Never Drink Alone: Turn Your Cat Into a Beer and Wine Connoisseur
Today's guest post comes to us from our favorite organic catnip company - Tabby James:
Have you ever had a moment when you were laying there enjoying a beer and you thought “man, my cat would make a great drinking buddy?” Okay, maybe that’s just us after we’ve had a couple too many.
We’re not the only ones to have the idea, though. Cats are chill, they’re great at lazing about, and you can just imagine them contemplating life’s greatest problems while pleasantly buzzed (like how is it you’ve never noticed that “taco cat” spelled backwards is “taco cat”). So it’s no wonder that a few people have tried their hand at a refreshing “alcoholic” beverages for cats.
Before we even go there: DO NOT give your cat alcohol, EVER. It’s irresponsible and can cause serious health problems or even death.
Some beverages, though, are made especially for cats and contain no actual alcohol. These are A-OK to treat your cat. Whether he’ll like it, well… that’s another story.
Drinks for Your Cat:
Nyan Nyan Nouveau
For about the equivalent of $4 a pop in Japan, you can get your cat a bottle of this non-alcoholic wine. Made from Cabernet grapes and infused with Vitamin C and catnip, the fake booze is meant to be kitty-safe. The drink had a limited run of 1000 bottles, and was meant as a way for people to share birthday and holiday celebrations with their cats.
Nyan Nyan Nouveau is supposed to taste like red wine, because your cat cares about these things. That might be why reportedly, many cats want nothing to do with it. Maybe they should have gone with fish instead of grapes? After all, when in Rome…
Pinot Meow and Moscato
Created by the US-based Apollo Peak, these non-alcoholic drinks are designed with cats in mind, not human customers. Both drinks are developed to please kitty senses with “6.3 Meownces” of lovingly developed drinks for your furry friends. The drinks are infused with organic catnip, and their sweet flavor and color comes from natural ingredients like beet pulp.
Better yet, part of your purchase will go to local animal shelters in the Denver-Metro area. Everybody gets a little love!
Drinks for You:
Maybe cats are onto something with this whole catnip thing. Catnip can be safely ingested by humans too - after all, it’s just a type of mint. In humans, though, the effect is calming and relaxing. Sounds perfect. This next drink is not for cats as it contains real alcohol. You, on the other hand, can enjoy it as much as you like:
Kitty Kat Blues
The Black Raven Brewing Co. wanted to see what would happen if they infused some pale ale with catnip. Throw in a couple of dried blueberries and some vanilla bean, and you end up with a drink that “finishes like this morning’s blueberry muffin.” We would comment on the irony of a bird-named brand serving cat-themed drinks to humans, but we’re halfway out the door in search of where to get this amazing sounding brew.
For Both You and Your Cats:
At the end of the day, after you’ve both had your fill of beers and wines, you might want something simple. Try a different kind of brew: make some catnip tea for you and your cat.
All you need is some organic catnip like the kind at Tabby James’s site and some warm water. Put one or two teaspoons of dried catnip leaves and flowers into a cup of hot (not boiling!) water, and cover for about 15 minutes. Add some honey or sugar for you, and serve your kitty as is for a refreshingly minty, pleasantly earthy tea.
Then let us know if we were right about how awesome your cat would be as a drinking buddy.