HEALTH AND WELLNESS
It's never too late to paws and breathe.
MIAO Cat Cafe, the first cat cafe in Metro Manila, has scored another first: its own line of bath and skin care products for pets.
Branded as “Miao Solution”, the products were developed by a US-based chemist who is a relative of Miao Cat Cafe owners. The said chemist, credited for having formulated Sergeant Shampoos for dogs, incorporated Madre De Cacao extracts to develop Miao Solutions that address pets', particularly cats, skin and fur problems.
Miao Solutions consist of three products – Wonder Suds Shampoo, Shampoo to the Rescue and Skin Magic.
Wonder Suds Shampoo contains organic ingredients that are safe to use for pets. Loida Ramos Benson of Miao Cat Cafe said it has no strong oxidizing agent to clean the fur, but contains natural essential oils for long lasting scent. She added that the Wonder Suds Shampoo also contains organic anti-flea formulation and has the right pH level to control and prevent fur shedding.
Shampoo to the Rescue is made for cats and is ideal specially for those suffering from hot spots, mange, skin allergy and fungal infection. It is made from 100 percent organic ingredients and Madre de Cacao extract.
Skin Magic is a liquid spray for the treatment of skin infections. Benson said it's similar to the Shampoo to the Rescue but with more intense and fast-acting skin repair properties. It can heal common skin problems in pets in just a week of use, she added.
These Madre de Cacao-based products can be used regularly even for animals without skin problems. They are ideal not just for cats but also for dogs and even rabbits, Benson said.
Miao Solutions are the latest additions to the growing number of pet care products in the market that use Madre de Cacao as an ingredient.
Madre Cacao or Madre de Cacao is more commonly known in the Philippines as “kakawate”. It is scientifically considered as the second most important multi-purpose legume tree with wide healing properties. As a topical solution, the kakawate can help cure scabies in human and treat demodetic mange, sarcoptic mange, fungal infection, and other skin conditions in animals. In addition, Madre de Cacao is known to be a natural flea and tick remover because of its tannins and insecticide components.
Miao Solutions come in three bottle sizes. Wonder Suds Shampoo and Shampoo to the Rescue have the following similar prices: 50ml bottle for P50, 100ml bottle for P100 (plus P20 with pump), and P250ml bottle for P200 (plus P20 with pump).
Skin Magic is priced at P80 for a 50ml bottle, P120 for 100ml bottle (add P30 with pump), and P250 for 250ml bottle (add P20 with pump).
Miao Solutions will be available at Miao Cat Cafe. Benson said they eventually would want to to also make them available in pet shops and pet clinics. She said they will seek Bureau of Food and Drug Administration (BFAD) approval for their new products after the required two-year market test run. -- AJB
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