Monday, February 11, 2013

Cats Own The Runway At New York Fashion Week!!


Purina ONE® teams up with Tracy Reese 
to showcase the True NatureTM of Cats


Purina ONE® showed the world how to really work the runway, turning heads at this year’s New York Fashion Week with cats on leashes during the 2013 Fall Collection Show by Tracy Reese, one of America’s most celebrated designers, on February 10.

As part of the Purina ONE brand cat food’s True NatureTM of Cats movement and the launch of Purina ONE® SMARTBlend® Healthy MetabolismTM wet and dry formulas, Purina ONE is challenging misconceptions about cats, beginning with the idea they can’t be leash-trained.

Purina ONE challenges misconceptions by featuring leash-trained cats during Fashion Week in New York as part of Purina ONE's Healthy Metabolism launch, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.
 (Jason DeCrow/Invision for Purina ONE/AP Images)
I was shocked to read that some people think that cats can't be leash-trained because my first cat, Bobo, ALWAYS walked on a leash! It was one of his favorite activities! I often took him to the park where he would walk on his leash like a dog, he would even sit on my shoulder and from the rear view people thought he was a raccoon! 

“The True Nature of Cats movement is about letting our cats be who they were born to be by providing proper nutrition and enriching experiences,” said Nida Bockert, Purina ONE spokesperson. “For example, leash training is a great way to incorporate activity into your cat’s life and give them an enriched experience, and we showed that in a big way at Fashion Week.”

Purina ONE and Tracy Reese put a leash-trained cat center stage to highlight the True Nature of cats during the Tracy Reese Fall 2013 collection show at Fashion Week, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 in New York. 
(Jason DeCrow/Invision for Purina ONE/AP Images)

Tracy Reese is the perfect partner for this unique event. “As a designer, I draw inspiration from everything around me, including cats,” she said. “I loved the idea of incorporating cats into the runway show; cats have a lot of energy, which was the perfect complement to the models and my new line.”

Through domestication, it can be harder for cats to live according to their true nature. So Purina ONE is examining how to awaken your cat’s true nature and enrich their life at home every day. By studying African wildcats, believed to be the closest ancestor to the domestic cat, Purina ONE identified several ways to help your cat be who she was born to be, including the right activity and proper nutrition. This was the inspiration behind the new Healthy Metabolism wet and dry formulas, which are specially formulated for the changing nutritional needs of spayed and neutered cats. Find out more about Healthy Metabolism wet and dry formulas and how to discover your cat’s true nature at 


With clients like First Lady Michelle Obama and partnerships with some of the biggest brands, Tracy Reese is a mainstay in America’s fashion industry. Along with her flagship store in New York, you can find her lines at retailers including Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom.

About Purina ONE brand cat food
At Purina ONE, we closely study every aspect of cats, and do our best to provide products that reflect their nutritional needs, while empowering owners to gain a deeper understanding of their cats. Our goal is to provide cat owners with outstanding or excellent nutrition for the cats they love, helping promote whole body health.

All Purina ONE SMARTBlend™® formulas contain real meat, fish or poultry, along with dual defense antioxidants and Omega-6 fatty acids. Our products give cats the taste they love and the nutrition they need. Our Targeted nutrition formulas are optimized for your cat’s lifestyle, providing balanced nutrition for each life stage.

About Nestlé Purina              
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company is a global leader in the pet care industry and promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. The North American headquarters for Nestlé Purina is located at Checkerboard Square in St. Louis, Missouri. Nestlé Purina is part of Swiss-based Nestlé, the world's leading nutrition, health and wellness company.

Full Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I am a Member of the Purina Cat Blogger Panel where I help spread the word about all of the things that Purina is up to and I am proud to do it!



16 comments:

  1. How cool is this!?! This *almost* makes me want to get that pink leash and harness out. Almost.
    ; ) Katie

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    1. OMG Katie Bobo used to LOVE walking on a leash. Cody doesn't enjoy it at all but Bobo loved it! Give it a try!

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  2. I've had people laugh at me for putting cats on leads saying it's cruel, I'd say It's a lot worse if they get run over by a car.

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  3. One of the first things I did when I adopted my tabby, Henry, was buy him a harness and leash and I took him to the park where he sat by me and wandered around to his heart's content. I also took him to the tennis court, closed the gate and let him run around. He loved it!

    By the way, your caption was chosen as the winner of the Silly Saturday Photo Caption Contest this weekend! You are a 2 time champion!

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    1. Hi April! Do you believe that Bobo had a DOG COLLAR and leash? I was so paranoid that I would lose him that I did that. I never tried a harness on him, maybe I should try that with Cody.
      YAY about winning again! I subscribe to your blog so will definitely be over! I forgot what it was that I said! lol Thank you!

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  4. I have 2 cats who don't want to be leashed trained but I can see how others might! Have a great day.

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    1. Kten they sound like Cody. Cody really wants no part of it. You have a great day too!

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  5. This is so contradictory. First they wanna leash train cats, then they say they want cats to live according to their true nature, which I doubt includes walking on a leash. The peeps actually used to take their first cat out on a leash but they'd NEVER get a leash on me. I keep it real. "The True Nature of Cats movement is about letting our cats be who they were born to be" and that has nothing to do with walking on a leash.

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    1. CK I think it depends on the cat. You make a good point but my Angel Bobo LOVED being taken out on leash. Maybe it was in his "true nature" that I should have let him out without a leash but guess what, I didn't want him killed by a car or other animals. He always allowed me to put the leash on willingly.
      I tried it on Cody once who wanted no part of it....that was it, he showed me he didn't like it and I honored that and didn't force it. I guess I was letting him be "who he was born to be" a lazy lump of an indoor cat :)

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  6. bak in hiz day gram paw dude wented outside on a leash; course him never seed de parkin lot oh a Benz dealer, but him went out all de same !!

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  7. I so wish my kitties were ok with the harness so I can go shopping with them!! LOL!!! Take care
    x

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  8. Max.... he never liked the leash... We however would be perfect angels, I'm sure.

    HA!

    Have a great day.

    hugs, Bugsy and Knuckles

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  9. Mommy tried getting Boomer to walk on a leash but it didn't go very well...she thinks maybe it's time to try again. :)

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  10. How cool, cats on the catwalk! I think that is so cool that Bobo went to the park on his leash with you.

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  11. That is so cool! We tried to put a leash and harness on Sammy once, and he laid flat on the floor and refused to move. MOL.

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