September 25, 2014

Happiness is a blue fish filled with catnip.

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January 22, 2014

5 Things To Know About Catnip:

1. Catnip is an actual plant.

A member of the mint family, Nepeta cataria L. (aka catnip) grows throughout the United States. The plant features small, lavender flowers and jagged, heart-shaped leaves that smell faintly of mint.

 2. It’s easy to grow.

Cat lovers who possess a green thumb can grow catnip from seed after the last hard frost of the season. As a perennial, this herbaceous flowering plant will return each year with proper care. Keep in mind that catnip requires plenty of room to grow and flourish, much like most felines. Once it grows, you will have the most popular house in the neighborhood — at least among the feline population.

 3. Most cats love it.

Catnip leaves and flowers can trigger chemicals in a cat’s brain that lead to bouts of energetic euphoria or laid-back laziness. For that reason, dried catnip and catnip-laced toys make regular appearances on pet store shelves. Mary Ellen Burgoon of Park Pet Supply in Atlanta advises cat owners to sprinkle dried catnip leaves on scratching posts as a training tool. Pinch the leaves first to release essential oils, and a little goes a long way. You also can refresh old toys by placing them in a sealed jar along with a sachet of catnip. It’s a great way to jump-start a fat cat’s exercise regimen.

 4. Use with care.

Once cats get a whiff of catnip, it’s best to leave them alone until they’ve lost that loving feeling. Catnip also can cause excessive drooling, so you may want to retrieve those cat toys after use. No one wants to step on a soaking wet cat toy. Burgoon also suggests storing catnip and catnip-laced toys in an airtight container or a cat-proof area.

 5. People like catnip, too.

Catnip also can be used for tea. The presence of a chemical called nepetalactone produces sedative-like affects in humans, making catnip a popular home remedy for headaches as well as insomnia. To make catnip tea, add one teaspoon of dried catnip leaves or three to four teaspoons of fresh catnip leaves to a mug of boiling water and let it steep.

Via Mother Nature Network

October 7, 2013

"Woah… Now it’s kicking in…"

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Yeah, more cat pictures.

Someone got some catnip today.

9-27-13

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September 2, 2013
"Oh catnip… Serious serious catnip… I lubs you…"
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"Oh catnip… Serious serious catnip… I lubs you…"

Photo by ©ElbtheProf

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August 7, 2013
Via Archibald The Psychotic Housecats Den of Insanity

Via Archibald The Psychotic Housecats Den of Insanity

June 25, 2013
"OMG it’s… AMAZING!!!"
Photo by ©Breno Angelotti

"OMG it’s… AMAZING!!!"

Photo by ©Breno Angelotti

June 18, 2013
"Dude, this catnip is like totally rad!"
Photo by ©Nesli Gurel

"Dude, this catnip is like totally rad!"

Photo by ©Nesli Gurel

June 18, 2013
Even intelligent cats can do stupid things when they’ve had too much Catnip.
Photo by ©Shironeko

Even intelligent cats can do stupid things when they’ve had too much Catnip.

Photo by ©Shironeko

June 4, 2013
"Catnip pillow doesn’t ask silly questions. Catnip pillow understands."
Photo by ©Pirkko Ryyppö

"Catnip pillow doesn’t ask silly questions. Catnip pillow understands."

Photo by ©Pirkko Ryyppö

May 15, 2013
"Catnip! I said catnip, Mom!"
Photo by ©Kissiminni

"Catnip! I said catnip, Mom!"

Photo by ©Kissiminni

May 10, 2013
Wild Catnip Party!
Photo by ©Kevin Steele

Wild Catnip Party!

Photo by ©Kevin Steele

April 8, 2013
"I can has more catnip?"
Photo by ©Nala Cat

"I can has more catnip?"

Photo by ©Nala Cat

April 5, 2013
"I wish I had some catnip…"  *sigh*
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"I wish I had some catnip…"  *sigh*

Photo by ©all fall down

March 14, 2013
"It is the most beautiful moment of my life!" - says Ginger, about his first catnip harvest.
Photo via Crazy Space Cats

"It is the most beautiful moment of my life!" - says Ginger, about his first catnip harvest.

Photo via Crazy Space Cats

March 1, 2013
If you don’t talk to your cat about catnip, someone else will.
Photo by ©Thorsten Scheuermann

If you don’t talk to your cat about catnip, someone else will.

Photo by ©Thorsten Scheuermann