Thursday 29 September 2016

Stop everything! Wine for cats is now a thing - so you never have to drink alone

Sasha Brady

Published 21/06/2016 | 14:43

Pinot Meow for cats. Photo: Apollo Peak
Pinot Meow for cats. Photo: Apollo Peak
Photo: Apollo Peak
Photo: Apollo Peak

The dream of one day sitting down to enjoy a bottle of wine with your cat can now become a reality.

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A winemaker from Denver, Colorado has developed a wine for cats.

It comes in two varieties, Pinot Meow and MosCATo, and cat lovers have been going crazy for the feline-friendly drinks.

Creators, Apollo Peak, have called it a "a non-alcoholic catnip based feline snack", that comes in two varieties - Pinot Meow and MosCATo.

Photo: Apollo Peak
Photo: Apollo Peak

What started as a joke among friends has since turned into a serious and successful business venture for Brandon Zavala, a serious cat lover and the founder of the company.

Zavala, who named his company after the older of his two cats, Apollo, started making the drink commercially in November.

He did some research and found out wine for cats already existed — Nyan Nyan Nouveau, but it has some serious problems. For one, it's only available in Japan and, it's made from grapes, which are toxic to cats.

So he set about creating a product that would be safe for cats to ingest, and also enjoyable.

Photo: Apollo Peak
Photo: Apollo Peak

The wine, made with organic catnip, water and beetroot, is claimed to help cats chill out after a stressful day of staring into space and giving you death stares.

Beets are non-toxic to cats and Zavala told the Huffington Post that his product has been approved by veterinarians.

“They’re totally cool with it,” he said. “They love it.”

That said, you may still want to check with your vet, especially if your pet has preexisting health problems. Also, some cats don't react well to catnip while others adore the stuff.

“When cats smell catnip, they tend to get funny, move around and play a lot,” Apollo Peak says on its website.

“The exact opposite occurs when they ingest catnip. They normally will become more ‘mellowed’ out when they drink the wine so it might actually help for those restless nights.”

It's not for human consumption because of the catnip but you can stil

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