by Janet Blue on September 30, 2012

This is a companion post to “Nip Heads” published on August 17.

Friday was catnip-toy-manufacturing day at the House of Blue Cats. Barn Cat Buddies had an adoption event Saturday and needed toys to sell.

I had hoped to keep all the kids outside for the day so I could work uninterrupted. But the weather wasn’t so great with rain early and then clouds for the remainder of the day.

Inspector #7 – Lisbeth

Lisbeth crashed among the catnip toys.

So, I had four inspectors on duty: Numbers 4 (Giulietta), 5 (Fiona), 6 (Astrid) and 7 (Lisbeth) for most of the day. Fortunately they used the tag-team method to inspect with no more than two on the job at a time. Lisbeth, did the Lion’s Share of the work until she passed out atop a pile of toys after over-indulging.



Mauricio, Inspector #2, showed up late in the day in time to scarf up the dregs of the catnip. After finishing it, he immediately threw up. SOP for Mauricio.

Expecting to finish my project Friday evening, I retrieved my supplies after the kitties had eaten their dinner. My work, however, was cut short when Inspector #1, Lily Olivia, discovered my project. When I wouldn’t let her carry off the toys, she got belligerent and started hissing and growling.

Giulietta eyes the ribbons I had cut to secure the plastic bags.

Giulietta sits atop a catnip container.

I had to finish up the morning of the event with the help of Giulietta. Though she enjoyed the catnip part of the project, she ultimately was more interested in the ribbons I used to tie around each plastic bag containing a toy.

All toys earned a top rating for quality as evidenced by the cat saliva on the toys and bags as well as some teeth and claw holes in the bags. No toy received less than a four paws up!


When I delivered the toys to the adoption event, I met so many beautiful kitties I would have loved to adopt. One in particular, Josette, a dilute tortoiseshell, was giving me the “please-adopt-me look.” I didn’t bring her home but neither did anyone else; though, another lady spent about an hour snuggling with her. I have shared some photos with Tom. He’s in Canada but returns home tomorrow. She may throw off our feng shui, but I am hoping he will let us adopt her. Watch future posts to see what happens.

janetblue October 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm

p[[r]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]4%>> This is Calista’s comment with regard to missing out on this project!

Meredith October 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm

That is so cute that you make catnip toys for Barn Cat Buddies, with the help of your quality assurance inspectors.

ET October 1, 2012 at 6:48 am

7+1=8 π+~1=8. 16÷2=~8. 4+3+1=8. 64÷8=8. :o} 10-5-48=64÷8=8. Looks like FS 2me!

janetblue October 1, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Very clever. It works for me! J.

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