Modern Feline Meets Modern Canine (Giveaway!)

When I first heard from Tiffany Pek, founder of The Modern Canine, I thought for sure she had the wrong person.  Um…I have cats(s) not canines, and they most certainly do not wear clothing.

It turns out that in her quest to create an eco-friendly zero-waste company Tiffany (a former New Yorker I might add) transforms reminent high-end designer fabrics like Loro Piana cashmere knits and Pendelton wool into not only doggie couture but kitty catnip toys!

In honor of EARTH DAY, two lucky IHC readers will win sets of Tiffany’s up-cycled catnip toys (details at end of post – sorry, US only this time!). I HAVE CAT strives to bring you not only cool, but cat-approved cat toys.

Hawkeye from Tabby's Place enjoying his catnip mouse (it matches!)

Let me introduce you to our very special testers, the cats of Tabby’s Place sanctuary. Tabby’s Place is a cage-free sanctuary that provides refuge to cats in hopeless situations. Their residents come primarily from public shelters where they’d been scheduled for euthanasia.

See for yourself what these kitties thought of their new toys.

To enter the EARTH DAY GIVEAWAY:

  • Leave a comment telling us what you do to keep your cat’s life green.
  • Enter between now and April 20th 5pm EST.
  • One entry per household (US ONLY – SORRY!)
  • Winners will be selected using Random.org and announced on EARTH DAY (4/22/11) on I HAVE CAT’s Facebook page.

Step away from my catnip mousie!

NOTE: While I receive the products I review free of charge, I am not compensated in any other way.


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  • Kk_jordan

    I have 6 cats, all indoor, so they do not impact the bird and squirel enviroment in my yard Two are trained to use the toliet. We grow our own catnip and greens. Recycle all Outer bags on dry food and recycle all cans and tops. Periodically i boil down chicken thighs and veggies and make them Fresh food. Our only negitive impact on the enviroment is the kitty litter…and someday i will figure a way around that too.

  • Cat

    i recylcle all our bags & cans, & keep my kitties indoors too, also donate gently used towels & blankets to animal shelters, & promote spay/neuter to friends whenever i can…would love to try your kitty toys for my kitties….

  • Gretchen

    Holly is an indoor only kitty. I recycle her cat food cans and use biodegradable cat litter.

  • Oooo! I would love those catnip toys!!!! I am afraid I give my human a hard time about some of her green habits, like recycling my favorite boxes! They are NOT for the blue bin, they are for me to lie in! But I have been trying (so far unsuccessfully) to get her to recycle my used cat food cans. On one hand, she thinks it is a good idea, but on the other hand, she wonders if it uses up too much water.

  • Connie

    We make our own cat food which cuts down on input and output waste

    • Connie, you’ve been selected as a winner! Please email your mailing address to ihavecat(at)gmail(dot)com! GONGRATS!

  • Susan

    I use biodegradable SwheatScoop cat litter, and recycle all the wet cat food cans; also have started buying t eco-friendly cat toys

    • Amy

      I strive to not use harsh or poisonous household cleaners. My favorite green floor cleaner is vinegar & water. It keeps the kitties safe & makes the hardwood floors sparkle.

  • Millerkathleen7

    I have an indoor only kitty. I grow catnip for him. He uses recycled cardboard boxes as scratching posts. On special occasions, my sister bakes treats for my cat and her dog. I donate regularly to my local animal shelters. We also try to buy from our snap thrift store (all proceeds go to the spay and neuter action program here.

  • FanofMeow

    We recycle our cats “dead” toys, in the best way for that toy. Cardboard boxes, recycle bin; large fabric toys are repurposed into smaller toys; many of their toys are handmade by myself or local artists (no travel time!) and we buy food in bulk to cut down on packaging and trips to the store.

  • Niko

    The indoor cats have 2 CatGenies which use reusable, biodegradable litter. The permanent stray cat uses flushable World’s Best Cat Litter. All wet food cans and outer bags of dry food are recycled; worn out cardboard/sisal scratchers and cat hair/lint are put in yard waste to be composted; the cats AND dogs are in the process of transitioning to raw, organic food made and delivered by a local pet food company, which reduces processing and transportation costs and supports other local businesses who supply the ingredients.

  • Keeping my life green, and keeping the kitties’ lives green as well, is difficult at times. However, I definitely do all that I can to support our environment. For one, I buy everything in bulk where possible. I also do not make unnecessary trips to the store and often shop for others (or have others shop for me) in an effort to cut down on the car emissions, gas, and associated issues. Unfortunately, I have not been able to switch my cats to a biodegradable litter, but I do re-purpose bags and bins and always use biodegradable bags to dispose of waste. We also save on energy by not using lights when unnecessary and we use blankets to snuggle under versus bumping up the heat. I also recycle their old toys, when possible, and make an effort to donate everything possible – from old toys, to old blankets, to unused new items that just didn’t fit our fancy. But, most of all, we try to educate others about green living and offer suggestions and the like to family, friends, and the community when possible. As I said, living life green isn’t always simple. And, we’re certainly not always perfect, but we try and make efforts wherever we can.

  • Morestuff4me2

    I use home grown catnip

  • Kathy

    We use recycled paper for cat litter and also make our cat’s own food which minimizes the usage of cans and containers.

  • Momsbusy

    we recycle/reuse some of our cats favorite toys: boxes and newspapers. we use our own grocery bag when we purchase our cat food from the store so we do not have to use the plastic bags at the store.

    • Momsbusy, you’ve been selected as a winner! Please email your mailing address to ihavecat(at)gmail(dot)com! GONGRATS

  • What a great give-away! Thank you!! Cody is a mouse FREAK…(what cat ISN’T???) these are some of the cutest I have ever seen!

    I keep Cody’s life “green” by having switched to World’s Best Cat Litter! I love that it is flushable…cuts down on waste.

  • H82bnml

    I recycle the food cans and have implemented biodegradable litter.

  • The Island Cats

    We would love to win one of these mousies!! Our mom recycles all of our stinky goodness cans and she sometimes grows us grass so we can nom on it!!

    Wally, Ernie & Zoey

  • Kat Brown

    The Teenage Mutant Ninja Kitty Horde helps snoopervise their Feeders recycle everyday items! Every box which hasn’t come into direct contact with food gets put into the recycle box along with plastic jugs. Our Feeders pay someone to come get the recycle because our city doesn’t have a curb service yet. All of the glass & cans go in there too. We use scoop litter and the only plastic bags our Feeders get are used when scooping our litter. For 99% of their shopping we make them use cloth bags (they’re not only more earth-friendly but bigger and more fun to play in!).

  • Suzannehgoldman

    Adorable toys! My kitties would love this! We only use metal/stainless steel bowls (plastic is BAD for the environment and some kitties can develop allergies as well). Recycle all of the bags/boxes for their food and litter. I try and buy in bulk as well when it’s offered to reduce trips to the store.

  • I don’t use clay litters, they are bad for cats and the clay comes from strip mines.

  • These are so cute!!! Loved the video :-)! I try and keep my cat Birdie green by using wheat littler (Swheat Scoop) instead of clay. Better for the environment and better for her!

  • Everything here is recycled for sure. I has carpet samples dat I use for therapy, most of da scratchy posts are re-purposed (aka second hand frum Craigslist) and da one dat not uses sustainables drift wood as da base. Oooo and wes plays wid re-purposed bag twist ties!!! All our stuffs for foods gets recycled. We use green kitteh safe non-toxic cleaners around da whole house. Is dat green enoughs for a kitteh???

  • Katie

    I make catnip toys out of old yarn people have given me.

  • Kaboodleent

    Molly and Kaboodle insist on being green and recycling all of the toys they no longer use to donate to those less fortunate….

  • MissCindel

    I feed my cats only organic food: this makes sure that stock animals that make their way into my kitties food chain do not live a miserable life on a factory farm.

  • We reuse all of the toys from our late great cats. We do not buy anything new. Cali likes them all and I’m sure that she can smell all 4 of them!!!!

  • Brian

    we recycle and reuse as much as we can and we donate things we no longer use.

  • Zoe Spumoni

    Hi!!!! My family has been into green living long before it was fashionable. It began with my mommy’s great great Aunt Ruth, we was born in the 1800s and re-everythinged! She taught my Gwammikins an Gwammikins taught mommy! We are all indoor babies who were rescued! Gwampy recycles bags and packaging and uses them to throw out our potties! Our yard is chemical free and we don’t use any kind of bug repellant–that’s what birds are for! We use native plants that don’t require watering. We donate our clothes and items to the abuse women’s shelter. And we buy gently use sofas because we know us kitties will leave it ‘unreusable’ in the end. ‘Green’ products and no sulfates. Clean with vinegar. Never flush pills…

  • Mr. Peabody’s Meowmy!

    I always recycle all the cat food cans, and there’s plenty here with four kitties.!

  • We started by recycling, and then added green cleaners (and they smells so goodly – as Tiny Timmy would say); being cat freaks and we switched to corn or wheat based products – no most gray dust bowls. We are now progressing to eating mostly organic too! It’s a lot of steps but all worth it – for healthier, happier people leaving with healthy happy cats (who would love a cool CATNIP toy)!

  • I used recycled wood and fabric to make a scratching post and platform for the cats. I also use large boxes either for the cats inside, or to shield the outside cats during the winter. 🙂

  • My kitty goes green every time she does her biz outside! LOL, just kidding. I try to buy earth-friendly foods, litters, toys, etc. It is very hard when most cat toys are made in China (and I always wonder if those ‘fur mice’ are actually covered in rabbit or cat or dog hair!! NO!!). As much as is possible, I do prefer to buy local. (The infamous “Hot Cats” for example is Oregon-based — those catnip toys are great!) My Hazel loves to play in papers and boxes, so thankfully I can ‘upcycle’ stuff like that for her enjoyment.
    Thanks for hosting (hostessing?) a great giveaway.