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Thomas pokes around in the Tipsy Nip box

Thomas could barely wait to get his paws on the goodies!

The entire population of Paws and Effect HQ was delighted when we were asked to review a smorgasbord of Tipsy Nip organic catnip products. Siouxsie, Thomas and Dahlia were waiting with bated breath, hoping each night that I’d come home from the office bearing a box full of nippy delight.

When I finally did walk in the door after work one day and plunked the big white package down on the coffee table, the purrs of delight must have registered on the Richter scale. The sniffing investigations started right away, and it wasn’t long before Siouxsie, Thomas and Dahlia started tapping the box with their paws and shoving it around with their noses.

I decided about then that I’d tortured them enough, so I sliced the tape, opened the flaps … and smelled the delightful aroma of Really Good Catnip. Seriously, it almost made me high!

There’s really only one way to “write” a review of catnip goodies, and that’s to share video of the members of the Paws and Effect Gang and their reactions to the Tipsy Nip products.

As I recovered from my momentary intoxication, Thomas decided he needed to take the lead on removing goodies from the box:

(In a reader? Watch Thomas “helping” unpack the catnip goodies here.)

The first item up for review was Tipsy Nip’s organic loose-leaf catnip. Siouxsie decided she should be the one to review this product because she likes her catnip straight, no chaser. Let’s see what she thought:

(In a reader? Watch Siouxsie’s loose-leaf catnip review here.)

Next, the gang decided they wanted to try Tipsy Nip’s Tuna Sushi — bonito tuna flakes with nori seaweed and Tipsy Nip catnip. As you’ll see, they liked it so much that I had them eating right out of my hand:

(In a reader? Watch the gang om-nom-nomming on this delightful treat here.)

But we had to save the best for last. The Tickle Pickle is Tipsy Nip’s best-known treat. It’s filled completely with catnip — no poly-fill or anything else — and my resident catnip connoisseur (and consummate binge-nipper), Thomas, completely wigged out with delight when I released the Tickle Pickle from its airtight zip-lock bag:

(In a reader? Click here to watch Thomas trip right the heck out.)

Even Dahlia, my reluctant nip tippler, got in on the action:

(In a reader? Watch Dahlia’s reaction here.)

We did receive two other Tipsy Nip products, the Tipsy Nip Ball, a wooden ball marinated in catnip; and the Tickle Tassel Ball, a wooden ball with Tipsy Nip-infused organic hemp. When I first got out the Tipsy Nip Ball, it didn’t seem like Siouxsie, Thomas and Dahlia were all that into it — but I found out just how wrong I was when I woke up at 2 a.m. to the sound of the gang playing soccer in my living room!

The cats lapsed into a coma before they could try out the Tickle Tassel Ball, but I promised them I’d let them play with one tomorrow.

All in all, Tipsy Nip products are simply wonderful: The catnip and hemp are organic, and the wooden toys are much less toxic (and more sustainable) than the acres of plastic geegaws, thingamajigs, whatsits and widgets that fill the cat aisle at most pet stores. The Paws and Effect gang absolutely love their Tipsy Nip goodies and would heartily encourage people to remember that Crisp-mouse is only 92 days away — and it’s never too early to start thinking about what gifts you’re going to buy your beloved and fabulous feline friend!

In our 12-paws rating system (four paws for each cat), the Paws and Effect Gang gives Tipsy Nip 12 Paws Up!

Full disclosure: I received a free variety pack of Tipsy Nip products in order to test them, but I have not received any further compensation for this review. The opinions expressed here are my (and the cats’) own, and your results may vary.