We know dogs enjoy a good Puppuccino, but did you know cats occasionally enjoy the Starbucks treat too?
And why wouldn’t they? It’s a cup full of whipped cream goodness, and cats are known for their dairy fascination. (While cat parents know dairy isn’t good for cats, a little bit from time to time won’t harm kittens.)
In fact, for a kitten named Meredith, who’d been through a lot in her short life, the Puppuccino proved a purrfect goodbye treat after her time in foster care.
When Meredith was three-weeks-old, she and her littermates were found outside soaked by rain. Their mother was missing, and everyone was sick with parasites, respiratory infections, and infected eyes. But the babies were soon given to Foster the Furbabies in Sicklerville, NJ.
One of the founders of the rescue, Gianna Cirucci, worried over Meredith and her littermates’ condition, telling The Dodo, “Meredith was the runt of the litter, and we weren’t sure if her [sic] or her siblings were even going to make it.”
“Thankfully, they all thrived while in our care, but it definitely did not come easy for Meredith.”
She struggled with eye infections, and this meant lots of vet visits and some diminished vision. In spite of her eye problems, Meredith had no troubles with her appetite. Gianna described her as “extremely crazy when it comes to food.”
“She would try to eat anything and everything. If she smelled something I was eating, she would climb up my body and try to either eat the food out of my mouth or go face first on my plate. For being the runt of the litter, this girl had a HUGE appetite.”
Special Treat for a Special Kitten
When it was time for Meredith to go to her forever home, her foster mom wanted to give her a special treat. A quick trip through the Starbucks drive-thru, and sweet Meredith soon had her very own Puppuccino in-paw!
With Meredith’s propensity for diving into food face first, that’s just what she did with her cup. Gianna and co-founder Gabrielle had to record the silliness, “because it was a moment we never wanted to forget.”
Cat lovers everywhere are so glad they did because Meredith looks too cute and funny covered in her treat! Even the barista who served the kitten couldn’t help laughing, Gianna saying, “She had us laughing so hard, we were in tears and I was wheezing.”
“More of the pup cup got on her face than in her mouth and we cleaned her up directly after, but she definitely had a good time and enjoyed her treat,” explained Gianna. “She kept trying to pull the cup back to her face and was so upset when we wouldn’t let her have any more.”
Well-versed in the care of cats, sisters Gianna and Gabrielle of Foster Baby Cats know what’s healthy for felines and what isn’t. They knew their special kitten would be just fine with a bit of dairy, especially as most of it wound up on her face!
After her special snack, Meredith soon received the best treat of all: a forever home.
Of sweet Meredith, Gianna shared, “She was one of the very first cats we had saved since starting our rescue, and she’ll always be one of our favorites.”
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