Q: Is fresh catnip OK to give my cat
Sounds like you have more experience with it than me but I think it is a member of the mint family and they take well to shearing almost any time of the year and will kick out new growth. I just have always given it to the cats fresh and have never bothered to dry it- they have to wait for spring and it is usually one of the first plants to green up.
Would it be possible for me to grow catnip inside in the winter, so I could have a fresh supply for my cats all year round? And if so, what would be the proper procedure. Thank you so much for your advice.
Fresh catnip can entrance cats, make tea, or enhance salads. To keep it fresh a little longer, place it in the refrigerator. However, don't expect it to last more than a few days. If you want fresh catnip for your cat or a recipe, go to your garden and harvest some.The chemical in catnip which is responsible for its cat-attractant properties is nepetalactone. Cats mistake it for a feline pheromone. Pheromones are odors which influence cats’ behavior and are used for communication (). Nepetalactone is released from both fresh and dried catnip. When they smell it, it binds to their olfactory receptors and triggers a behavioral response. You should notice some or all of the following reactions when your cat sniffs some catnip ():Growing your own Catnip can be rewarding as it can save you money, give you the satisfaction of doing something yourself and ensuring that you always get fresh, high-quality Catnip for your cat. A word of caution however; the exact kitty reaction you want to grow your own Catnip is something to be wary of. If you plan on growing your Catnip out of doors and other cats can access your Catnip garden then be prepared for unwelcome feline visitors. This may not be a problem for you personally, but cats are by nature territorial and if you have a cat that lives alone without the company of other cats this could prove to be an area of stress for your cat. Even if you keep your cat inside at all times, your cat may get agitated if he/she looks out the window to see another cat frolicking in territory your cat considers his or her own.Cats love to roll, jump, chew, sniff, lick, and crash around with Dr. Pussums pure fresh catnip. It is of the finest quality, using mostly the aromatic buds and leaves. It will stay fresh for about three years, but after a year they have usually licked the toys flat and it is then recommended to plant the toy in the garden allowing any left-over seeds to germinate.While many cat lovers watch their felines do this, thinking that what your cat is trying to do is eat the catnip, it's actually the sniffing that induces these behavioral changes. The eating of catnip by a cat is thought to be an effort to bruise the catnip leaves & therefore release more of the nepetalactone. Fresh catnip is supposedly more attractive to cats when it is bruised, as in transplanting, rather than growing from seeds. However, I have certainly seen many cats enjoy the leaves from a fresh catnip plant grown from seeds.Catnip can be given to your pets at any time, but it is strongest when it is flowering. Both the leaves and flowers can be given, and the stems are edible as well. While you can serve up catnip fresh to your cats, drying it is a great way to preserve it. Drying also allows for use of the catnip in homemade toys. There are three primary methods of drying: