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News that the Japanese company B&H Lifes has started selling a new wine called Nyan Nyan Nouveau, which is made specifically for cats - yes, cats - makes one wonder what, exactly, the rest of the animal kingdom is supposed to do. The feline wine, apparently made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and catnip (though sans any alcohol), sells for $4 a bottle.
I’ll leave aside the bizarre idea that a wine for cats could actually cost more than Two-Buck Chuck, a wine for humans, and return to my earlier question. Suppose, for instance, your local Lhasa Apso is seeking a tasty adult beverage? What if the your neighbor’s pet goat has a craving for booze? Below, a few options for the other members of the four-footed set (which, I’ll add, are all well worth drinking by people, too).
Well, hey, several options here. There’s the 2010 Mulderbosch Faithful Hound ($18), a plummy, tobacco-scented Cabernet blend from South Africa, of course; there’s also the cherry-inflected 2012 Dunham Cellars Three-Legged Red ($19), Washington state winemaker Eric Dunham’s ode to his three-legged dog, Port (who passed away in 2008, but is memorialized again with each new vintage). Both would be appropriate for sipping while reading a copy of "Wine Dogs," an entire series of books devoted to photographic portraits of winery dogs.
Not that many people have pet goats, but those who do, and specifically those who own wine-loving goats, might want to pick up a bottle of the 2012 Goats do Roam White ($10), a fruity South African blend of the Rhône varieties Viognier, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc. (And in case you were under the impression that goats don’t like wine, check out this rather amusing video from the Azores.
To my mind, there’s some question as to whether a pig makes much of a companion, but in case you happen to have any pig-loving pals in search of an appropriate quaff for their pet porker, there’s plenty to choose from. Wild Hog Vineyard, a small organic estate on California’s Sonoma Coast, makes a number of impressive wines - try the brambly 2010 Wild Hog Vineyard Estate Zinfandel ($24). On the other hand, perhaps a pig would prefer a beer. In that case, a great option is Russian River Brewing’s hop-intense Blind Pig IPA. It’s one of the best IPAs around - so good even a human would love it.
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this was one good article. http://www.wantijdobermann.nl/shopping/ugg-gunstig-online.html http://www.wantijdobermann.nl/shopping/ugg-gunstig-online.html
I wonder what the legal drinking age for cats is. Where would they keep their ID?
In their purrrrrse...
I guess that makes purrrrfect sense.
If at first you don't succeed, keep trying 'til you do. ~_~
If some is good-then more must be better, I always say.
You two should go on tour
"We all try, you succeed." – Rick from "Casablanca"
No, he can only have it if he buys it for himself
Don't want to be an enabler, eh?
Giving any form of alcohol to an animal will destroy their liver and is called animal abuse. Don't let greedy merchants cashing in on human misconceptions about animals fool you into harming your beloved family member! Their metabolism and biological processes are NOT human and animals DO NOT consume alcohol. This is basic Evolution 101 folks. I find the concept of wine for cats or any animal cruel. Many pets will eat anything and often die from eating or drinking the wrong thing.
So you really didn't read the article. It specifically stated "sans alcohol". Sans=without. Perhaps you should try some.
Cat: the other white meat.
I recommend you pair it with a meowlot.
i can haz Zinfandel?
Grapes are toxic to cats and dogs. This business is setting themselves up for some serious lawsuits.
No kidding! What are people thinking? This is as bad as owners trying to feed their dogs and cats vegan diets. Poor pets.
Grapes are not toxic to dogs. Mine eat them all the time without any negative side effects.
You are so right. When a wealthy person loses their beloved family member, I hope they get the best attorneys money can buy and sue these companies into bankruptcy. That will put a stop to this abuse in a hurry.
If my cat asked for wine, I would buy it for her.
If my cat asked for wine, I would buy it for her...
A gentler form of antifreeze.
It can't get weirder than this...
Looks like too many spoiled Japanese have too much money on their hands. How about using it for a good purpose in the world instead of wasting it giving your cat diabetes from sugary wine? If God intended for cats to have sugar there would be candy coated mice. Oops! I don't need to give them any more ideas!
Coincidentally, I had a glass of 2 Buck Chuck in my hand the other night, a cheap Cab... and who was going crazy over what I had in my glass? Yep. Her name is Khaleesi. She is barely out of her kitten years, the little lush. She did not get any of my plonk, but somehow I don't think you need to add catnip to an inexpensive Cabernet Fauxvignon to make it attractive to cats.
So many cat hater. Cats are not mean they just as loving and caring as dogs. Stop the hate. Anyway it does say "sans alcohol " which means no alcohol in french.
The alcohol is the least of your problems. It's the grapes.
Cats are not as "anything" as dogs. Dogs are dependent, easily trainable, willing to please and come when you call. Cats are the antithesis: independent, difficult to train (ever seen a seeing eye cat?), and come only when the familiar sound of preparing their food hits their ears – not when you call them.
As far as loving? Everyone, pets & humans, love in different ways. You don't pick the next person you see to be your spouse / mate / partner. You pick the person who loves you the way you want to be loved – and vice versa.
Grapes are toxic for dogs and cats? great now I know what to feed my neighbor's F...ing cat...
Mean , don't hurt the harmless animal. Have a heart
Shut up ass hole, don't try to tell other people how they should feel! If he wants to do it, he should
Uhhh, no, don't mess with someone else's pet. If I saw someone giving my dog or cat alcohol they're going to have a problem.
Sure, no problem. Perhaps we can also try the same with your annoying kid...
Cats are pieces of sh** wrapped in fur
Much like you, without the fur of course...
Why would you give a cat wine? All the do is SLEEP all day anyway
I would never buy wine for a cat, but I would buy it for my puzzy
Why would you give a cat wine anyway? All they do is SLEEP all day.
As has been mentioned, grapes are toxic to dogs, and might also be toxic to cats.
It bears repeating, seeing as it appears that some people don't already know this.
Grapes and raisins can cause sudden kidney failure in cats and dogs. So, yeah...brilliant product.
My cat needs wine like I need a double hernia.
Save your money......catnip alone is a great treat for cats. What a ridiculous waste of money.
Just what we need....mean drunk cats weaving and smashed out of their gourds: trashing everything and everyone plus puking up on the floor/ground....
No. Not a good idea....
The Apocalypse has officially come.
Umm, you do realize grapes (and raisins) can be toxic to dogs? Not to mention the alcohol. REALLY bad idea to imply that people can safely offer fermented grapes to their dog. Perhaps the author should clarify that people actually should NOT offer these to their pets.
Would Cats prefer a Cateau Lafite or a Cateau Margaux?
Enough of either and they become catatonic – maybe that should be a gin & catatonic.
So does a cat prefer a Merlot or a Cabernet? This is for people with too much money and time on their hands. The same people who take their animals in for therapy. I think it is the master that needs their head examined.
"Wine for cats"? So now they can throw up even more than they NORMALLY do, is that it? Um, no thanks.
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