Stop Whatever You’re Doing, There’s A Wine For Cats Now

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You know those times when you really just want to drink a glass of wine after work, but you’re hanging out with your cat, and she looks like she’s had a rough day, too, and you feel really guilty for not being able to give her some of your cab sav? This kind of thing can’t only happen to me.

In fact, it would seem that this situation is seemingly universal, because a Japanese company has released wine for cats.

It’s wine. For cats. Cat wine. This is a real thing in the real world that you need to know about.

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Pet company B&H Lifes has started producing “wine exclusively for cats” called “Nyan Nyan Nouveau”. In Japanese, “nyan nyan” refers to the sound a cat makes (and yeah, sometimes also refers to a flying cat made of a poptart because why the fuck not). I think adding the Nouveau to Nyan Nyan makes it sound pretty regal, don’t you? This ain’t no Franzia for cats, is what I’m saying.

Okay, before cat lovers round the world collectively clutch their pearls (“think of the kittens!”) you should know that Nyan Nyan Nouveau doesn’t actually contain alcohol. It’s made of juice from Cabernet grapes, Vitamin C, and catnip, but it supposedly tastes a lot like red wine.

Apparently, B&H Lifes developed the drink for cat owners “wanting to celebrate birthdays or Christmas with their beloved cats” but seriously, I think I’d give it to my cat just so I didn’t feel bad about drinking an entire bottle of wine alone. And at only (USD) $4 a bottle, this is a steal of a deal. You may think this all just sounds silly, but I say, “Treat. Yo. Self.” If you can read Japanese, here’s where you can buy it all up. But hurry, because there’s only a production of 1000 bottles, so why not just buy 10?

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Hansen is the former DIY & Food Editor of and likes to spend most days making and cooking and writing. She teaches creative writing at Colorado State University and is pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in her free time.

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  1. of course it’s made by a Japanese company, that country knows how to live the cat lady life RIGHT.

  2. Not gonna lie, I clicked on the Nyan Cat link and sat here and watched the entire thing. All three minutes and thirty-seven seconds of it.

    Worth it.

    • I knew what Nyan Cat was; I’ve seen the image posted everywhere; I’m familiar enough with the meme that I can smirk and roll my eyes along with the best of them. And yet just today, for the very first time ever, I actually clicked the link and heard the song and watched the whole entire mindless video. Because Autostraddle.

      • That’s how I’ve rationalized my clicking of the link as well. Autostraddle. Nothing else. But, really, do we need any other reason?

  3. Guys, I hate to say this but grapes can cause kidney failure in cats. It might only be if they have excessive amounts, I’m not sure…but I’d suggest instead just letting kitty drink water out of a fancy glass.

  4. I was reading the website, and it’s nuts.

    The site itself is called “Pet Health and”, and it’s pitching things like “Everyday Support Drinks” for dogs. The drinks contain collagen, glucosamine or royal jelly as beauty supplements (because heaven knows, dogs worry about not having enough collagen in their diets).

    If you click on the photo of the woman sharing a glass of white wine with her dog, it goes to the “Bottoms-Up with your Pet Meow-Meow Red Nouveau” cat wine. It claims to contain less than 0.01% grape juice, so it’s really just a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from waving a handful of grapes over a water dish.

    The pitch is unapologetic in that it’s for cat people who wish they could crack open a bottle of wine to share with their favourite felines.

    Why not do what I do and try to drink a glass of water around a sneaky cat who’s determined to gluck back a little whenever I’m not looking? It’s so much easier.

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