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.

Daisy the Curly Cat with a package of complimentary PetMeds 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.

Daisy checks out the bouquet of the catnip

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.

Daisy enjoys tasting her catnip

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.

Rolling around in catnip is always enjoyable

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.

More catnip rolling

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.

Catnip makes toys more exciting

Sometimes catnip can make Harley act crazy, so I like to run away before the maniac gets loose.

Daisy gets away before any trouble can start

How do you use catnip?

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  1. I wish ai could play wif katmip, but ai a dog. My hoomin gonna adopt a kitteh soon, though! I will ask the kitteh if ai can share the toys.

  2. I do not like catnip as I am a goat but Sherpa the Farm cat goes crazy for it. Harry sort of likes it and Pumpkin and Stinky could care less about it.

  3. Daisy the Curly CatMay 6, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Keisha, that is very exciting news!

  4. Daisy the Curly CatMay 6, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Somehow I figured Sherpa the Farm cat would like catnip!

  5. We like it spread on our heart toy and then we roll on it!

  6. Daisy the Curly CatMay 6, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    That’s a good idea, Chey!

  7. All 4 of us like catnip but a few times our mom ordered, she got a dog bone. Only one of us liked it, but mommy threw it away!

  8. It took me a long time to get into catnip. My roommate Binga is kind of a catnip junkie and it makes her mean… maybe that is why I was turned off at first.

  9. Daisy the Curly CatMay 6, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Oh no! I’m sorry that happened. If you send me your order number or customer number, I’ll send you some catnip (you can email us at arosenberg@1800petmeds.com.

  10. Daisy the Curly CatMay 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    That Binga! I prefer to keep Harley away from the catnip, too.

  11. We find it hard to believe that anything makes you bitey! 😉

  12. Daisy the Curly CatMay 6, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Yep, I can be bitey sometimes ::hangs head in shame::

  13. Daisy, you sure do enjoy your catnip! We love catnip too. We lick our toys stuffed with nip until they are nice and soggy. 🙂

  14. Oh Daisy, I like to enjoy my catnip just like you (except for the perfume thingie, of course)! This is so sad that some kitties can’t enjoy it (but that means more for us…).

  15. Daisy the Curly CatMay 7, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Soggy, catnip-filled toys are the greatest!

  16. Daisy the Curly CatMay 7, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I feel a little bit sad that some cats do not enjoy catnip, too!

  17. Whoa Daisy, that went right to my head, I feel a little tipsy.

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