A handful of breweries make beer for dogs. But any cat lover will tell you that felines are far too sophisticated to slurp down a bowl of hastily brewed suds. Thus it’s only sensible that a Denver-based company has created a line of wines specifically for cats.
Brandon Zavala, founder of Apollo Peak, the company behind these cat wines, openly admits his products don’t have a ton to do with wine other than the image. “It’s made like a tea,” he told HuffPo, explaining the process behind the “wines” that are a mixture of water and catnip before behind colored with either red or golden beet juice. “But since we got it to look so much like a wine, we want it to be perceived as a wine by the consumer — that way they can feel as though they are having a glass of wine with their pet.”
The wines, which come either in a red “Pinot Meow” or a white “MosCATo,” are colored with beets because, unlike grapes, beets are approved by the ASPCA as being non-toxic to cats. Zavala says that veterinarians are even “totally cool” with his Apollo Peak line. “They love it,” he said – though a vet HuffPo spoke with said it’s always a good ideas to check with your own vet first.
There’s also no guarantee your cat will love these wines. Since they are made with catnip, cats with a predisposition for the kitty dope will probably be fonder of Apollo Peak than others. Still, if you want to give these cat wines a try, they can be purchased locally in Colorado or at Apollo Peak’s online store ($11.95 for an “8 meownce” bottle). Unlike real wines, these can be shipped across state lines – unless your state has strict regulations for catnip. Seems like that might be a thing in Pennsylvania.