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Men who love cats are trending. Now they can get stylish cat toys with special guy-appeal: Catnip Joints, BATNIP and ACME Cat Bombs. StarkRavingCat.com handcrafts them with a heaping dose of humor – purrfect gifts for cat daddies, or any cat-lover. [Press Release]
AUSTIN, Texas – September 2015 — Move over cat ladies: cat dudes are hot – and they’re looking for cat toys to match their man cave, cat cave, and even their bat cave. Good news: StarkRavingCat.com has heard their need and handcrafts unique toys with cat dudes in mind.
“Cat-love no longer bears social stigma – for either sex,” notes Kate Heyhoe, founder of StarkRavingCat.com.
“A few years ago, The New York Times wrote that modern cat ladies are hip, saying ‘Having a cat is like wearing a badge of independence.’
Heyhoe adores men who are cat-crazy. “At StarkRavingCat.com we didn’t set out to target men, but we soon realized that guys were buying our Catnip Joints in droves. And women were buying them as gifts for their cat-loving men friends. Our newest toys, BATNIP and ACME Cat Bombs, are great gifts for any cat-lover, man or woman, but they also fill a special niche for guys who don’t want pink or frou-frou cat toys.”
Catnip Joints have become trendy props for cat photos and videos on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. Stark Raving Cat’s Catnip Joints look amazingly like the real thing, but these joints are filled with premium catnip – all leaves, no stems – and potent enough to fire up even the most lethargic cat. They come with a gift card explaining they’re “legal in all 50 states…for recreational use.” Buy them in sets of three or five ($10 and $15 respectively)
Besides Catnip Joints, the newly released ACME Cat Bombs and BATNIP top this year’s gifts-for-men list at http://www.StarkRavingCat.com
For men who like explosions: Blow up the cat – with ACME Cat Bombs ($14) and ACME TNT Sticks ($16). “Cats don’t really explode,” explains Heyhoe, “but they do go ‘kaboom!’ in fits of crazy playtime.” The black bombs and red TNT sticks, emblazoned with ACME on the side, have fuses that release ultra-powerful “gunpowder grind” catnip when pulled. They come in a gift bag with ACME on it, “and, of course, an official ACME Instruction Manual,” adds Heyhoe. “Beep beep.”
Cat daddies will be superheroes when they bring home BATNIP. This stylish Goth bat is like a small catnip kicker with a big 9-inch wingspan. Cats capture BATNIP in the air, swat the wings, bite the head, and kick it with their feet. An optional Telescoping Clip and stretchy 6-foot cord make BATNIP crawl, bounce, and fly.
“Cats and bats go together,” Heyhoe explains, “not just on Halloween, but all year long.” On Instagram, there are over 50,000 posts using the hashtag #batcat, while the tag #Baturday puts the ‘bat’ in #Caturday. “We’ve added our own hashtag for #BATNIP, and photos of cats and BATNIP are already starting to pop up.”
“My fellow cat ladies get special love at StarkRavingCat.com, too,” notes Heyhoe. They can dress like their cat, with Matching Neko Bell Earrings and Cat Collars ($16). Neko is the traditional Japanese Lucky Cat, and the painted copper bell has a charming jingle to it. “It’s the purrfect gift for the cat lady in every guy’s life,” she adds, “because it says I love both you and your cat.”
StarkRavingCat.com makes hip, handmade toys, cards and gifts for cats and cat-lovers, created by Kate Heyhoe in 2014. The small batch, artisanal products range from catnip joints to greeting cards to cat-themed jewelry, and are made near Austin, TX, USA. Besides the web-store at http://www.StarkRavingCat.com, there is also a Stark Raving Cat shop on Etsy at http://www.etsy.com/
How lucky is your Neko cat? Are you 10 million yen lucky? Or is your luck measured in romance or long life?
All Neko cats are lucky, but not in the same way. This traditional Japanese talisman (also known as Maneki Neko, meaning Beckoning Cat) dates back to Japan’s Edo Period (1600s).
While the basic symbol is the same – an upright cat with paw raised – the cat’s paws, color, and gift indicate the type of luck bestowed. For instance:
• Right paw raised brings money and good fortune
• Left paw raised draws in people and customers
• Both paws raised protects home or business
• The higher the paw, the more luck conveyed
• Calico for the best of all luck
• White for purity, creativity, and a positive future
• Black for warding off disease and evil
• Gold for money and wealth
• Other colors: red (marriage), green (learning, education), pink (romantic luck)
Gift Being Held:
• Gold coin: A koban, worth a huge sum of money
• Fish: A carp, a symbol strength, courage and determination
• Daruma: Japan’s name for the Bodhidarma, founder of Zen Buddhism
• Ema: Prayer tablet; people write wishes on it to leave at temples
• Other gifts: gold ingot (wealth), hollow gourd (longevity, wisdom), daikon radish (bounty, abundance)
• Neckerchief or bib – Cats in the Edo period wore these as decoration
• Red Collar with bell – also decorative, and to hear the cat’s whereabouts
• Some Neko cats have all three: collar, bib, and bell
Shopkeepers display Neko cats to bring in good business. If you have an online business, you may want to display Neko on your main page, or keep one by your computer.
Better yet, put a Neko on your cat’s collar – because as we all know, cats love to come between you and your computer.
– Kate Heyhoe
“Your product speaks for itself. No offense, but I really wasn’t expecting much when I placed my order. Team Mookeet is so very picky about their catnip, I’ve pretty much stopped buying other brands. Just about everything I’ve tried has ended up in the trashcan. They are seriously that picky. When your package arrived, they barely even let me open it. They were tearing into the package and just about had it open on their own. Their previous brand of choice has always been safe in the ottoman. They never try to get to it. Not the case with your nip. They tore the lid off the ottoman repeatedly. It’s now in the cabinet above the refrigerator because that’s the only place they can’t get to it. Paws down the best catnip I’ve ever purchased. And that’s saying something as I’ve bought just about every brand you can think of. So long story short, thank you for making the best nip toys in the entire world. We are looking forward to your spring line of goodies.”
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“Hands down you guys have the best catnip! Of all the catnip toys we have it is the joints that continue to provide entertainment – to them and to us. We usually put all of the toys in the cat house in the AM and again in the evening before we go to bed. Throughout the day we usually see one of the cats sitting in the party house, a little latter we may hear a sneeze and then shortly thereafter they explode out of the house running or they go to find/stalk the other cat. It is so fun to watch. After Christmas I ordered a kicker from one of the other vendors and they seemed to really like being able to hold on and kick it, but it only lasted a short while, they still lay on it in the cat house, but the joints are still providing delight – we find them all around the house.
Thanks again for all of the kitty goodies…it is a gift that provides delight every day.”
— De Ann Doonan, via direct email
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“Barely got the box open when my cat pounced on this thing. She’s super-finicky about what she’ll play with, so I have to admit I was hesitant to pay this much for a cat toy. Order came lightning fast and my cat is obsessed! Very well-made and works even better with the Telescoping Wand with Clip & Cord. Definitely worth every penny – it’ll surely last a long time and keeps Stella’s interest for a long time! She’s a bit tubby, so keeping her active is critical. Can’t say enough good stuff about this product or this company. Won’t ever buy cat toys or catnip anywhere else again!”
— Lisa (verified owner) review on product page
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How do cats play with catnip joints? Chase and our friends at Furball Fables show off their stable of cats (Merlin, Fairy Princess, Elfin, Buddha and Yogi) indulging themselves in spirited play with the Telescoping Joint Clip & Catnip Joints.