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Turn your cuddly lap-cat into a wild jungle beast with my collection of colorful handcrafted rodents filled with organic catnip & love.

Hello devoted cat ladies and cat guys!

[Update April 3: Wow wow wow.  Thanks to some really great feline fanatics, we reached our initial goal in the first 5 hours!! But that's not the end of this project.  It still runs until April 23 and the sky is the limit! You guys are the best!]

[Update April 4: Huzzah!  We have already hit our first stretch goal of $900 which means I will be able to print up one more design in addition to the original four. You voted and "Peace 'Nip" was the winner.  I've added a photo below.]

[Update April 6: THANK YOU THANK YOU beloved backers! Thanks to you we've reached the next stretch goal of $1200! That means I'll be adding a new design! You voted and "Cheese Louise" was the winner.  See the prototype below.]

[Update April 12: Yippee! We made it to $1500 and that means a new design has been added to the line-up: "Earth Day Every Day"; see the prototype below.]

[Update April 16: Holy moley! You guys REALLY are the best! We passed the $1800 mark and I'll be able to add one more new design. You voted, and it's "Mellow Yellow".  See the prototype below.]

[Update April 18: I'm on Cloud Nine!  That's because thanks to my beloved backers, we passed the $2100 mark which means I'll be able to add "Cloud Nine" to the Snazzy Rat line-up for a total of NINE designs to choose from. April 20: We met our "Home Stretch Stretch Goal" of $2500 which means EACH AND EVERY backer will receive a bonus gift in their reward package: a 5" x 7" mini print, suitable for framing:

Every backer will Snazzy Rat Bonus Mini Print in addition to your selected reward package
Every backer will Snazzy Rat Bonus Mini Print in addition to your selected reward package

FOR MORE DETAILED PROJECT UPDATES, CLICK ON THIS LINK.]

MY "OH RATS!" PROJECT:

Hi, I'm Susan Faye and I am an artist and designer who also happens to share a household with two pets of the feline persuasion. 

Meet my studio assistants Buttonwillow and Inka. They assist me with the important task of running my Etsy Shop, Susan Faye Pet Projects, where I sell my art, jewelry and handcrafted gift items.

Buttonwillow (L) puts the finishing touches on an e-mail while Inka (R) works on waste management.
Buttonwillow (L) puts the finishing touches on an e-mail while Inka (R) works on waste management.

Recently they came to me to lodge a formal complaint.  They said they were hopelessly bored with the vast collection of playthings in the employee break room.  They said it was time for the staff, perhaps even the entire world, to have a new and improved cat toy.

So I took their suggestions to the drawing board and came up with four  designs:

(artwork copyright 2013 Susan Faye)
(artwork copyright 2013 Susan Faye)

I sent the artwork to Spoonflower.com where they professionally printed my designs on one yard of durable cotton twill canvas.  I used cotton denim for the backs and upcycled yarn for the tails. Then I filled them with organic catnip.   Here are the Snazzy Rat prototypes with their snazzy names:

FLOWER POWER
FLOWER POWER
SPACE CADET
SPACE CADET
LaLa LAND
LaLa LAND
HAPPY DAZE
HAPPY DAZE
New Design Added April 5: "PEACE NIP" [artwork copyright 2013 Susan Faye]
New Design Added April 5: "PEACE NIP" [artwork copyright 2013 Susan Faye]
New Design Added April 8: "CHEESE LOUISE" [artwork copyright 2013 Susan Faye]
New Design Added April 8: "CHEESE LOUISE" [artwork copyright 2013 Susan Faye]
New design added April 12: "EARTH DAY EVERY DAY" [artwork copyright 2013 Susan Faye]
New design added April 12: "EARTH DAY EVERY DAY" [artwork copyright 2013 Susan Faye]
New design added April 17: "MELLOW YELLOW" [artwork copyright 2013 Susan Faye]
New design added April 17: "MELLOW YELLOW" [artwork copyright 2013 Susan Faye]
New Design Added April 18: "CLOUD NINE" [artwork copyright 2013 Susan Faye]
New Design Added April 18: "CLOUD NINE" [artwork copyright 2013 Susan Faye]

They are about 6" long (not counting the tail) and 2-1/2" high. They are filled with 1/4 cup  of organic catnip and a small amount of fiberfill, and made to be durable.  Tail colors may vary (but will always be SNAZZY).

After rigorous product testing...

Assistant Rat Inspector Inka puts the rodents through their paces...
Assistant Rat Inspector Inka puts the rodents through their paces...

 ...Buttonwillow and Inka agree that the new and improved catnip toys pass muster and are ready to be introduced to their feline friends around the world!

That's where you humanoids come in.

In order to offer my Snazzy Rats catnip toys at an affordable price, I need to buy my materials in bulk.  Your help in funding this project will give me the seed money necessary to print large runs of fabric and to purchase all of the other necessary materials in large quantities at wholesale prices. My goal is to eventually offer my Snazzy Rats to retail shops and boutiques.

And now for the REWARDS!

Check out the pledge rewards over in the right-hand column.  At each pledge level there's something  fun for kitty dearest (namely, catnip rats) AND something fun for his or her humanoid counterpart!

SNAZZY RATS:  All but one of the reward levels includes your choice of one or more of the artisanal catnip toys pictured above, depending on your cat family's needs.

CAT LADY OR CAT GUY I.D. CARDS:  Based on the level of your pledge, you will receive either a GENERIC or a PERSONALIZED Cat Lady or Cat Guy I.D. card that will fit right into your wallet. They are laminated to boot! (Don't you just LOVE lamination?  I know I do.)

Here are samples of the generic I.D. card that will be included with your Snazzy Rats at the $10, $20, $22 and $35 levels.

GENERIC I.D. CARD: You may choose from the "Cat Lady" or "Cat Guy" option.
GENERIC I.D. CARD: You may choose from the "Cat Lady" or "Cat Guy" option.

Here are samples of the  PERSONALIZED I.D. card that will be included with any Snazzy Rat toy pledge of  $50 or up.  Each one will be made-to-order and will include your name, city, state, and you may choose the hair color, and brown or light skin tone (Or you may choose to have it personalized for a friend).  You'll be able to specify these options after the project is funded and I will e-mail a request for these details.

PERSONALIZED I.D. CARD: Customized with your own name, location and hair color (or that of a friend)
PERSONALIZED I.D. CARD: Customized with your own name, location and hair color (or that of a friend)
This is my own card.  I never leave home without it.
This is my own card. I never leave home without it.

THE "OH RATS!" TOTE BAG: Three of the reward levels also include a snazzy limited edition tote bag ($22, $50, and $75 pledge levels).  This tote is a project exclusive.

(At the $75 pledge level you will find 8 Snazzy Rats tucked into your tote bag)
(At the $75 pledge level you will find 8 Snazzy Rats tucked into your tote bag)
  • heavyweight natural canvas fabric
  • Full side and bottom gusset
  • Machine washable
  • Measures 15" x 18" x 6"

It's a great green way to bring kitty treats home from the store. According to Inka, it also makes a great lair for small, adorable cats who enjoy lurking inside of bags...

You say your cat is impervious, indifferent, or forbidden to use catnip?  It happens. Luckily, there is a reward just for you that includes a tote bag and a generic I.D. card, but no catnip rats (see the $22 reward).

Finally, EVERYONE who makes a pledge will get a sincere and public thank you on the Honor Roll on my blog 365 Cat Ladies and Friends.  AND once you receive your Snazzy Rat Cat Toy, if you send me a picture of your kitty dearest(s) enjoying his/her/their new toy(s), I will post that photo on my blog and on my Facebook page, ensuring that your cat(s) will enjoy at least 15 minutes of fame!

If you have any questions at all about this project, don't hesitate to ask.

Snazzy Rats are ready to invade the world!  Help me make it so.

Please help me by sharing this link with all of your cat-lovin' friends on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.: http://kck.st/Z05ibL

Thanks for supporting my creative endeavors...  It means a lot to me!  (And Buttonwillow and Inka say "thank you" too)...

Note: the snazzy video music  is  "Vox Vs. Uke" by unreal_dm courtesy of http://ccmixter.org

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The only challenge would be if I were to receive pledges for a gazillion catnip rat rewards, in which case I would adjust my delivery dates slightly to allow time to produce all of the rewards. I will hire additional help if necessary. I will keep you posted every step of the way.

Here's why I feel I have all of my bases covered: I've been making and selling printed lavender sachets and catnip toys for several years now, delivering my handcrafted goodies to pet lovers around the world through my Etsy shop. Spoonflower is a very reliable fabric source and a joy to work with, and I have an excellent supplier for the organic catnip. I've also made the I.D cards for several years and already have the artwork set up on my computer, and have the laminating machine. My son Chris helps me with production, and does most of my shipping and billing.

Now should I suddenly develop an allergy to catnip, we might be in trouble...

FAQ

  • Hurray! We reached our goal in an amazing 5 hours! But that's not the end of the project-- the funding campaign runs until April 23 and we will accept pledges until then. The sky is the limit! Our motto is "Every Cat Deserves a Snazzy Rat".

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  • When the campaign ends on April 23, I will be sending out a survey via Kickstarter to collect all of your pertinent info such as rat choices, your mailing information, etc.

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  • On April 23 or 24 Amazon will begin processing the pledges and your card will be charged within a week (possibly two weeks). Once that happens, I will be feverishly sewing and will start sending out rewards. The earliest backers will receive their rewards first, possibly in May. Backers who pledge later in the campaign should receive their rewards in June or July. Should I receive a huge number of pledges, these estimated delivery times may be adjusted to August for some backers, but I'll do everything in my power to get rewards out in a timely manner.

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  • More pledges = more Snazzy Rat designs to choose from. With each additional $300 in pledges above my original goal of $600, I will be able to print up and produce a new design beyond my original four offerings. We've already met the first "stretch goal" of $900 and I've added a fifth design: "Peace 'Nip". Click on the "Updates" link near the top of the page for more information on new designs as they become available.

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    THE SNAZZY RATS STARTER KIT: One (1) Snazzy Rat catnip toy (your choice), plus one (1) generic Crazy Cat Lady or Cat Guy I.D. card (see project description for photos). Includes shipping anywhere within the U.S.; please add $4.00 for international postage.

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    DYNAMIC DUO: Two (2) Snazzy Rat catnip toys (your choice) plus one (1) generic Crazy Cat Lady or Cat Guy I.D. card (see project description for photos). Includes shipping anywhere within the U.S.; please add $8.00 for international postage.

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    THE MY-CAT-IS-INDIFFERENT-TO CATNIP REWARD: One "Oh Rats!" cotton canvas tote bag (It's a great green way to haul home cat treats) PLUS plus one (1) generic Crazy Cat Lady or Cat Guy I.D. card (see project description for photos). Includes shipping anywhere within the U.S.; please add $10.00 for international postage.

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    WILD THING QUARTET: A gift set of four (4) Snazzy Rat catnip toys (your choice) plus one (1) generic Crazy Cat Lady or Cat Guy I.D. cards (see project description for photos). Includes shipping anywhere within the U.S.; please add $10.00 for international postage.

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    CRAZY CAT LADY GIFT SET: Four (4) rat catnip toys (your choice) tucked into a limited edition Oh Rats! cotton canvas tote bag, plus one (1) PERSONALIZED Crazy Cat Lady or Cat Guy I.D card with your name and location on it (see project description for photos). Includes shipping anywhere within the U.S.; please add $15.00 for international postage.

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    IT'S PARTY TIME! GIFT SET: Eight (8) rat catnip toys (your choice) tucked into a limited edition Oh Rats! cotton canvas tote bag, plus TWO (2) PERSONALIZED Crazy Cat Lady or Cat Guy I.D cards with any name and location on them (see project description for photos). Includes shipping anywhere within the U.S.; please add $18.00 for international postage.

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