Re: [FH] Re: Sydney is a dope fiend
I grow our own. I started some last spring from seed
inside and then put it in the garden...Its perennial
and returns each year.
As far as safety ?? I don't know, I guess moderation
is good, I just give them a leave about once a week
or less and stay away from giving the flowers...just
in case these are harmful.
Marthe, Gina and Lenny
Marthe, Gina and Lenny
--- howdeeeyall@... wrote:
The catnip you gave her before might have been old and
weak. Most catnip
sold in packages for cats is quite wimpy--it's been on
the shelf much too long,
or processed wrong. I get my catnip in the bulk herb
department at the local
health food store--it's much stronger. Best thing is
to get the HFS to order
you a new bag--that will be fresher still.
Dry herbs only last about six months before they are
I wonder if my Leo would respond to this. He's still
getting over serious
injury to his leg, and that's how we discovered that
he has RCM. He is very,
very inactive. I might try some (fresh) catnip. I
tried growing catnip, but he
used to totally destroy the plants in a few minutes.
I'd have to protect the
plants from his depredations!
I'll wait and see what other people say about the
danger of overstimulation
with kitty dope!
Judith in NC
>her at the age of
> In my year with the inscrutable Sydney (we adopted
> 12 when her former owners had to relocate toAustralia), I never
> noticed much interest in catnip. I reread parts ofAnitra Frazier's
> wonderful book this weekend, and was struck by heranecdotes about
> the catnip-dispensing vet she once worked for. Thisvet believed
> that catnip, in limited (no more than once a week)doses, was
> therapeutic.brought it home,
> So I picked up some Cosmic Catnip this weekend and
> and had such a great experience! Sydney, who pridesherself on
> projecting disinterest whenever we're particularkeen to get her to
> do something, walked over and started rubbing herimmediately rolling
> face on the unopened carton.
> I sprinkled just a pinch on the rug, and she was
> and purring, so I offered her a good sniff of thecontainer, and she
> stuck her face in it and took a huge chomp.purring like
> For the next 20 minutes she was rolling, dancing and
> mad, so I got out her toys. Ever since she got sicksix weeks ago,
> she's not been interested in more than a littleplay. Not this
> time! It was the Sydney Olympics. I watchedcarefully for
> shortness of breath or any other symptoms, and shewas totally fine,
> just blissed out. The glow seemed to last throughthe next day.
> I hope there's nothing wrong with this, as I think
> gentle exercise can do her good. I've been doingthis by carrying
> her out into the yard and then putting her down soshe can stroll a
> bit (with Sydney, it's usually strolling back to thehouse and the
> couch), butHope not!
> this was practically a Jane Fonda workout.
> Anybody know if catnip is at all harmful for cats?
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> -- Sarah (and Sydney)
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- I don't think the flowers are a problem with catnip, which is in the mint
family. People normally use the stalks, leaves and flowers all together. If you
want the plant to last longer during the season, pinch off the flowers. More
energy will go into the leaves and the plant won't wither as early. But as
far as I know, it's fine to use mint family flowers in teas, etc.--they are not
different from the leaves, except they may be a bit weaker in flavor.
Judith in NC
In a message dated 8/2/2005 4:43:12 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> I grow our own. I started some last spring from seed[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> inside and then put it in the garden...Its perennial
> and returns each year.
> As far as safety ?? I don't know, I guess moderation
> is good, I just give them a leave about once a week
> or less and stay away from giving the flowers...just
> in case these are harmful.
> Marthe, Gina and Lenny