If you are a Cat Faeries customer and newsletter reader you know that we are completely against cat toys and cat beds, as well as clothing and other goods, which are made outside of the US by exploited workers.
This short article about three fashion loving Norwegians who travel to Cambodia to live and work as sewing factory workers. Their naïve eyes were opened to just how bad it is. Whether jeans or cat toys: a sweatshop is a sweatshop – a deplorable place.
Here’s the article – A DOSE OF REALITY AT A SWEATSHOP: NORWEGIAN FASHION LOVERS GET AN EYE-OPENING EXPERIENCE – at EcoSalon.com.
There’s also a web series documenting their experiences – SWEATSHOP – DEADLY FASHION.
The article you’ll read only talks about the conditions that factory workers work and live in, it doesn’t touch upon other reasons why we should avoid “fast fashion” and soft goods from Asia – the fabrics are treated with toxic chemicals, once the items are loaded onto the ship the containers are fumigated, and then there’s the staggering amount of fossil fuel it takes to get those cheap clothes, cat toys and cat beds to the US. Articles like this one are about “the high cost of cheap clothes.” We are paying dearly with our health, and our good consciousness isn’t being served. The price and toll to health and environment of cheap goods made in Asia far outweigh the few pennies that you think you saved.
Cat Faeries catnip cat toys, and cat beds are American made – they always have been, and they always will be. Each toy is lovingly hand made by a talented artist. Chinese made cat toys are NOT OK OR SAFE in our view. The catnip in our toys doesn’t compare with the catnip in other toys which come from questionable sources – our catnip is beyond organic, it’s ethically wildcrafted. Our cat beds are made in a small factory in California where the workers are paid a living wage and get bonuses. The water proof pads that we offer are made in Canada – not China where all of the similar pads that we found are made. Cat Faeries cares about quality, safety, the health and wellbeing of your you and your cats, and for all of the people involved with making our products or components for our products.
Everyone wants to live a long and happy life, and your cat is no exception. Cat Faeries is devoted to making the lives of cats healthful, while providing solutions for good behavior. Here are our picks for feline life extension!
Kidney Kitty Flower Essence Formula For Cats
Starting when your cat is young, or really starting at any age because it’s never too late: a few drops in the water bowl every day supports kidney function. We’ve heard from many customers who said that when they ran out they saw a negative difference in their cat. Once they started again the cat rallied!
Here’s a recent quote from a customer…
Pita is almost 15 now. A few weeks ago he was displaying signs of kidney problems – lethargic, lack of appetite, his coat was getting nappy. I upped his daily dose of Kidney Kitty, and I was amazed – he bounced back to his normal self within 3 days!!! Thank you Cat Faeries!
Pam – January, 2015
Mood Music for Cats (and cat lovers): A Ball of Twine, a CD of calming music
We can’t emphasize enough how soothing sounds and serenity kick illnesses to the curb, extend life, lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar, and so much more. We love this CD. It’s not new agey, these are original compositions which remind us a bit of lullabies. It’s very pretty music. There’s a sound clip at the link – hold your cat while you play it and see the reaction!
Comfort Zone with Feliway – Diffuser Plug-Ins
Even if your cats are perfect with their litter boxes and don’t fight the calming scent of this pheromone will keep them calm. Calm cats = cats who’ll age very well and gracefully. Place one in any room where your cats spend most of their time. Each refill bottle lasts 4 weeks. This is a great investment in your cat’s health and future.
Toys! Toys! Toys! And more Toys!
A lot of human fitness experts have stopped using words like “work” out, rather they are calling exercise “play.” And play is something we like to do no matter our age, cats included. Running, leaping, chasing, stalking, pouncing keeps your cat young with limber joints and a trim body. Our toys are American made. The catnip inside is ethically wildcrafted with the highest level of nepetalactone of any catnip on the planet (yes, it’s been tested!). The unique shapes, fabrics, and sizes appeal to cats of all ages, and the adorableness appeals to people.
Sleep my pretties, sleep! (in a Faerie Cat Bed!)
Our cat beds are American made in a small factory in California by workers who are paid a living wage and are treated very well. And they are pretty! And soft. Our beds do not have that toxic foam on the sides. Who wants toxins! Besides, those beds can’t be washed, and your cat can’t bend or position the sides to be comfy and cozy. Our beds wash beautifully and they are attractive to your cat and will look great in your home.
And, Green Cat Beds Are On Sale!
Ah, this time of year can be a flurry of visitors, more activity than usual, cooking, cleaning, shopping, and so much more. Do yourself a favor, keep your cat calm which in turn will make you calmer because you aren’t worrying about your cat’s nerves or possible naughty behavior.
Here are our tips:
Company is coming! How to train your guests and visitors to be cat friendly!
We sure love our guests. It’s fun to plan for them, to feed and water them, and create new experiences and memories. Some cats love having new people around, they can thrive on it. But for other cats it’s a disaster! “Who are these people and why won’t they leave?!” Their noise can be upsetting, their smells can be unfamiliar, they might bring a dog or children and heaven forbid they might sit in the cat’s favorite chair! The last thing we want is a stressed out cat – this can lead to vomiting, not eating, being a bit aggressive, or the worst of the worst: litter box avoidance.
Tips for training house guests which will help keep kitty calm and allow you to be the perfect hostess who enjoys your guests.
- Visitors should be asked to not approach your cats. Let the cat’s curiosity kick in so that if your cats want to be petted it will be asked for.
- No rough housing! No vigorous petting unless that’s something your cat likes.
- Give your visitors a favorite Cat Faeries catnip toy so they can interact with the cat. The cat will view your catnip toting guest as a friend!
- If your cat likes to hide in a back room, let it be. If the cat wants to join the holiday festivities, it should happen when the cat wants it, and on the cat’s terms.
- Show children how to play gently with the cat. Children should know to not bother a hiding, sleeping or eating cat. Loud exclamations like “THAT CAT IS SO CUTE!” can frighten a cat who’s not used to hearing loud voices.
- Don’t change the cat’s feeding times. Even a half hour can worry or upset a cat.
“Yum Yum, that witch was so tasty that all that’s left is her hat!”
Our delightful customer Kate sent this darling photo of her cat with one of our catnip witch’s hats. We just had to share it with you!
For the month of October 2014, we celebrate black cats. We will be donating 1% of our sales to several black cat rescue groups. Shop with Cat Faeries – help black cats!
Do you have a gorgeous black cat or two? Send us their photos! Videos too! We’ll post them on Pinterest, our October newsletters, and on Facebook. Send them to email@example.com and put the words Photos for Pinterest in the subject line.
Black cats are the hardest for rescue groups to adopt out and place in loving homes. They are euthanized more than any other color cat because of silly and antiquated superstitions. Let’s help raise money to support the various black cat rescue groups in the US. Do you know of one? Tell us who they are! We love black cats! We love all cats!
To go with your new catnip witch’s hats we also have catnip pumpkins and Indian corn!
To some cats, every day is Halloween!
Eat your vegetables! Make friends with hamsters and bunnies! Be nice to those mice! And put your toys away!
Well now, most cats just simply won’t be told what to do, but that’s ok, we’ve got a great grab bag (our surprise, we’ll choose!) of catnip play toys which will give any cat many healthy romps around the house chasing them!
Order our grab bag assortment of 4 toys and we’ll have big fun picking them out. Until the mail person comes you won’t know what the cat faerie waved her wand over to surprise! Mysteries and surprises are FUN! And because we are Cat Faeries there might even be something brand-spankin-new which no one has seen yet!
The grab bag of 4 toys is marked down on the website. Buy as many as you like, and remember you can order just cat toys to get free shipping! This special fun-tastic sale goes through Midnight Monday September 1st in honor of Labor Day, a holiday that no cat can relate to or understand… labor? At what? Cats do not work! But cats will celebrate any holiday – with toys!
Our Catnip Indian Corn is brand new and it’s on sale until Monday (August 18th) at 25% off!
This is the purrfect toy to get all cats and kittens ready for Autumn’s long awaited nip in the air! And as always, this toy is filled with our legendary super-potent catnip.
FREE SHIPPING WHEN YOU ORDER ONLY CAT TOYS!