn, New York. Self-care is so important, and I’ve partnered with Friskies to help you curate your own charmed life by relying on others for the majority of your basic needs.

1. Get Moving
It feels so great to get your heart rate up and your blood flowing at the start of the day. I make sure to begin my mornings by walking across my owners’ faces with my claws emerged. If this doesn’t get them out of bed, I’ll then ram my head into them repeatedly until they finally wake up, ready to pull the (new!) Friskies Gourmet Salmon Filet Pouches down for a sampling.

2. Eat Well
Nourishing your body is a vital step in self-care. Everyone knows what their body needs, and that’s why I personally choose to eat a 5.5 ounce can of Friskies each morning at feeding time. With over 30 different flavors and all of the vital nutrients that a cat needs, how can you say no? Of course, I don’t have opposable thumbs, so I am restricted to yelling consistently until a can is provided, opened, and set down in front of me. Focus on yourself, and do what you have to do in order to be heard!

3. Meditate
I always try to be mindful, and setting some time aside each morning to yell at nothing in particular really helps me clear my head. While you might not think I have a lot to be concerned about, my insatiable craving for the sweet nectar of Friskies takes up a lot of time. Sometimes I’m in the mood for a Tasty Treasures Pate (limited time only), but I can be persuaded to explore the poultry favorites if the feeling hits me at the right time. I try to begin the session with a low, short “meow,” and gradually raise the volume of my voice until it is shrill and painful for everyone else in the vicinity.

4. Pamper & Primp
I’ve found that the more I’ve experienced as I walk through life, the more I realize how important it is to pamper yourself. I do this by licking every inch of my body. I start with my front paws, and lick in a circular motion until I’ve acquired a thick layer of my own fur on the roof of my mouth. I’ll do this for 30 minutes at a time. When I’m done with my session, I cleanse my palate with some Friskies Mixed Grill crunchy treats. They’re just what this cat needs to keep glowing!

5. Rest up
By mid-morning I’m absolutely exhausted from being fed and tended to, and so it’s break time. This is the point in my day where I’ll park it on an ottoman for a good 4-5 hours and sleep until someone is around to touch, feed, or generally pay attention to me. In my dreamlike state, I often envision myself perched atop a mountain of Surfin’ and Turfin favorites, as chicken bits and ocean whitefish glisten in the sun, surrounding me. I take the time to honor this moment, cradling a sizable portion of turkey giblets with gravy in my small, humble paws. I awaken. I am rested, well, and prepared to finish my day.

6. Tuna Time
Did I hear a can of Friskies being cracked? More like an adventure for my body, mind and soul!

7. Giving
Nothing feels better than giving to others, and I love to show appreciation to my followers by gifting them things when I can. I’ll surprise them in little ways like vomiting on the floor, coughing my hair onto their pillows or shitting outside of my litter box (tutorial available on my blog). I try to keep my own practice of gratitude as well. I light a candle each night and pray to the gods of mass-produced cat food that Friskies Seared Filets and Fine Cuts are brought to me in my waking hours. The simple thought of being gifted a handful of Party Mix treats in between bouts of screams brings tears to my eyes. I have an appetite for life, for I am a cat propelled forward by the sheer energy that Friskies provides us all every waking day.

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