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Old 11-13-2011, 08:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm wondering how often it is safe to give Mimi dried catnip? I sprinkle a little bit (between the size of a nickle and a quarter) for Mimi to eat up - she LOVES it! But I don't want to give her too much, too often. I can't seem to find any posts on this subject so thought I would ask. Is it safe to give her this every other day or so?

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Old 11-13-2011, 10:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It should be safe to give that much to her that often. Everything I have read about it regarding frequency of use claims that it is non-addictive. However I have also read that they can develop a tolerance to its effects. Mine usually get theirs about 20 minutes before I start running the vacuum cleaner so they can chill. lol.
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I only give them real catnip leaves a few times a month but they have their catnip fish, rainbow and nanner that they lick almost every day and get whacky from.
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I *try* to regulate my cats' catnip. Give them just a little. But it never fails... I'll slip up, leave the drawer open a crack and someone breaks in, steals the whole container and then it all disappears and I find 6 cats passed out on the living room rug amongst the remains of my container of catnip. Cat nip is very safe, I've never heard of any negative or long term effects. Well, besides the cats getting over-stimulated and beating up on each other like mine do!
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Old 11-13-2011, 11:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Well, besides the cats getting over-stimulated and beating up on each other like mine do!
Same here! We have a catnip party once a week and watching all
six of my cats buzzed on the nip leaves me laughing hysterically. I
do monitor them until they start to slow down because they tend
to get wired to the point of roughing each other up. Nicky always
reminds me of a little John Wayne Junior because of the way he
struts after a roll in the nip.
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I only give them real catnip leaves a few times a month but they have their catnip fish, rainbow and nanner that they lick almost every day and get whacky from.
This pretty much. I give them real catnip a couple of times a month, and they get their catnip toys at all times.
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Old 11-13-2011, 04:41 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for your input everyone!

@ YayHappens - I'm lucky, Mimi is not bothered AT ALL by the vacuum cleaner. I think she may be partially deaf or something. She will sit right there in the room with me and just watch met vacuum! That's a first for any cat I have owned, or should I say that has owned me!!
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PB I was going to start a topic on the vacuum thing. lol

Are you guys all using a particular brand of catnip that has them going extra crazy? I use Whisker City Premium from PetSmart and neither cat will have a strong reaction to it, but they do react mildly. One will drool like crazy and start wanting to gnaw on a toy when I pull out some Valerian. The oldest one just goes...meh... and then zzzzzz at most everything.
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:49 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Dried catnip varies greatly, probably depending on how fresh it is.
I used to go to the local nursery and buy a catnip plant in the herb section and Riley the late office cat where I use to work would just get so high when I would crumple a bud under his nose, his eyes would glare right over and he'd start to drool.
This was a much stronger reaction then any of the dried catnips we tried on him.
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:59 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Yeowww catnip is super high test stuff!
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