Frequently Asked Questions
|What is the difference between Naturally and Organically Grown ?|
|Both methods mean that a product has been grown without the aid of chemicals, pesticides etc. The difference is that if you sell an organic product you require a certificate from the grower that qualifies the product as certified organic. The UK Department of Agriculture / Food Inspection, or Consumer and Corporate Affairs may ask you for a copy, and you need to be able to supply the documentation. The organic certificate may be expensive to obtain, hence the price of organic products tends to be higher, though in reality an Organic and Natural product are identical.|
|What is Catnip and why do Cats react to it ?|
Catnip or Nepeta Cataria is a member of
the Mint family of aromatic herbs. It is a common aromatic herb from the
high deserts of North America, and was naturalized in Canada from its
indigenous roots in Northern Africa and the Mediterranean.
Catnip contains a chemical compound called nepetalactone; it is this that induces a harmless physiological reaction in the majority of cats.
Not all cats react to catnip, it is all in the genes, if you have a cat that doesnít react to catnip then consider trying valerian or honeysuckle toys. Some cats get quite attached to their catnip toys, even becoming aggressive, if they do, then try valerian or honeysuckle.
Catnip can alter a catís behaviour or be used to train a cat; cats can become silly then in the next moment affectionate and relaxed. Most cats love their catnip toys, as they provide hours of fun, as they lick, scratch and bunny kick with their back legs. To train or encourage a cat to play with something, simply sprinkle some catnip on a scratching post or rub some on an older toy to rejuvenate it.
Catnip does lose itís potency, some people recommend storing it in a freezer, it is sensitive to UV light so keeping a stash in a sealed container out of sunlight will normally stay potent for a long time.
|Why do cats react to Valerian ?|
Valerian (Valeriana Officinalis) has
been used as a medicinal herb to cure insomnia in humans since at least
the time of ancient Greece and Rome.
The active chemical Actinidine (in valerian) is similar in nature to nepetalactone (in catnip) provoking very similar responses, so cats that may not react to catnip (only about 90% do) may well enjoy Valerian.
Agatha Christie exploited the attraction of Cats to Valerian in her work Five Little Pigs (Murder in Retrospect).
Research has found that Valerian can be too aromatic for some cats, so we developed our Special KK Herbal Mix, which is used in a wide range of toys, cats love it, though some humans may not.
|Why do cats react to Honeysuckle ?|
Honeysuckle is of the
lonicera family, a group of vines,
bushy shrubs and rangy trees growing throughout the world, though only
one seem attractive to cats.
Lonicera Tartarica contains a harmless neuro-stimulant called Actinidine. Actinidine is a chemical known to be attractive to members of the cat family. Research suggests that 85% of cats will react to Honeysuckle, so cats that have no reaction to catnip, may well react to Honeysuckle.
Wet Honeysuckle has a more potent scent for a cat, so simply spritz a toy to increase it's attraction to a cat. The scent of Honeysuckle toys may be too subtle for some human noses, i.e. we can't smell anything.
|Why are we selling speciality cat products ?|
|Well, quite simply we love cats; we have a pride of them..... Over time we found a lot of the toys we bought to entertain them, to be simply disappointing. So our cats have become the KwayzeKatz team, our chief testers, if they donít approve a toy, we wonít sell it.|