'Cat will not be required to eat lasagna if contraindicated.'
Editor's note: This article was originally published on October 10, 2022. It has since been updated.
Cats are great companions to human beings and fill their owners' lives with joy and comfort every day. They are also known to lower people's levels of stress and anxiety. They are the perfect pet for children, and many young kids love the comic strip "Garfield" about the antics of a large orange cat who happens to love lasagna. A mother whose young children loved Garfield posted an adorable ad looking to borrow an orange cat that looked like him.
The flier she made was shared by Twitter user @RavennaTran. It reads, "Wanted: to BORROW an orange cat for 24-48 hours, to have a lasagne dinner with Garfield-loving 4-year-old and 2-year-old children." The woman, Clara Edwards, further adds that the cat will be well taken off during the duration and will be returned in a happy condition. "Cat will not be required to eat lasagna if contraindicated," she adds.
She humorously requests that whoever lets her borrow the cat should take it back in the end as she is not looking to adopt. She concluded the ad by writing, "Thank you, An increasingly desperate (but not crazy) mom-of-two with no friends that own orange cats."
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
The ad made rounds on the internet with people responding with adorable pictures of their orange cats that they can let her borrow. One Twitter user replied with a photo of their cat and wrote, "Luna here has been working on her Garfield bod, maybe next time." Another added, "My cat would have worked if he wasn't sleeping lol." Edwards was ultimately successful in having a Garfield-themed dinner party for her kids with an orange cat.
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
Edwards told INSIDER that she was prompted to look for a cat to fulfill the wish of her oldest child. 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." The mother from Oklahoma first asked family and friends before turning to Craigslist and fliers around the area. She even hung up a sign at her office.
After almost two months, she found a cat that looked like the comic character. The cat belonged to a medical student in Oklahoma City and as Edwards was also pursuing her Ph.D. in nursing, Christi didn't feel like a "complete stranger." Christi and Connor were just fostering the cat at the time but ended up adopting it. Edwards added, "They're really great people and we're still in contact. My kids get to meet a cat and we have friends now."
The owners of the cat even showed up at the party and bought cupcakes with orange icing to suit the theme. Moreover, after seeing her ad, the frozen food brand Stouffer donated a lasagna for dinner. Edwards says what she did was not extraordinary and is her responsibility as a parent. "Moms do this all the time for their kids, they really do. I really like hearing their stories," she added.