Is fresh catnip OK to give my cat?
Sure! I'm always surprised that individuals can give their cats catnip toys although not the genuine article. I'd reckon that 95% of my clients don't think about this until I ask them. I usually carry some dried fresh catnip in my backpack with my client's permission, give some to the cats I care for during my visits.
My own cats love catnip – so much in fact that it's a really fun time in the house after i have to refill the catnip within my backpack. I keep catnip in a large container within the refrigerator, which helps it last longer. When I am prepared to do the transfer, I attempt to get it done when my cats are snoozing on another room. No matter how quiet I'm, however, my cat Roscoe usually comes encountering the kitchen (followed by my other cats) and causes it to be quite clear he wants some right now. Once I even closed myself in the bathroom to transfer the catnip but everyone knows cats will always be a measure ahead of us. All of the cats counseled me lined up awaiting me after i opened the door. Caught red-handed, each cat got a bit to experience with.
Catnip is fun for most cats and the response is nearly the same for all. First they sniff it, then they might lick it and finally they may start rolling around in it. Some cats salivate, and other cats will groom with gusto – or groom one another! All if this sounds like fine. Not only are they having a good time but it fun to look at, the affects don't last long. Soon they'll soon go off to inspect something else, or have a well-deserved cat nap.
Catnip isn't expensive and is available in dried leaves and blossoms and even a non-aerosol spray. I also like to give my cats a “nip rug” to play with. This is a small bit of rug that I put the catnip on. They have fun with it, scratch it and that i like to think it saves my furniture! As always I welcome your stories and comments.