It seems like every day a new product pops every day. What is safe? What isn’t? If it is safe, does that mean it is ok for your particular pet? You should always talk to your veterinarian before giving your pet any new foods, drinks, and especially medications. That said, here is all the information you need to have about cat wine and beer for dogs before you talk to your vet, so you know exactly what questions to ask.
There is Wine for Cats and Beer for Dogs?
Short answer, yes.
Here is how the long answer breaks down. There is a line of drinks for your cat made from liquid catnip. They come in different levels of potency and flavor. There are also multiple beers on the market that are specifically designed for your dog. Most are made out of bone broth and vegetables.
Let’s talk about how they are different from typical beer and wine, what they are really made out of, and if you should be giving them to your pets.
Do They Contain Alcohol?
No. None of these products contain any alcohol. Alcohol is not safe for your pets, in any amount. You should never share your beer or glass of wine with your pets. Cats and dogs are significantly smaller than humans, so it takes a lot less alcohol for them to get sick. If you believe that your pet has ingested a large amount of alcohol, relative to their size, it is important that get them immediate medical attention.
So, What is Cat Wine?
Cat Wine is a beverage line designed just for your feline. Alcohol free, the choices range from Pinot Meow to Meowgarita. All of them are created from filtered water and catnip extract, producing liquid catnip. Depending on which flavor you choose, the wines also contain beet root, valerian root, or a combination of both. Additionally, everything in the Cat Wine line of drinks has potassium sorbate, which is a non-toxic preservative.
The flavors offer different levels of effect from the catnip, ranging on a scale of 1-10. Not every cat will have the same reaction, because not all cats are affected by catnip. If you are already familiar with catnip and how your feline responds, than you should expect something similar. If not, you should anticipate hyperactivity, extra playfulness, and increased stimulation.
Is Cat Wine Safe?
Distilled water and catnip are both safe for your cat. The question comes in around the other ingredients. Beets, and specifically beat juice, contain sugar, which is something that your cat should not have. This is especially true if your cat is diabetic or tends to have stomach issues. Additionally, while all the elements of the wine might be considered non-toxic, they have no dietary benefit.
Are There Any Alternatives?
Yes, there are actually quite a few. If you are looking for a new way to give your kitty some catnip, try distilling it yourself. The process is easy, and it is something you can accomplish at home. If you are just looking for a new beverage for your cat, try giving their water a little bit of a flavor boost. Freeze some meat broth in an ice cube tray. Then, whenever you feel like giving them an extra treat, toss in an ice cube or two into their water dish.
I Want My Cat to Try This, What Questions Should I Ask My Vet?
At this point, your vet has probably heard of Cat Wine, so the conversation should be pretty easy. Ask them if it is safe for your specific cat, or cats, based on their health history and diet. If they tell you to go ahead and try it, ask them what amount you should be giving your cat and when. If they tell you that Cat Wine isn’t for your furry feline, ask about distilling your own catnip. They will be able to tell you how the process works, how much to give your cat, and how to store the leftovers.
What Is Beer For Dogs?
For the most part, dog beer is soup broth. Depending on the brand, some contain beef, chicken, pork, or a combination of meats. The list of secondary ingredients can include carrots, potatoes, brewer’s yeast, malt, and glucosamine, among other things. They also often have added vitamins and minerals. The beer is intended to be a treat for dogs, either as a drink on its own or poured over their food. It comes in fun packaging to make it look like a six pack of beer, but there is no alcohol. It is more of a novelty so you can share a cold one with your best bud.
Is Beer For Dogs Safe?
Bone broth is something most dogs love, and the cute packaging is appealing to pet parents. Whether or not it is good for your good boy has a lot to do with their health history. Every dog needs a different kind of diet, and the added vitamins and minerals in one brand might not be right for your pup. We always recommend talking to you vet before adding something new to your dogs’ diet.
Are There Any Alternatives?
Make your own broth. If you already know what protein and veggies your pal needs, making your own broth is easy and affordable. If you cook up large batches, you can refrigerate or freeze the leftovers, depending on how quickly you plan on using them. Not sure exactly what you should be putting in there? No problem. This is an excellent time to have a chat with your vet about what your dog’s dietary needs are.
I Think My Dog Would Really Like This. What Questions Should I Ask My Vet?
Just like Cat Wine, your vet probably knows what beer for dogs is by now. Ask them whether they think it would be ok for your dog or dogs. If yes, ask them what brand they recommend. There are multiple different types available, all of which have slightly different ingredients. If they don’t know which one you should try, ask what ingredients you should look for. This will also let you know what you should use, if you ever decided to make it yourself.