I saw a few tweets, status updates, and adorable photos of people loving up their kittehs online, so it appears that the previous batch is arriving at their forever homes! Hope your cats are keeping you company and not getting into too much mischief.
We just sent out another 70 cats today, and a lot are to international destinations. The prickling and packaging continues and, barring anything too odd, we should have all the remainder in the mail in the next 5-7 days. The postal carrier at our nearby office is quite used to us now, and simply sighs and says "Just leave them on the counter." They'll be quite happy to see us, kitty-laden, again in the morning.
Thanks for your patience with the manufacturing delays and the time needed to custom prickle your kitty. As a thank you for being a backer, we are offering a free enamel pin (yes, there is a cactus cat pin!) of your choice if you back our current Cryptid Cutie enamel pin Kickstarter (which runs through March 8.) Adopting a minimum of one cutie will get you a free pin of your choice -- only to previous backers. You can check it out here. The chupacabra hatchling is quite close to being unlocked!
After a day of prickling and packaging, Prickles and I are enjoying a bit of catsap, then onward to more fulfillment in the morning. May your cats keep you company and keep their spines to themselves!
Custom prickling and shipping continues on the cats. Ben and I will be out of town at a convention February 21-25, so shipping will halt for a few days, then we will pick it up and finish everything the following week. Many of you should get your cats in the USPS in the next few days. We've finished the bulk of them!
Backers at the Cocktail Cat and Ultimate Cat level should also have emails now from BackerKit for links to the Web and Print versions of the full Catsap Cocktail Book. This ended up *much bigger than we originally planned. We said "booklet" in the reward, and we thought we would have about a dozen recipes. Instead, it's a full-length recipe book, 54 pages with 50 unique recipes, plus some fun ideas in the Appendix. It features brand new illustrations of Cactus Cats by Amber Robyn and Ffion Evans.
After a long boat ride from China, the cacophony of Cactus Cats made their way to San Francisco, where they awaited being taken off the ship and logged and processed by the plushie company. They shared their ride with owls and bears and ... gasp ... dogs ... who were far too interested in these sweet-smelling felines. They survived their move to a new container, where they traveled by rail across the United States, then were further separated from other travel companions and placed on a truck. That truck, driven by a wonderful and friendly FedEx driver named Paul showed up this afternoon!
The cats are literally bursting to get out of their boxes!
That's 17 boxes, each about 3 ft x 4 ft.
We will now begin the process of hand-prickling the kitties for those who requested them. We anticipate this process will take about two weeks. We will try to send out kitties in batches as we finish prickling them. The catlets/clippings are here and packaged, and so are the colors, retractable glasses, compendiums, flowers, and other extras. Once we get them prickled, they will be going out to you.