Mom-of-two posts heartwarming ad to borrow orange cat for her daughters' Garfield-themed lasagna party
Mothers go to all possible extents to see their kids smile. One such heartwarming incident came to light when a Twitter user @RavennaTran shared a flier she found hung somewhere that was asking to borrow an orange cat for 24-48 hours because the mother wanted to have a Garfield-themed lasagna party with her children. It was posted by the Twitter user Clara Edwards who goes by the username @swallownurse. She later shared the updates of her little party through her Twitter account and YouTube channel.
Clara Edwards was able to find a medical student named Christi in Oklahoma who agreed on lending their cat and helped Clara successfully host the party. As per the updates shared by Clara, Christi also attended the party and brought cupcakes with orange icing to fit the theme. 'Garfield' had cat lasagna during the party and also played dress-up with the two children.
User Ravenna Tran shared a flier's picture on her Twitter account with the caption, "this is a good mom." The tweet went viral as it was an ad asking to borrow a cat for a mother's party she wanted to throw for 4-year-old and 2-year-old children. The ad read "Wanted: to BORROW an orange cat for 24-48 hours, to have a lasagna dinner with Garfield-loving 4-year-old and 2-year-old children."
She further stated in the ad how the cat would be going in a harmless environment. The ad further read, "Will return cat happy and cared for. Cat will not be required to eat lasagna if contraindicated."
She also proposed the request to the "cat lenders" that they want a friendly cat and would want to return it after the party as the mother was not looking for any adoption. She said in the ad, "Please. No feral cats. And please take your cat back at the end. Not looking to adopt. Thank you."
She also humorously ended the ad with a signature, "An increasingly desperate (but not crazy) mom-of-two with no friends that own orange cats."
this is a good mom pic.twitter.com/Mq54b2PLmc— Ravenna Tran (@RavennaTran) October 8, 2022
As she said, she did not have any friends who could lend her an orange cat because nobody owned one. Before posting fliers and ads on craigslist, Clara Edwards did try to look for the required cat among her circle. The tweet and the ad went viral and to the same thread, people had some very adorable responses. One user replied with a picture of their orange cat saying, "Luna here has been working on her Garfield bod, maybe next time." While another user also said that if sleep was not their cat's priority they would have happily let the mother borrow the cat. The user replied, "My cat would have worked if he wasn't sleeping lol."
Luna here has been working on her Garfield bod, maybe next time pic.twitter.com/5sukQiNjAX— Brandon (@BrandonDieleman) October 9, 2022
My cat would have worked if he wasn't sleeping lol pic.twitter.com/9voTPfTlwu— Heather_Bakes_A_Story (@owlpost28) October 9, 2022
Clara later shared the updates of the party on her account. She posted the picture of "Garfield" wearing a crown and said, "Meet Garfield!!! He came... He ate cat-lasagna (wet and dry)... He played dressup.... thank you everyone that helped make this possible! My kids LOVED Garfield!" And later in another update she shared the picture of her two daughters having lasagna with their "Garfield" during the party and said, "One last photo from our Garfield dinner 😻 thank you again!"
Meet Garfield!!! He came... He ate cat-lasagna (wet and dry @9LivesCatFood)... He played dressup.... thank you everyone that helped make this possible! My kids LOVED Garfield! @lauren_jade44 @stouffers @mashable @reddit @travisfortnum @Garfield pic.twitter.com/MpORrfoA95— Clara Edwards (@swallownurse) August 12, 2018
One last photo from our Garfield dinner 😻 thank you again! @lauren_jade44 @mashable @USATODAY @YahooNews @stouffers @DailyMirror @nypost @TheEllenShow @reddit @9LivesCatFood @OKCFOX @Garfield @travisfortnum pic.twitter.com/E4lZe2zLdI— Clara Edwards (@swallownurse) August 12, 2018
She also shared a short video on her YouTube channel with the updates from the party.
In an interview with INSIDER, Clara revealed the story behind the whole incident and said one day her elder daughter Madison wanted to have lasagna but was upset since, Garfield, her favourite cartoon character who also loves lasangna, was not there at the party. That is where the hunt began and she was able to find the cat after about two months. She went to all the extents possible and even hung up a sign at her office.
To quote Clara, she said, "A lot of people actually think it was a birthday, but it was just for fun. Our oldest, Madison, just wanted to eat lasagna. We cooked her lasagna and she got sad because Garfield wasn’t there. That’s what really started it."
A med student Christi from Oklahoma responded to her ad on craigslist and that is how the hunt came to an end and she successfully hosted a lasagna party for her daughters. The "lenders" also brought cupcakes with orange icing. Additinally, the frozen food brand Stouffer's also donated a lasagna to this viral party. Clara who is also a PhD in nursing said about Christi and Conor, "It didn’t feel like it was a complete stranger. They're really great people and we're still in contact. My kids get to meet a cat and we have friends now."
Mentioning about how mother's love can go to all extents to see their kids smile, she said, "Moms do this all the time for their kids, they really do, really like hearing their stories."