Sunday, November 30, 2014

Where to find us on the web!

For all of the latest news about Oskar & Klaus, please visit us on the web at the following links: The NEW Shop & Blog. Facebook. Instagram.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Help Oskar Win the First FRISKIES Award

Hello Friends!

We are very thrilled that Oskar is one of twelve finalists in "The Friskies" cat video contest!  He does need some votes from fans to help him win, however.  Please visit the site below, check out the videos, and submit your vote.  Each time you vote, like, and share the video, Friskies will donate five cans of cat food to the partner shelters (up to 250,000 cans). 

Now, we can't ask you to vote for Oskar if he's not your favorite, but there's good karma that comes with voting for a blind kitty! : )

You may vote once through Friday, November 9th.

Thank you for all of the help!

http://enter.thefriskies.com/oskars-first-toys/

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Cats Need Help - From the American Heartland to the Holy Land

August 4th, 2012:

We receive lots of request to share information about cats that need to urgently find homes (we generally share these via Oskar's Facebook page). Often, these are cats with special needs and disabilities. This cute bunch is no exception.



The first cats that need help were dropped off in a cardboard box on the porch of a former Cat House volunteer named Melissa -- she now lives outside of Lincoln, Nebraska, in a small town called Friend. The box contained a momma cat and her babies. One of the babies was unfortunately not alive, and the others were wrapped up in the umbilical cord (which caused some injuries). One of the kittens is partially blind and another has a damaged foot. Melissa writes:

"I just wanted to send you a message about those babies that came to me in the box that were intertwined in umbilical cords. One has half a paw and one is partial blind. The other one escaped peril. The mama also needs homing as well. Their names are Sassy for the half foot.... Sheba for the mom..... Stella for the blind and Sabrina for the fluffy gray cutie!!!"

Below are the photos. If you can help Melissa in any way, please contact her directly at this e-mail address: rodeoprincesscowgirl21@hotmail.com



Sabrina 
Sassy (the half-foot)
Sassy's damaged foot
Stella (partially blind)
another Stella pic
Sheba (mom cat)



The kitten you'll see below is currently being taken care of by a fan of Oskar named Gili in Tel Aviv, Israel. The little guy is named Sammy and he is totally blind. Gili writes:


"This is Sammy (temporary name). He is vivacious, sweet, climbs and plays, loves to come up to people. We can get him to anywhere in Israel. We can't keep him because we are at full capacity animal (and people) wise. Uses a litter box. So adorable."

You may contact Gili at this e-mail address jillieorama@gmail.com or you may call from Israel: 054-7000175.

Sammy
Sammy


Here's also a link to a short YouTube video of sammy: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTA5BRiDHlo&feature=plcp

Let's see if we can find permanent, loving homes for these cats living on basically opposites sides of the globe! Thank you!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Launching Today: www.OSKARandKLAUS.com


Today we will launch www.OSKARandKLAUS.com at 9pm Central.  What you will see in a few hours is just a tiny step in creating the coolest online pet shop in the whole universe (we have modest goals). 
This web shop was created to offer pet lovers around the world a chance to buy quality products made by independent, creative, eco-friendly, and just plain awesome companies.  We will specialize in pet toys and accessories that feature durable construction, nontoxic materials, organic ingredients, and -- above all -- great design.  
Our goal is to keep testing pet products and constantly adding the best we can find.  We always prefer doing business with suppliers who donate a portion of their sales to fund charities around the globe.
We personally partnered with three fantastic animal rescue organization and 20% of the full purchase price of each product we sell will be donated quarterly to aid their mission (most companies donate 5% or 10% of just profits, not net sales).  Our partner charities are listed below.
-The Cat House in Nebraska (former home of “The Klaus”)
-Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary in North Carolina
-The Cat House on the Kings in California
We only have a handful of products as we begin this venture (inventory is expensive when your business has no cash flow yet), but we will certainly offer the first batch of 100 cat ties starting at 9pm.  These are specifically our product and Bethany has spent countless hours perfecting the design and sewing.  If we sell out of any product, it’s just a matter of days before more will become available.  Additionally, in the next weeks and months you will be able to buy Oskar and Klaus calendars, photo books, recycled totes, posters, signature catnip toys, photo prints, and all sorts of pet products made by animal-loving entrepreneurs from around the world.  Oh yeah, we will also have a girl-cat version of the ties!
I’m sure we will receive some criticism for this venture because “selling” and “money” have an amazing ability to spoil a good thing in the minds of many.  We will close by stating our intentions:  we want to offer products that we have control over (unlike Cafepress and Zazzle), we want to sell the right products from the right suppliers, we want to raise funds for organizations we admire, and finally, we hope that this gives us an opportunity (down the line, anyway) to have a part-time home business that lets us spend more time with Oskar and Klaus.  Call it our own mini American dream!  
Thank you for all of your support,
Mick, Bethany, Oskar & Klaus
Omaha, Nebraska

Monday, July 23, 2012

Cat Toy Review: Tipsy Nip Organic Catnip Products



Oskar and Klaus spent the past two weeks testing out an assortment of goodies made by Tipsy Nip Organic Catnip Products out of Burlington, Vermont.  The boys were lucky enough to try the original Tipsy Nip Organic Catnip, the Tuna Sushi Catnip, a catnip-infused Tipsy Nip Ball, as well as the XL Tickle Pickle toys.

Before we get to the reaction of the cats, we just want to say that there is something very rewarding about using products made by small companies that were started by people who simply love animals and combine that passion with an entrepreneurial spirit.  These are companies that are focused on using healthy, quality ingredients;  they're not about maximizing profits and answering to shareholders.  There is nothing better than being able to e-mail or call the owner of the company for a quick chat – try that with big supermarket brands!


The Tipsy Nip products are packaged very well in sealed containers that preserve the freshness of the organic catnip.  The black and white labels are eye-catching, attractive, and uniquely styled.  Oskar and Klaus don’t care one bit about that however!

The Tipsy Nip Organic Catnip runs $5 and comes in a 4oz container.  It is dried fresh, devoid of large stem pieces and “junk parts,” and -- most importantly -- it’s very potent.  Klaus has two reactions to catnip: he either sniffs it and walks away unimpressed or he goes K-R-A-Z-Y like Maru in a shoebox factory.  After the first sniff and taste of the Tipsy Nip, the Klaus was hooked....hard.  We simply had to let him be Mr. Hyde for a while until he crashed and drifted off into a six-hour nap.  Oskar, on the other hand, has a milder reaction.  He simply ate some of the nip with much delight, rolled around in the remnants on the floor, and moved on to another toy, happy as always.
 

The Tuna Sushi Catnip proved to have the same effect on this duo.  The cool thing is that this variety has flakes of dried tuna and seaweed mixed with the catnip for a little “extra” reward.  Tipsy Nip is the first company we’ve come across that offers this.  Do the cats prefer this variety to the original?  It’s hard to say for sure – the key is that it’s catnip and everything else that's mixed in is just a bonus!  We think it’s a nice product to have on hand to mix things up a bit – it runs $7 for a 3/4oz bottle.  This would make a great gift for someone's lucky cat.

The Tipsy Nip Ball is $5 and it's another fun product that we now hear bouncing off the walls (sometimes at 4am).  It’s a nontoxic wooden ball that is sanded to a smooth finish.  There are no rough spots or potential splinters that could pose a threat to a cat’s paws, mouth, or digestive tract.  The ball is infused with an “essence of catnip,” which probably means it was treated with catnip oil.  Even though there is no bell or other noise-making mechanism inside this ball, Oskar can locate it by the scent alone.  By the way, the container that the ball ships in is filled with more Tipsy Nip Organic Catnip, so if you store the ball inside the container it will absorb some additional catnip oil and scent.

The real hit for Klaus and Oskar was the Tickle Pickle (we were lucky to have two on hand). The Tickle Pickle is a knit tube stuffed with 100% Tipsy Nip Organic Catnip and nothing else!  It comes in two sizes: the standard 6 inch model and the "XL" that measures 11 inches.  Oskar and Klaus tested the XL models, which we recommend since the cats are able to kick the Tickle Pickle with their hind paws while holding on to a portion of it with their front claws and teeth.

The Tickle Pickles come in one color – green – and do resemble a cucumber in a way.  The fact that the color is somewhat neutral and subdued is a welcome departure from the crazy Day-Glo patterns that you see on just about every other cat toy.  You could even go so far as to say that this is one classy looking toy!

The Tickle Pickle is filled with catnip, of course, but the best part is the knit fabric that holds it all together.  Unlike tightly-woven fabrics that cover similar toys, the wider spacing between threads allows a cat’s claws to dig in just a little deeper – which translates to more energy expended when kicking (which will wear out a kitty faster) and probably more gratification (we don’t think of this too often, but cats are born hunters that revel in the sensation of causing damage to an opponent – whether it’s a squirrel or a pickle).  The fabric is also very tough and has not been shredded in the least by our duo’s pointy claws and sharp teeth.  Oskar and Klaus grabbed, squeezed, bit, licked, kicked, tossed, wrestled, and cuddled with their Tickle Pickles every day since we opened the package two weeks ago.  It’s their new favorite toy for sure!

In summary, Tipsy Nip makes some fantastic products with a clear commitment to quality.  Their prices are also very reasonable considering that the toys are not mass-produced in an overseas factory out of nylon or plastic.  You can buy the toys in select pet stores across the U.S., directly from www.tipsynip.com, and after August 1st you will be able to buy them on www.OSKARandKLAUS.com!  Oskar and Klaus like this brand so much that we decided to offer it in our new web store.

Two dew claws up!


Cool Logo

4oz Organic Tipsy Nip

Tuna Sushi Catnip

Tipsy Nip Ball

The goodies!

Klaus and the XL Tickle Pickle

Klaus Kangaroo-kicks the Tickle Pickle

What's better than one Tickle Pickle?  Two Tickle Pickles.

All this happened to Klaus -- at once!




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