StarkRavingCat

Stark Raving Cat - Catnip Joints, hip gifts for cats

Austin, Texas On Etsy since 2014

Buyers are raving!

This shop got multiple 5-star reviews in the past 7 days.

StarkRavingCat

Stark Raving Cat - Catnip Joints, hip gifts for cats

Austin, Texas | 5,752 Sales

Announcement    ►STAY AT HOME SALE! And play with your cat - Take 10% off select items, and get FREE SHIPPING on $35 or more.

►NEW Toys: American Cupcake, Lotus Catnip Pillow, Baby Yoyo, and Screaming Meemies, Plus an Adopt Me pin. SALE: Check to see what's on sale this week in our SALE folder.

►FREE SHIPPING on any $35 cart purchase - load up on gifts, cat toys, Catnip Piñatas, and cat lady jewelry. When your cart totals $35 of items, you'll get free Domestic First Class Shipping to a single address in USA. Cannot be combined with other discount codes or offers. Time for a shopping spree - whee!

VOGUE'S BEST PET GIFTS: Catnip Joints by StarkRavingCat. Home of the original Catnip Joint. We make small batch, artisanal gifts for cats and cat-lovers. Catnip Candle Birthday Cards, and Gifts for Cats+Cat-Lovers. Our cat toys have been featured at VOGUE.com, Buzzfeed, WIRED.com, Google+, HausPanther, DudeIWantThat.com and in cat-lover homes around the globe. We're adding new items every few weeks, so check back often.

MORE! How about a Pinata for Cats? Or Magic Mushroom, Catnip. Party Favors, Telescoping Wand with clip (can be used with all kinds of toys). Plus: "Cool Cat" catnip toy, Scatterballs, Cat Mom Cards, Matching Neko Bell Earring & Collar sets.

Plus: Get happy with Happy Butterfly Catnip Toy, and Thai Pompom Cat Toys... Super fun: Magic Mushroom, Rocket and Cat Sunglasses. CAT LADIES: BIG CAT EARRINGS - make a big meow! . All handmade by Kate and our CEO, Tamale.

Get happy with CATNIP JOINTS: Legal in All 50 States - in various gift sets.

Announcement

Last updated on May 13, 2020

►STAY AT HOME SALE! And play with your cat - Take 10% off select items, and get FREE SHIPPING on $35 or more.

►NEW Toys: American Cupcake, Lotus Catnip Pillow, Baby Yoyo, and Screaming Meemies, Plus an Adopt Me pin. SALE: Check to see what's on sale this week in our SALE folder.

►FREE SHIPPING on any $35 cart purchase - load up on gifts, cat toys, Catnip Piñatas, and cat lady jewelry. When your cart totals $35 of items, you'll get free Domestic First Class Shipping to a single address in USA. Cannot be combined with other discount codes or offers. Time for a shopping spree - whee!

VOGUE'S BEST PET GIFTS: Catnip Joints by StarkRavingCat. Home of the original Catnip Joint. We make small batch, artisanal gifts for cats and cat-lovers. Catnip Candle Birthday Cards, and Gifts for Cats+Cat-Lovers. Our cat toys have been featured at VOGUE.com, Buzzfeed, WIRED.com, Google+, HausPanther, DudeIWantThat.com and in cat-lover homes around the globe. We're adding new items every few weeks, so check back often.

MORE! How about a Pinata for Cats? Or Magic Mushroom, Catnip. Party Favors, Telescoping Wand with clip (can be used with all kinds of toys). Plus: "Cool Cat" catnip toy, Scatterballs, Cat Mom Cards, Matching Neko Bell Earring & Collar sets.

Plus: Get happy with Happy Butterfly Catnip Toy, and Thai Pompom Cat Toys... Super fun: Magic Mushroom, Rocket and Cat Sunglasses. CAT LADIES: BIG CAT EARRINGS - make a big meow! . All handmade by Kate and our CEO, Tamale.

Get happy with CATNIP JOINTS: Legal in All 50 States - in various gift sets.

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(1494)
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Updates

NEW: American Cupcake Cat Toy! 3 cheers for the red, white & mew! StarkRavingCat exclusive, purrfect for election parties and July 4th.
Baby Yoyo Catnip Toy. NEW! Already a bestseller at StarkRavingCat ... this is the way!
Catnip Unicorn: a magical cat toy to celebrate spring. Handmade with love by StarkRavingCat
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About StarkRavingCat

Sales 5,752
On Etsy since 2014

All Things Cat: Toys, Gifts, Collars, Jewelry, Cards...I do it all!

I've given up food for cats...

For decades I was a cookbook author and foodwriter; I wrote eight books, and won some awards. But then...a clowder of cats wandered into my life (literally). That's when it happened: I became a "cat lady" and embraced my inner cat.

Now I make specialty cat toys and gifts, at Stark Raving Cat. My business has been growing strong since 2014. Some shops make only one thing, or they simply resell manufactured items. But I'm truly a multi-media maker. Look around and you'll see total cat-lover fun: colorful toys, earrings, collars, cards, and even piñatas for cats. And my most popular toy: Catnip Joints. All made by me and overseen by my furry CEO, Tamale.

Why did I start Stark Raving Cat? The problem with many cat toys, especially catnip toys, is: they don't work. Sure, you need to engage a cat so it plays, but I've wasted tons of money on toys that just have no kitty appeal. What are these designers thinking?!!! Worst of all: toys made with inferior or stale catnip.

Cats are funny. (As I like to say, they have a dry sense of humor.) I can't guarantee all cats will love Stark Raving Cat toys, but our products don't just get rave reviews, they get 5-star reviews And hilarious comments! We're proud to have so many return customers, and go out of our way to add a personal touch.

Our toys are handmade near Austin, Texas, in the USA: we know exactly what goes into them. Our cats and helping hands get paid fair wages. And we feature only premium "5-Star" catnip in all our products.

Wake up your own stark raving cats – let's play!

- Stark Raving Kate (Heyhoe)
P.S. We're on Instagram! Follow @StarkRavingCat, and #TamaleCEO and #StarkRavingCat. Join us!


Meet Tamale, CEO:
Tamale is my closest buddy. She's smart, sassy, and glued to me most of the time. I nursed her back to health when she was a tiny kitten: her tail was broken in two places and her ears chewed off; but she looked at me with big blue eyes that said "I want to live!" And so she did. She's spunky, feisty, smart, sweet, and a real joy. (We found her on the street at the Tamale Festival in Indio, California. Hence her name.) She's now almost 17 and a Instagram star at #TamaleCEO.

And we're all grateful to my stark raving husband, Thomas, for launching the digital end of the business. The cats think it's cute that he gets to play with a mouse.

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In Memoriam: these cats made us what we are today...

Wolfie, Senior Advisor
Wolfie the sweetie-pie. At 20 years old, he was the only cat that didn't hide when strangers showed up. Wolf-Boy and his late mom Zombie formed a black-cat clique. They were best buddies. We used to walk to the far end of the yard together, where his exercise routine was play, play, and more play – with our own handmade toys, of course.

Pookie, Senior Advisor
Pookie, Wolfie's brother, also lived to 20. He was a willful cat: the only one to scale up and over the 6-foot chain link fence. He was also a talker and would be very affectionate... when he felt like it. As you can see from his photos, he was made of rubber.

Shop members

  • Kate Heyhoe

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    aka: Stark Raving Kate. Finally! I've given in to my inner cat, after years as a foodwriter, 8 book-author and artist. Cat people are now hip, says the NYT. Plus: Who can resist "Playing with Cats" as a job description??? (More at StarkRavingCat.com)

  • Tamale

    CEO

    Tamale is my best buddy: smart, sassy, and always glued to me. We found her on the street at the Indio Tamale Festival, as a tiny kitten: tail broken in 2 places, ears chewed off; with big blue eyes that said "I want to live!" And so she did. Yay!

Production partners

  • A handmade collar maker

    Mesa, AZ

    Makes collars according to my design specs.

  • Print shop

    Austin, TX

    Austin's motto is "Keep Austin Weird" and I use a local printer for some fabric items.

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Oct 26, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Wholesale availability

Interested in wholesale? We do sell some products, including the Catnip Joints, wholesale to physical stores; contact us for details.

Custom and personalized orders

Need a custom or personalized order? Send us a note and we'll respond right away.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Yes, we do gift wrapping for a small charge, and we'll include a gift card with your note. Just let us know. Some of our products also come with free gift packaging (like the Deluxe Neko Earring and Collar Sets). Oh, and we offer Gift Bags of assorted items starting at $20; see the listings for details.

Processing Time

Orders typically ship out in 1 day, or sometimes 2 business days. We sometimes (rarely) need an extra day during the holidays or if it's a large order. If there's a delay on our end, we'll let you know. For holiday shipping, see Holiday Shipping updates in our Announcement section.

Tracking and Shipping

Most items are shipped USPS as a First Class Package with a tracking number. The one exception is flat greeting cards, which are sent economically via regular First Class mail, and no tracking number is available at this rate. However, if the cards are included within a box of other items, that box will be shipped as a First Class package with a tracking number. If you want insurance in your package, please send us a note.

See the note below about changing a shipping address after a label is printed.

USPS Delivery Issues

USPS is the most economical and reliable shipping option, but occasional hiccups happen. Once USPS picks up a package from us and issues a tracking number, the USPS is responsible for delivery. If an item does not arrive, is missing or late in arrival, possibly stolen, or damaged in shipment, the buyer must contact USPS directly with the tracking number and ask for a Case Number to be assigned. (NOTE: Once a case number is assigned, we have found that in most cases, the USPS locates the missing article.) We will try to help in whatever way we can, but the USPS must confirm the status of an article with a Case Number before we can take further action. Contact the USPS at USPS.com (you can also submit a Search Request after 7 days).

Verified Addresses, Changing Your Shipping Address, Returned Packages

Please include a correct, USPS verified address. We cannot refund shipping fees after a label is printed. When we print a label, we pay a nonrefundable shipping fee. If you change the address after a label is printed, you will be charged for the new shipping label.

If you move and USPS returns the item as "unable to deliver or forward," we are happy to resend it to a corrected address, but the buyer is responsible for new shipping fees.

VERIFIED ADDRESS: If USPS can't verify your address, we'll email you. If we don't hear back within 3 days, we'll cancel the order and issue a full refund. If you prefer to ship to an unverified address and the shipment is returned, we can refund the product (if in good condition), but not the shipping fee.

Shipping Outside the United States

If you request that we ship your order to an address outside the United States via First Class Mail, the shipment will be tracked but NOT insured unless you request it. You will be asked to pay an additional charge for insurance. If you request and pay for Priority Mail, your shipment will receive US $50 of insurance as part of the shipping charge. Additional insurance must be requested.

If the USPS confirms that your tracked and insured shipment shows as delivered to the destination address but you or your recipient have not received it, you must notify us within 3 days of the delivery date shown on the tracking page for the package. We are not responsible for replacing shipments that the USPS declares delivered to the correct address.

Can I cancel an order? What about refunds on shipped orders?

All year, but especially during the holidays, we work fast to get all orders out. That means we print shipping labels with postage as soon as we get the order (typically within 30 minutes of receiving the order). If your request for cancellation is received before we print the label, the order may be cancelled in full.

If we have already printed the shipping label with postage, we can refund the purchase price but not the shipping fees.

Also, items that are returned in good condition will be refunded for the purchase price, but the buyer is responsible for the original shipping fee and any return shipping fees. (Shipping fees are fixed costs are not refundable to us.)

Theft: What if my item is shown as delivered, but possibly stolen?

Package theft happens. We are not responsible for items stolen from apartment mailbox areas or homes. To prevent theft, have your item delivered to your workplace or a Post Office box. Our smaller boxes will fit in standard home mailboxes, but may be too large for apartment letter boxes. If USPS confirms your item was delivered, we cannot replace the item or issue a refund. Please make sure the place of delivery is secure, especially during the holidays.