‘Cat Wine’ Is A Thing, But Unfortunately There’s A Catch


By Cooking Panda

Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of … alcoholic fur?

Oh my gosh, you guys. This is sort of crazy, yes, but also sort of brilliant.

If you are a cat owner who enjoys indulging in a glass or five of wine when it’s time to unwind, then you are about to have your mind blown, because somebody out there is trying extremely hard to to combine the act of hanging out with your favorite feline with drinking booze.

Grub Street reports that there is a new start-up called Apollo Peak, which has sold $500,000 worth of catnip-infused colored water (called “cat wine”) at hundreds of stores in the past year.

What is catnip-infused colored water, you wonder? Why, only the equivalent of wine for your kitty cat. Instead of actually putting wine in products designed for cat-consumption (which would be a terrible, dangerous, cruel idea, and probably illegal too) the catnip-infused water is actually just filtered water that has been mixed with things like salmon oil, organic beet juice and of course — a healthy dose of catnip.

We know, we know; it doesn’t sound appetizing for a human palate, but boy oh boy does it make kittens go wild — or it would, in theory, if cats liked the taste of the wine.

Bummer, y’all. They don’t.

Basically, human beings think the idea is great; that’s why $500,000 worth of the cat wine has been purchased. Unfortunately, however, the novelty clearly is for human owners. Cats just don’t seem to actually like the taste!

Grub Street shares that Carol Pogash, a New York Times writer, put together a little catnip-water kitty tasting, and found that in fact kittens were more or less unimpressed with the brew.

“Needing to know which brand finicky cats preferred, I asked Ann Dunn, the founder of Cat Town Cafe, to let me conduct a feline focus group involving six fully awake cats and a dozen who were more interested in naps than liquid refreshments,” writes Pogash.

“There was a surprise: Only one cat, a black-and-white one named Dickie, seriously liked the beverage. He sipped, then groomed himself and got blissful. Other cats lounging in cubbyholes ignored the offerings, though one was briefly interested.

“Nevertheless, the cat lovers — even after seeing that the animals did not like the wines — were smitten with the products.”

Oh, well.

Source: Grub Street / Photo Credit: Ivan/Instagram

Tags: Apollo Peak, cat wine, catnip, kitten spirit, startup
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Wanna Drink With Your Dog? Now He Can Have His Own Wine


By Cooking Panda

If you’re a wine drinker, and you notice your pooch staring up at you with those mournful eyes that say “I’m starving to death and you never feed me even though I just had dinner, please just give me one sip,” you might feel inclined to give your pup a taste every now and again. Unfortunately, alcohol is really toxic to dogs, as their bodies are not equipped to handle it the way ours are. Grapes — particularly the skin — are also bad for your pooch.

Sure, your dog may snore through half of House of Cards, but we have to admit, it can be a little hard to follow sometimes. If your dog is your best friend and Netflix buddy, you might feel the occasional remorse that you can’t give your pooch a sip of wine after a long day.

If this sounds like you, all your dreams are about to come true.

Let’s recap: wine for cats already exists.

But life was pretty hard for dog-loving winos everywhere who could only get a glass for their cats, until now! In an exciting and revolutionary move, Apollo Peak, the Denver-based company behind cat wine, has finally branched out with their new line of ZinFanTAIL and CharDOGNay, notes the Huffington Post.

“We had always planned on doing something for dogs,” said Brandon Zavala, Apollo Peak’s founder. But the constant requests from dog lovers everywhere when the cat wine came out forced them to speed up the process.

Thanks to persistent pet owners, your pooch can now down 12-ounce bottles of peppermint or chamomile-based “wine” to get on your level.

“It’s more of a relaxant,” Zavala said. “They’ll get more of that mellow mood.”

According to the ASPCA, chamomile can be toxic to dogs in certain cases and doses, although the drink should be fine for your pooch for occasional consumption, as chamomile poisoning usually only happens to cats and frequent consumers. In other words, unless your dog has allergies, doggie wine should be fine every now and then.

Chamomile poisoning symptoms include skin inflammation, vomiting, diarrhea, and other allergic reactions, while long-term use can lead to bleeding issues. So, double check with your vet before you let your best friend indulge.


Sources: Huffington Post, ASPCA / Photo credit: King Hank The Boxer/Instagram

Tags: can dogs drink wine, cat wine, dog wine, drink with your dog, wine for dogs
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