“ Brand: Armitage / Food Type: Cat Food „
My two kittens are getting a little older now, and I decided that I would introduce them to some catnip - previous cats I had when I was younger have loved the stuff, and I wanted to see how Yuki and Frankenstein would react . I purchased a selection of different catnip toys, and also decided to pick up some of this Armitage 'Good Girl' Catnip Powder.
This contains 20g of powder, and the container has an opening with various sized holes, so you can choose either to pour or sprinkle the catnip - it reminds me of a tub of parmesan cheese! The lid can be shut quite securely, so if your cats get addicted and try to sneak an extra fix, it's secure and they won't be able to get into it .
I sprinkled a little of this powder onto a carpet sample (I was cheeky and asked the carpet shop for a patch as I don't want the cats messing up my carpet if they go wappy) and waited for the hilarity to begin . Yuki, the boy, was more adventurous than his sister, and he was the first to take a tentative sniff, before shaking his head from side to side excitedly, then hurling himself onto it and rolling about with his legs in the air .
Frankie watched on disapprovingly as Yuki proceeded to get up after some ten minutes of rolling, and start bounding round the room, bouncing off walls and flicking his tin foil balls around . After watching him in a puzzled manner for quite some time, she decided she might as well give it a bash, and went over for a little sniff herself .
Not all cats are affected by catnip, and those that are , have different reactions. Frankie was much calmer than Yuki - after her sniff, she proceeded to lie down on the mat, stretching out and rolling slowly from side to side, before slinking off for a munch and a snooze .
Yuki, Having exhausted himself by this point, attempted to curl up beside her for a snooze too - but found himself distracted by her tail waggling , and decided her tail would be fun to play with - so up both cats got, haring around for another ten minutes, before giving up and crashing out on the sofa.
I think this is excellent fun, and it's nice to know that it is safe to use . It seems to be long lasting too - the cats kept going back to the mat, with the craziness starting all over again . At just £2 per tub, which will give at least 10 or so sessions of crazy cat behaviour, I think this is a fun way to amuse my cats, and myself . 5 stars
My kitties have tried many catnip products but they seem to like the powder the best, the spray doesnt really seem to do anything for them.
I like to rub it on toys and their cat tree which has encouraged them to scratch that rather than my sofa! It seems to have a different response in all of them, Gadjet my little black moggy goes abit loopy for half hour, running around, climbing up the curtains and racing up and down the stairs, She licks it which does her no harm.
Luna the oldest in my troop has no interest in it and it doesnt seem to have any effect on her which is normal as some cats dont respond to it.
Marley my big fluff ball rolls around in it then snoozes!
Jinny who had a weight issue last year has burned off lots of calories by having mad half hours after sniffing catnip, I found in my girls the effects last between a few minutes to half hour then they have no interest for a few hours or sometimes even a day, then they come back to it and the process starts over again. Its great entertainment for you aswell as the cats!
It cost me £1.15 from my local pet shop and it lasts longer if put in toys, i open them up, pour some powder in then sow them back up.
Cat nip is a herb from the mint family and was originally native to Europe but has made its way around the globe, the active ingredient that entices your cat is called Nepetalactone and is said to cause a hallucinogenic effect. Which makes sense as Gadjet often looks like shes chasing something or jumping around trying to catch something when really theres nothing there, that I can see! I always make sure to remove any breakables before I put some catnip down as in moments of cat madness things have been knocked over.
Larger cats are attracted to the catnip weed so I wouldnt suggest covering yourself in it and heading off to the nearest tiger enclosure!!
How do I describe this without getting into trouble??? Catnip is a powder for cats, that sends them completely crazy. I never believed it when my partner first explained it to me..that was until I saw it. You only need to open the packet for the cats to smell it, the nose starts sniffing and then they start meowing like mad, walking round and round your legs, scratching whatever they can.
Then you put it onthe floor, cat bed or wherever, they will roll in it, lick it, suck it, claw it. They can then go two ways, they either settle down and get sleepy with it enjoy the smell and the taste or they can go like a hyperactive child who's eaten too many sweeties, running round the house, jumping on everything and everywhere, they will play with anything too which is great for the older cat.
I have 6 cats. 4 of them go really hyper and the other 2 settle down to relax. This can cause slight problems when the hyper bunch decide they will jump on top of the one's relaxing. It is funny to watch them going crazy and then they sleep for the rest of the night.
Ok so back to catnip. It comes in various forms; powder, grass, bubbles, drops. For 100g of catnip drops it will cost you about £1.35 from pet shops, these make good treats for them. For 20g of catnip powder (as picture shows) will cost you about £2 but will last a lot longer, to get your cats really wild you would be best buying this form of catnip. Great fun for even old cats
I have two beautiful long-haired cats, which I adopted from a friend who was leaving the country at short notice. Unfortunately, because they weren't trained from kittens by me, they had picked up some bad habits, particularly scratching material-covered furniture such as my sofa. My friend did me one favour though - along with the cats came a tub of catnip, and once I'd got over the initial pleasure of wathcing the effect it had on my cats, I found it also had other positive effects.
This particular brand of catnip comes in a small plastic container rather like a small salt shaker. Like a salt shaker, there are three holes through which the powder can be poured or sprinkled. Provided the lid is twisted shut, it is cat-proof - I've had a different brand before that my cats were able to open by themselves! It contains 20g of powder, which I find lasts for about 10 goes.
This brand is a powder, unlike most other brands that I have tried, which look like dried herbs. My cats have no particular preference over the powder/dried herb variety, but the one advantage of the powder is that it makes less obvious mess. The latin name for catnip is nepeta cataria and it is apparently different from valerian (which I didn't know), which cats also like. According to my vet, catnip is completely safe for cats to use.
My cats go wild for this stuff. I only have to shake the container and they come running. They usually start by sniffing, licking and rolling in it, followed by a period of racing around like mad things. This is then usually followed by sleepiness. Apparently not all cats are affected by catnip, although my parents and I have six cats between us and they all love it.
As well as stimulating the cats and causing great amusement on my part, there are two other benefits:
1) By sprinkling catnip in particular areas, it is possible to train cats to scratch there rather than the furniture. I was able to train my dad's fifteen year old cat to use a scratching post for the first time in her life by sprinkling catnip on the base and column. Two or three tries later, she latched on and now uses the post regularly. In a recent three weeks stay at my dad's, which is carpeted, unlike my flat, my two cats were initially tempted to scratch the carpet. Luckily my dad had some carpet left over, so I cut out a few squares and put them in strategic places, sprinkled them with catnip powder and they soon learned to avoid dad's new carpet.
2) A small amount of catnip a short time before a stressful event like a trip to the vets or kennels helps to calm the cats before I put them in their cages. I also sprinkle a bit on their blankets in the cages, a) to get them in without a fight and b) to amuse them during the journey.
Just one disadvantage: it loses its effectiveness if used to often. If the effect starts to wear off, stop using for a few days.
I pay £1.99 for 20g of this product from my local pet shop. I've also found it in other pet shops for round about the same price. It is also available on the Internet.
I've already listed the advantages of catnip. The advantages of this particular brand are:
1) It makes less mess than the dried herb variety, whcih I find helpful - the powder is less likely to stick to their fur and be carried all over the house.
2) It seems that the powder goes further than the herb.
3) The price is reasonable.
All in all, thoroughly recommended to stimulate and relax cats, amuse their owners and to prevent scratching key areas.