Frivolous Friday – Happy Hour With Your Cat


It’s St. Patrick’s day. Many people—Iris or not—use this as an excuse to attend happy hour someplace and maybe drink green beer. Would you believe that some devout cat people even choose a wine bar where they can celebrate happy hour with their cat? Can you imagine sipping wine with your cat and even buying your feline friends a round?

Well, hold onto your chardonnay, folks. Cat lovers in Denver and in Fort Meyer, Florida have developed tiny bottles of wine for cats. There’s no alcohol involved, of course, unless you consider catnip a mind-altering substance. That’s right, they’re bottling mixtures of water, catnip and, in some cases, fish oil for cats and offering them at cat pubs and cafes and even selling them in stores such as TJ Maxx and Marshalls.

Looking for the purrfect gift for a real cat fanatic, why not buy a bottle or a case of CATbernet or pinot meow. And tuck in a gift card for your friend to enjoy a drinky-poo with his pet at Cat Town Café in Denver.

With the advent of flea control products and kitty litter, introduced in the early 1900s, cats


have been moved from the barn to inside the house. We’ve become more and more obsessed with and mesmerized by our cats to the point that we’re spoiling them rotten. Some of us even want to experience many facets of life with our pets—I mean think about it, you see dogs on leashes everywhere. In order to legitimize taking dogs into places where they’re typically not welcome, we put vests on them that say “therapy dog.” We take them to dog-friendly restaurants. And we spend millions per year on our pets.

With the Internet showing us how darn cute cats can be, more and more people are jumping on the bandwagon and buying designer cats and also, thankfully, rescuing those who need help. And even more cat products are being developed.

What is the most unusual cat item or pet product you’ve bought your cat? I buy tiny stuffed toys for Lily when we travel—a moose from Alaska, a lion when we visited the exotic cat rescue shelter, a turtle from the aquarium we took the grandkids to, and so forth. I bring home cat grass for them to munch on from time to time. But a bottle of PURRgundy or MEWosling? I doubt that will be on my cat-shopping list anytime soon. What about you? In case you’re interested, here’s a link:

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