It is estimated that over $58 billion dollars will be spent on pets in the U.S. this year. There are doggy sweaters, kitty tees, tuxes, gowns, booties; even pet PJ’s to purchase! And, yes, we pet lovers have probably bought something eccentric for our fury friends at one time or another. But would you buy a bottle of wine for your cat: a tasty vino for your dog?
With pet ownership increasing each year, companies around the world are catering to the “pet parent” and offering more humanized products for our four-footed friends than you can shake a stick at.
|Nyan Nyan Nouveau|
Late last year, a pet supply company in Japan, B & H Lifes, released a wine called Nyan Nyan Nouveau (Meow Meow Nouveau). (According to the company, “nyan nyan” is similar to the sound of a cat meowing.)
The wine is non-alcoholic but it’s made from the juice of Cabernet Franc grapes mixed with Vitamin C and catnip. The company reported that customers were requesting a drink that their feline could enjoy when celebrating birthdays and holidays. Hmmm…
|Wan Wan Beer|
The cat wine comes on the heels of B & H Life’s successful beer for dogs – Wan Wan Beer (Woof Woof Beer).
But don’t look for Nyan Nyan Nouveau to hit U.S. shelves. The company produced only 1,000 bottles with a price tag of $4 for an 180ml bottle, making it a purr-fect gift for your feline friend.
OK – that’s a bit eccentric, right? Well, maybe not - In the U.S, more of us are “dog people,” with over 43 million households owning at least one dog. That’s compared to 36 million households with at least one cat. (American Veterinary Medical Association) So it should come as no surprise that we Americans would have a beverage crafted for boozehounds instead.
One stop at Yappy Hour Vineyards http://www.yappyhourvineyards.com based in Port Hueneme, California will help you and your best dog buddy “wine” down after a long day of play. This “vineyard” offers some unique gift ideas for pets and pet owners. How about a bottle of Char-dog-nay, Grrrr-lot, Pinot Tail-io or Bark-deaux? And cats need not feel ignored. There’s also a Mos-cat-o available.
|Yappy Hour's Line-up|
All of the “wines” are non-alcoholic and made of 100% human grade ingredients in an FDA approved facility. The company suggests pouring the gravy-type liquid over dry dog or cat food to “create a dish that will rival” wet pet foods. All “wines” come in the standard wine bottle sizes of 750 ml or in a split size of 375 ml. The larger bottles are priced at $16 each.
|I Spy a Whine (Dearborn MI Animal Shelter)|
Oh, and be sure to check out their “Whine” Club. Maybe you want to "give that dog a Rhone" ...