Who could have known that cats
love TV, too?
But we can tell you that ours do,
and thousands and thousands of cats all over watch
Who knew cats would
watch TV entertainment for cats? Steve! Video
Catnip's Creator! That's who!
the perfect gift for a cat
Years ago, I met this guy named Steve at a big pet
trade show. He was selling this entertainment video
for cats! I really couldn't believe that cats
would sit still for a TV show, but there they were on a
TV monitor, right at his booth! These cats were going
NUTS watching this amazing video! My company has sold
this tape ever since then!
Fact: Cats do enjoy watching TV. Since 1989,
Video Catnip is the first and still the most popular cat
entertainment video ever produced.
copies of Video Catnip arrived in Saturday's
mail. Within minutes my cat Mimi, and Carlos,
the cat of a friend for whom I am sitting
were completely captivated. They watched for
more than 30 minutes the first sitting, and
for almost the entire 115 minutes the second
time. They had me in stitches! "
Video Catnip is a professionally videotaped
and edited compilation of Birds, Squirrels, and
Chipmunks designed to entertain cats. The Original Video
Catnip is 25 minutes in length and has remained the
best selling pet video. The DVD contains the Original
Video Catnip and an additional 1 1/2 hour of footage for
a total running time of approx. 2 hours. Shot in the
highest quality video and professionally manufactured and
packaged, this is the video that started it all.
Since its production, no less than 20 videos for cats
have come and gone on the market.
There are basically four parts to the Video Catnip
DVD. The first short segment is a fast paced
collection of critter antics set to a humorous
"Keystone Cops" type of musical accompaniment which
produces two separate effects, one of which is to
entertain the human viewer and the other is to signal the
kitty that his favorite show is starting. (The second
effect becomes more meaningful to the kitty after four or
The second short segment is also a musical piece, but
this time much slower. Its purpose is to give notice to
the human viewer and the cat that the "kitty" portion of
the show is about to begin .
The third segment , (over 21 minutes of the 25 minute
original production running time) is for cats only. The
cats are exposed to some beautiful close-ups of most of
the cast with many group shots included. Although this
segment is designed to be for cats only, many people find
it not only entertaining, but very relaxing.
The last segment, (1 1/2 hours), is the additional
footage which is just for cats with more critter close
ups and more natural birdy sounds.
bought Video Catnip a few weeks back
and I have one complaint, my cats have
turned into couch potatoes!! They run to the TV
whenever they see us popping in a DVD. ... We
love to pop it in and watch them go
"P.S. The crews
name is Stuffy, Bob, and Salem. I will try to
snap a digital photo of the three of them
watching it. We have a 46" TV, they sit side by
side and watch it. It's hilarious!" - Angelo
& Barbara Boise, ID
As far as the effectiveness of Video Catnip to
entertain cats is concerned, it's been on the market for
about 20 years and has been found to be effective on
almost all indoor cats. Outdoor kitties don't seem to
be as impressed. Although most indoor kitties will watch
the entire show the first time they see it, some cats
(who have never watched TV before) might need a little
encouragement from mommy or daddy by tapping lightly on
the TV screen to get kitty's attention.
After being entertained by Video Catnip, many cats
will keep a closer eye on the TV hoping that the birdies
will come back. Sometimes when the TV isn't even turned
on. Many cats will also come running whenever a cassette
or DVD is inserted, expecting "Their"show to start
playing. Many of our more seasoned viewers have actually
forced their human companions to buy them a home theatre
and devote a section of the basement to cat entertainment
The cats all react differently. Some will watch a few
minutes just sitting there and then begin to roll around
on their backs watching the show upside down. Some will
paw at the screen, extending a tentative paw lightly on
the images. Some cats will run around behind the TV
trying to figure out where all the birdies are going.
Many of the kitties make those little mewing noises that
cats make when they see birds. There have been some
reports of cats using screwdrivers to remove the back of
the TV, but we haven't had any independent confirmation
The DVD comes pre-programmed to loop continuously.
Just pop it in your DVD player and it will keep running
until you stop it, or until about 5 minutes after the
warranty runs out on the DVD player, whichever comes