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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/
Love your product! More importantly, Jack loves your product. I have 2 cats and they both love their Christmas gifts. Jack was just more photogenic. Jack is proud to be posted on your site. His sister Laci may get jealous of his fame but with a couple more of these joints, I think she’ll be able to cope! Have a great day! – Jeff
Yay! Another Stark Raving Cat Sighting, and two satisfied customers. Jack looks like he needs no encouragement, and Jeff: you are an enabler. We get such a kick out of seeing the kitties with their joints. Thank you, Jeff and Jack, for sharing this! – Kate, Tamale, Pookster and Wolfboy
Santa’s Rocking Stocking Catnip Joints: Put the Ho-Ho-Ho in the Holidays
Stark Raving Cat’s New Gifts for Cat Lovers
Santa stocking with red and white catnip joints, matching Neko collars and earrings, and hip new gifts rock the holiday gift lists for cat ladies and cat dudes.
Austin, TX – October 2015 – Catnip Joints look real enough to land you in jail. But these Stark Raving Cat toys are filled with cat weed – super-potent, premium catnip – legal in all 50 states (for recreational use). Cats and cat-lovers adore them, and this year Santa’s giving them an extra boost.
A festive new Santa stocking adds extra cheer to catnip joints, but don’t let Fluffy attack them just yet. “Cats instantly smell them. Some rip the joints right out of the mailers,” says Kate Heyhoe, founder of StarkRavingCat.com, home of the original Catnip Joint.
Santa’s Rocking Stocking Catnip Joints is a limited edition set for hanging on tree or mantle. A red-and-white pair of catnip joints (topped with tiny Santa caps) peeks out from a traditional red stocking. Plus, there’s a bonus gift: a silver cat-and-mouse charm hangs from the front, and doubles as a collar charm or pendant.
“You can personalize the stocking by tucking in your own cat treats – in case your cat gets the munchies,” notes Heyhoe. “Enjoy the stocking year after year – if your cat doesn’t destroy it first.” Santa’s Rocking Stocking Catnip Joint set sells for $15.00
What do cats think of catnip joints? “Cats don’t actually smoke the catnip joints, but they mouth, sniff, drool, and slobber all over them. Toss one in the air like prey, and watch kitty bat at it; then toss another, and another, and another. The more you toss, the crazier your cat becomes,” Heyhoe says. Social media posts on Instagram, GooglePlus, and YouTube show cats grasping a joint between the paws and holding it to the mouth. “Mega-cute and so real looking,” she adds.
Catnip Joints also come in 3-Pack and 5-Pack sets; a Nirvana Pack with Indian stash bag; and as Rainbow Joints in six happy colors. “Premium Catnip. No fillers, just leaves and buds” reads the Stark Raving Cat label. They’re made in the USA, using a hand-sewn cotton case. “That’s it, nothing more,” notes Heyhoe.
StarkRavingCat.com specializes in small batch, artisanal gifts for cats and cat-lovers. “The New York Times has said today’s modern cat ladies are hip, and cat lady chic is a definite look. This year we’re seeing cat men in the spotlight. Guys with cats, cat dads, and cat dudes are trending,” explains Heyhoe. “Men who love cats especially love catnip joints and related paraphernalia, like our Telescoping Clips. Cat ladies like to make fashion statements. So we designed matching earrings and cat collars, with little Neko bells, for hip cats and their cat ladies.” Neko is the Japanese Lucky Cat symbol, and a favorite icon of cat people.
If you want to give something truly unique, Stark Raving Cat has a list of gift solutions for cat dudes, cat ladies, cats and kittens, and every cat-lover on Santa’s list. “Our products are not mass produced, each is designed in-house, and made by hand with love and care,” notes Heyhoe, “so you can pretty much guarantee your gift will stand out, and put the ho-ho-ho in the holidays.”
Stark Raving Cat’s Gifts for Cats and Cat Lovers includes:
• Santa’s Rocking Stocking Catnip Joints, with red-and-white catnip joints, a silver cat-and-mouse charm, and red stocking for hanging on tree or mantle ($15)
• BATNIP, a catnip kicker with a nine-inch wingspan, for cats with a bat-cave fetish ($10)
• Catnip Joint Sets, 3-Pack ($10) or 5-Pack ($15), for cat lovers of all types
• Nirvana Pack, catnip joints in a handmade Indian stash bag, with extra catnip ($14)
• Rainbow Joints, in six designer colors (including Pink Phloyd, Mendocino Gold, Orange Sunshine) with Indian stash bag made from sari scraps ($19.50)
• Telescoping Wand with Clip and Cord, extends 32 inches with six feet of stretchy cord for attaching to BATNIP, catnip joints, or other toys ($6)
• Paraphernalia Pack, Telescoping Wand with Catnip Joints gift set ($16)
Stark Raving Cat products are handmade in small batches and in limited supply. Find them online at StarkRavingCat.com or on Etsy at the StarkRavingCat store.