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Product review and giveaway: Tipsy Nip Organic Catnip Products

cat high on catnip

Allegra and Ruby were very excited when the mailman brought a package addressed to them the other day. They’ve learned by now that that means that there’s a new product for them to test!

The package came from Tipsy Nip™ Organic Catnip Products, the creators of the original Tickle Pickle™. According to cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy “your cat needs ritualized play—to hunt, catch, kill, and eat every day. That’s what they are built to do.” The folks at Tipsy Nip share that view, and they provide the perfect toys to fulfill that ritual.

All Tipsy Nip™ products are made from only the best quality materials and ingredients. Their mission is to create products that make cats insanely happy. They are committed to safe quality toys and treats. Everything that goes into the toys is made, grown, or manufactured in the USA. Their catnip is certified organic cut and sifted leaf and flower, and has been referred to as some of the best catnip available in the USA.

cats with catnip toys

We received two Tickle Pickles™, a jar of loose catnip, and a Tipsy Nip™ ball, which is infused with and nesting in organic catnip.

A side note: An estimated 50% of cats don’t respond to catnip. Whether or not cats respond to catnip appears to be genetically determined.  Kittens are not affected until they’re about two months old (if they fall into the category of cats that do respond).  Chances are that if your kitten hasn’t reacted to catnip by the time she’s six month’s old, she falls into the non-responsive category. Allegra falls into that category, so it was up to Ruby to review these products. Unfortunately, she is too strung out on catnip to write the review, so you’ll have to take my word for it that all the products were a big hit with her.

This is potent catnip! I could smell it before I even opened the box, even though the products were sealed in plastic jars and bags. As soon as I got the pickle out of the bag, Ruby went for it. You can see that she had a good time with it in the video below. According to Tipsy Nip, the pickle is made out of a durable tight cotton knit, so it should hold up well even to Ruby’s vigorous kicking!

httpv://youtu.be/2rBD0EeskxE

The catnip ball is extremely potent, too, and Ruby had a blast with it. She was so fast dribbling and chasing it through the house, I couldn’t get good video of it. Allegra enjoyed the wooden ball, but I think for her, it was the motion, and not the catnip, that provided the fun.

wooden cat toy with catnip

Ruby is sleeping off her catnip high, but she wanted me to tell you that she gives these products a very enthusiastic four paws up. Her comment: “Far out, Mom!”

For more information and to order, please visit the Tipsy Nip™ website.

We are giving away one Tickle Pickle™ to one lucky kitty! To enter the giveaway, leave a comment and let me know why you’d like to win the pickle. For an extra chance to win, share the giveaway on Facebook or tweet about it and post the link in a separate comment. This giveaway ends Tuesday, September 6.

You may also enjoy reading:

If you don’t talk to your cat about catnip, who will?

How to keep your indoor cat happy

Up close and purrsonal with Jackson Galaxy

Special discount on NOse Offense Odor Removers

cat at microscope research

NOse Offense Odor Remover is a fragrance-free, environmentally friendly and super effective odor remover developed by using a patent pending technology based on the scientific principle of odor conjugation. NOse Offense is made with natural and organic indgredients,  doesn’t contain alcohol, phenols, aerosols, or phosphates, and is completely biodegradable. It is also eco-friendly and made from recycled materials.

I really like this product – you can read my full review here.

odor remover litter box odor fragrance free green

NOse Offense just launched their newly redesigned website, and to celebrate, they are offering an exclusive 20% discount on any purchase to Conscious Cat readers only. To claim the discount, “like” NOse Offense on Facebook, and use code CONSCIOUS20 during checkout. The discount is good through August 22.

For more information about NOse Offense products and to purchase, please visit their website.

Related reading:

Product review: NOse Offense for Pets

 

Best Produce to Buy Organic

cat with fruit

Summer is a time to enjoy the bounty of nature in the form of fresh fruit and vegetables.  However, with the increasing research showing the harmful effects of pesticides used on our produce, do you dare to eat a non-organic peach?

Should I Buy Organic Produce?

Not all fruits and vegetables have the same pesticide load.  By shopping wisely and purchasing organic versions of those fruits and vegetable most likely to contain pesticides in their conventional form, you can reduce your risk of ingesting potentially harmful chemicals.

The Best Produce to Buy Organic

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Imported grapes
  • Pears
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Celery
  • Lettuce

The Best Non-organic Produce

The produce least likely to be contaminated by pesticides, and thus safest to buy conventional versions of, includes more vegetables than fruit. Most have skin or a peel that further protects from potential pesticides. Topping the list with least traces of pesticides are:

  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Cabbage
  • Avocado
  • Mango
  • Kiwi
  • Bananas
  • Pineapple

Use these lists as a guideline and enjoy your fruit and veggies!

Amber doesn’t care for fruits or veggies, but she says she’s heard some kitties actually enjoy them.  Does your cat like fruits or veggies?  Which ones?