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Catnip

marko
November 13th, 2006, 06:51 AM
Catnip is an herb in the mint family that 50 percent of cats seem to react to. Catnip grows wild in many places in North America and Europe and the plant can grow to 3 feet high. Once picked and processed for cats it looks quite a lot like tea but much greener. It can also come in a concentrated liquid form. You can buy either form of catnip in most pet stores.

Many cat toys are filled with catnip or have catnip rubbed on them or sprayed on them. The cats that react to catnip rub and lick and knead at the objects, often with incredible vigour. They put on quite a show when toys are sprayed with liquid catnip or rubbed with raw catnip. We have entertained guests on many occasions with this activity.

Interestingly enough it seems like cats are not black or white with regard to if they react to catnip. Our cat Ziglet showed no reaction to catnip for 13 years, while his brother from another mother Zak, always went bonkers for it. Now Zig loves the stuff and reacts to it as well.

Golden Girls
November 13th, 2006, 09:02 AM
When I had cats I used to buy toys sprayed with capnip - they all loved it :)
I just thought of something:The cats that react to catnip rub and lick and knead at the objects, often with incredible vigourif I secretly put one of these toys say under the man's pillow - ya think humans might have the same reaction? :D

marko
November 13th, 2006, 09:18 AM
I also used catnip when I first introduced (after the first few hours) my 2 cats to each other. I put some catnip on Ziglet and Zak started licking him. :shrug:

I think it made the introduction go more smoothly.

I would say that strict supervision is required if you are to try this though.

katwoman
March 9th, 2007, 04:39 PM
That was really interesting,when i had my cat i put some catnip on her toys and she loved it.:cat:

RolandsMom
March 9th, 2007, 08:01 PM
omg!:D Roland is banned from catnip unless it is a terribly special occasion! he goes completly loopy. he has more than enough energy and mischief without it! i found honeysuckle a much better alternative!

chico2
March 30th, 2007, 04:17 PM
All my cats love it,they have their own patch outside and even eat it,they refer the fresh stuff from outside,rather than store-bought.
I usually rub their toys with a leaf and they are in la-la land for a while:laughing:

CyberKitten
March 30th, 2007, 05:47 PM
I have a grown patch of it too and YY thinks it's hers but she shares, lol I find it rather like shamrock in terms of keeping it growing and healthy.

Edgewaters
April 1st, 2007, 12:46 PM
Our two cats have always gone bonkers for catnip.

Our newly rescued addition, Feather, he didn't know what to make of it at first (he's very young by comparison). At first he just watched the other two rolling about and seemed quite alarmed. Then he tried it - it was really funny, the other two are so active but the first time Feather had it he was in slow motion. If he could speak it would have been like HAL at the end of 2001. "Shall I sing you a song, Dave? It's called... Daisies."

Feather's first catnip experience:

http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/2047/dscf0311dl3.jpg

Now he's more or less like them, they twirl and twirl on the floor.

Here's the other two ... Zotz is twirling her way to a higher plane of existance:

http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/4954/panakablurgi2.jpg

chico2
April 1st, 2007, 03:28 PM
That's funny:lovestruck: my cats do the same.
Usually kittens and young cats are not bothered ny catnip..
Here's Rocky somewhere on another planet:laughing:

Prin
April 2nd, 2007, 12:48 AM
hehe, very cute pics.:)

onster
April 4th, 2007, 10:00 PM
I don't think I'm gonna get any sleep tonight, my carpet is peppered with catnip and my cat is just a little bit high :eek:

onster
April 4th, 2007, 10:03 PM
he got it good...

onster
April 4th, 2007, 10:14 PM
I love the zotz twirling to higher plane of existance one!

Rocky is beautiful :)

PetFriendly
April 10th, 2007, 08:24 PM
We have one cat who loves the stuff. I make little pouches of thin coton and fill them with it and he will carry them around the house. We have another who will roll and play with it on the floor but doesn't care for toys filled with it. The third one won't even look at it twice.

My brother once had a cat who would guard his stash... complete with kitty cat growling if you can imagine that!

Ravenheart
April 12th, 2007, 04:17 PM
I love watching the cats after they've had some catnip.Their reactions are always hilarious.

zpilot55
May 1st, 2007, 06:10 PM
I love watching the cats after they've had some catnip.Their reactions are always hilarious.

Definitely have to agree with you. Cats + Catnip = better than Mardi Gras :crazy:

SuperWanda
May 4th, 2007, 04:37 PM
I was just at the garden center and bought a catnip plant for friends who have 3 cats.

I looked up some info. on the web and it says that the oil in the leaves is 10x more effective then DEET to repell mosquitoes!

Has anyone tried it as a mosquito repellant? I'm thinking or just taking a leaf and rubbing it on my skin but I'm sure you could make a spray or put the leaves in a carrier oil.

Might keep the mosquitoes away but would you become a cat magnet instead? :laughing:

chico2
May 4th, 2007, 04:45 PM
Probably:laughing: I know my cats would go for you,they love their cat-nip patch.:laughing:
I take some inside in the winter and dry it,much more potent than the storebought stuff.

heidiho
May 4th, 2007, 05:13 PM
Roxy has no interest at all in catnip,why do some cats care less about it??

crazyk1020
May 4th, 2007, 05:35 PM
My boys are the same, I have bought dried and grown fresh. They could care less about it. They just look at it, sniff, and then walk away from it. They have never liked it. On the otherhand, my parent's ferrel farm cats love it. It grows like weeds down there and whenever my mom digs it out of the gardens they are all over it especially the root ball. I think I read somewhere that it is a gene or something to that effect that determines whether or not a cat reacts to it, but who knows:confused:

heidiho
May 4th, 2007, 05:44 PM
She does the same thing checks it out,finds it of no use to her,and walks away,kind of sucks i would love to watch her get all feelin good off of it and going nuts,oh well..

SuperWanda
May 4th, 2007, 05:55 PM
From what I read today, it says that only 50% of cats react to the stuff. Apparently it is a genetic thing.

trid2bnrml
August 13th, 2007, 06:54 AM
I just wanted to interject here, that I inherited a box of catnip tea bags, the kind for human consumption, and TC loves them.

After he bum-rushes the cupboard where I keep them (he has figured out how to open the cupboard now) I toss one and he pounces on it. He goes ape over it just like the other posters' cats do.

I wish I could catch an audio clip of him asking for a tea bag---he almost sounds human with some of the noises he makes.

I'm told that the tea bags are somehow a better "grade" of product, so I might keep getting those.

Bye all---

Jim Hall
August 13th, 2007, 08:07 AM
i buy fresh organoc cattnip from a farm near me and crumble up some in a little bowl when d u is having a bad day it really clalms her down

i hae been using cat nip as a mosquito reppelent for a long time

i put some in warm water and let it steep and fill up a spry bottle snd spritz it on my skin it works great

want4rain
August 13th, 2007, 09:01 AM
yep! ive been using catnip for a year or so now. we live on a creek so our mosquitoes are just horrible here. also works great on the dog!!

warning though, it STINKS! so brew up equal parts of either peppermint, lemon balm, lemon verbena, thyme or another good smelling herb to help with the smell a little. that MAY give you a fighting chance to the shower before your cats go ape ****.

i must say though, my husband can smell it but i cant. i have a funky nose.

also, they say that cats under the age of 6 months dont typically react to it.

is the reaction rate really 50%?? i figured it would be higher than that.

anyone else use honeysuckle?? we have tons here in the south. never knew it had the same effect.

-ashley

Love4himies
August 13th, 2007, 01:07 PM
I didn't know about honeysuckle.

I have a wild catnip plant on the side of my house that Jasper discovered. Now on our daily walk around the perimeter of the cleared part of my lot for Jasper to check his territory, he stops for a chew and a roll in it. Then he drools and rubs his face on my leg. Meanwhile I am waiting for him to finish with the catnip, I am getting attacked by deerflies.

sugarcatmom
August 13th, 2007, 01:32 PM
anyone else use honeysuckle?? we have tons here in the south. never knew it had the same effect.


I have 3 huge Honeysuckle bushes in my yard and well, lets just say my yard is cat central for all the cats in the 'hood. I recently had to chop down a few big branches that were damaged in a storm and I just left them lying on the ground. Should have taken before and after pictures because it's hilarious how shredded they've become from the cats going nuts all over them. Not to mention that they're also now the hairiest logs you'll ever see.

Jim Hall
August 13th, 2007, 02:03 PM
ah haa i had a honeysuckle by my bedroom wondow where i used to live and always had strays around there. i just thought it was bacause it was quiet
and cool ,

chico2
August 13th, 2007, 04:10 PM
I had a Honeysuckle and my cats could noy care less for it,but their catnip-patch they all 3 love...Rocky and Chico in la-la-land:laughing:

krdahmer
August 14th, 2007, 10:12 AM
All such beautiful cats...:lovestruck:

That tub pic is so funny... that happened to just about every tub I bought, no matter where I hid it, they found it and punctured it, so that if they kicked it and rolled it it spilled out everywhere. Smart little buggers aren't they? :rolleyes:

Now I buy the super huge barrel like tub, and they seem to leave it alone, I guess it's too big to get their teeth into and kick around.

onster
August 16th, 2007, 06:01 AM
hahahaha yup krdhamer, my cats have learned how to open drawers to get at the prized kitty-crack. lol

super huge barrel tub eh?? sounds like fun lol :crazy:

krdahmer
August 16th, 2007, 02:00 PM
kitty-crack. lol

super huge barrel tub eh?? sounds like fun lol :crazy:


:laughing: Kitty Crack...thats too cute! Ya it's that Cosmic Catnip, as my cats will have no other....Kitty Crack Connoisseurs they are:rolleyes::laughing: . I find it much cheaper to buy the big one too, it's about $13-15 and they want $4-6 for those little ones. It's about 3-4x the size.

onster
August 16th, 2007, 03:13 PM
hehehe, ill def have a look for it. That's actually good for my bro too, he's been trying to find it for his cat in Egypt but no-one knows what it is. The only way he can explain is as bango (weed), for cats! hahaha they look at him like he's crazy.

It worries me though, I hope they dont stop my 60 yr old father in customs on suspician of it actually being drugs!! :rolleyes:

ancientgirl
August 17th, 2007, 02:25 PM
hehehe, ill def have a look for it. That's actually good for my bro too, he's been trying to find it for his cat in Egypt but no-one knows what it is. The only way he can explain is as bango (weed), for cats! hahaha they look at him like he's crazy.

It worries me though, I hope they dont stop my 60 yr old father in customs on suspician of it actually being drugs!! :rolleyes:

Oh I'm sorry kind of :offtopic: , but that just reminded me of the scene in Shrek 2 where Puss in Boots is found with a baggy of catnip and he denies it being his as they cart him away. LOL.

krdahmer
August 18th, 2007, 11:59 AM
:laughing: I love that cat! I hope they do a couple more....with more Puss and less shrek!

onster
August 18th, 2007, 09:23 PM
"I love that cat! I hope they do a couple more....with more Puss and less shrek!"

:laughing: me tooooo! LOL

ancientgirl
August 19th, 2007, 06:44 AM
Me too, they really do have the cat behavior and actions down in that animation.

ellendar
August 28th, 2007, 04:04 AM
catnip grows wild in my front yard the side where only weeds grow, I have lots of feral and displaced cats feedingf on my front porch i don't know where the catrnip came from but it grows in my yard maybe that is hy the cats come I have seen kittens get high off it and run in the road and get killed so I think it is dangerous I whack it down it takes away their caution instincts

glitterless
August 28th, 2007, 11:51 PM
I threw out our bag of cat nip recently. I don't mind it for some cats that just rub on it and roll around, but we had a kitten get into it and GAWD, he went crazy! He's still tiny (was orphaned and I have no idea how old he is exactly) and he was jumping off of a 4' wall! So enough was enough.

Annienmyst
October 27th, 2007, 08:04 PM
When we first introduced the grown cats (Garfeild and Speedy) to the pug(Max), we thought about putting some catnip on the dog. But my two guys are like mean drunks when they get into the catnip..they beat each other up. And well, the the poor dog wouldn't stand a chance!!!!:laughing:

pawstobark
June 18th, 2010, 08:33 PM
Cat nip is great!!

Koteburo
September 15th, 2010, 04:55 AM
Scully has catnip and she rolls on it and eat it.
I put the catnip on top of her scratching post (it has a surface on top for cats to lie on) and she eats it and then rubs her face on the left overs and rolls on it.
I tried a different brand (that I loved the smell btw) but it's minty and she didn't like it. I tried one that has a more herbal smell and fresher and she LOVES it.

I'd like to know if catnip has other properties beneficial to cat's health. I've heard something about it but I'd like to know better.

DarKevs
February 24th, 2012, 12:59 PM
anyone tried Valerian for their cats?

it has similar effects as catnip and honeysuckle does with cats.


the health benefits of catnip for cats is that it relieves stress and nervousness. It can also be brewed as a tea to bathe and relieve itchy skin. :)

Koteburo
February 28th, 2012, 12:44 PM
anyone tried Valerian for their cats?

it has similar effects as catnip and honeysuckle does with cats.


the health benefits of catnip for cats is that it relieves stress and nervousness. It can also be brewed as a tea to bathe and relieve itchy skin. :)

That's interesting. Bathe for itchy skin. Thanks :3
I've also heard about catnip tea for humans but I don't know what for.

I haven't tried valerian on cats but I've tried it on myself and at home with my parents sometimes they have valerian tea. Helps to sleep and relax I've heard. Didn't know it was used on cats as well.
I wonder if the smell is alluring for them.

DarKevs
February 29th, 2012, 03:20 PM
it is amazing how many uses some herbs have.

take catnip........... actions: Carminative, anti-spasmodic, diaphoretic, sedative and an astringent!

uses for treating..colds and flus...stomach upsets, flatulance and colic.........to treat diarrhea.......it has a sedative action on the nerves...and oh so much more!

even has nutritional value...... calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium and more!

every herb that grows is usefull in many ways. :)

Koteburo
March 4th, 2012, 12:46 AM
Amazing!
Couldn't agree more about herbs ~