Of cats and catnip

[TRE PET BLOG POST]

A reader recently gave us these two lovely catnip pouches that she handmade by herself! Thank you! 😀

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(Boy O Boy were these potent!)

We had to ration the use because if given the chance the cats would do nothing but roll in it/kiss it/hug it/eat it all day long (in periodic intervals), thanks to the chemical nepetalactone in catnip which makes kitties high.

We used to store them on top of the piano, where they don’t usually go, but the cats have taken to stealing the pouches wherever we put them so they have to be hidden in cupboards now.

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Waving the worn pink pouch in front of Muffin…they have been kicking it around for a week or so. Evidently still useful.

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The fresh new yellow pouch sends the cats into a frenzy! Muffin has always been the one most responsive to catnip and has been so even as a kitten. He’d roll in the stuff and get all high. Give him some and he’ll be very nice to you.

Here’s a video of Muffin attempting to disembowel the pouch…

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I don’t know if the catnip lovin’ is partially a learnt behaviour because prior to Muffin’s catnip-eating maw arrival at the house, the other two cats (already 4 years old by then) had no interest in catnip.

BUT NOW…

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Eveyone loves catnip!

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The pouches were big enough for the cats to hug and kick as they liked. Play sometimes got rough between Max and Muffin and had to be stopped. The cats are generally polite–they’d take turns when we’re dangling toys for them, but not this. Oh no. EVERY CAT FOR HIMSELF!

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But it’s quite fun to watch the boys try to outsmart each other for the catnip pouch!

Poor Faith is too small and nervous to want to get into some tumble play with the boys so I got the pouch for her and shooed the others away…

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Sniff sniff!

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All yours now, Faith kitty!

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She tried to eat the catnip from the felt pouch. =.=” The good thing about having a catnip vaccum like her around is that even if we give them catnip by scattering dried leaves, she will lick up every bit of the herb. Thanks, cleaner-kitty!

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And after a bout of wrestling…they go to sleep with it, sort of like getting really drunk and then passing out. HAHA!

Since I’ve given it to Faith and shooed the boys away, she gets to sleep with it! For once! Yay!

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