Wondering What to Do With That Catnip? Ask Daisy!
As you may or may not know, if you order cat supplies from PetMeds, you might find a surprise with your order: a bag of free catnip! It is hard to believe, but up to 30% of cats do not enjoy catnip and some cats do not even know what to do with it. Never fear, I am here to educate you so you can get maximum enjoyment from your baggie of catnip.
I am a connoisseur of catnip. I recommend you start off savoring the bouquet… that’s a fancy way of saying sniff it. This is so you can enjoy the active ingredient in the catnip which is called nepetalactone. If you crush up the catnip it releases more of the aromatic oils.
I also enjoy tasting my catnip. You really only need to provide a pinch of catnip for your cat, but I always say “the more, the better!” Catnip is an herb and it’s okay to ingest; it is a member of the mint family but it won’t freshen your breath.
My favorite way to enjoy catnip is to roll around in it and get catnip all over my fur. Afterwards it’s funny to run all around scattering catnip throughout your house! The effects of catnip usually last from 5 to 15 minutes or so.
Here I am applying some of the aromatic oils behind my ears like a fine perfume. This step is not required, especially if you’re a boy cat.
My brother Harley the maniac likes to play with toys that have catnip rubbed on them. You can also stuff catnip inside a toy, or rub catnip on your scratching post. Some cats drool, run around, growl, roll around, act playful or silly, or just mellow out when exposed to catnip. It can make some cats aggressive, and I admit that I sometimes get a little bit bitey after being around catnip.
Sometimes catnip can make Harley act crazy, so I like to run away before the maniac gets loose.
How do you use catnip?