20475Sydney is a dope fiend
- Aug 1, 2005In my year with the inscrutable Sydney (we adopted her at the age of
12 when her former owners had to relocate to Australia), I never
noticed much interest in catnip. I reread parts of Anitra Frazier's
wonderful book this weekend, and was struck by her anecdotes about
the catnip-dispensing vet she once worked for. This vet believed
that catnip, in limited (no more than once a week) doses, was
So I picked up some Cosmic Catnip this weekend and brought it home,
and had such a great experience! Sydney, who prides herself on
projecting disinterest whenever we're particular keen to get her to
do something, walked over and started rubbing her
face on the unopened carton.
I sprinkled just a pinch on the rug, and she was immediately rolling
and purring, so I offered her a good sniff of the container, and she
stuck her face in it and took a huge chomp.
For the next 20 minutes she was rolling, dancing and purring like
mad, so I got out her toys. Ever since she got sick six weeks ago,
she's not been interested in more than a little play. Not this
time! It was the Sydney Olympics. I watched carefully for
shortness of breath or any other symptoms, and she was totally fine,
just blissed out. The glow seemed to last through the next day.
I hope there's nothing wrong with this, as I think that regular,
gentle exercise can do her good. I've been doing this by carrying
her out into the yard and then putting her down so she can stroll a
bit (with Sydney, it's usually strolling back to the house and the
this was practically a Jane Fonda workout.
Anybody know if catnip is at all harmful for cats? Hope not!
-- Sarah (and Sydney)
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