Monday, December 8, 2014

Cat Tales ~ The Scoop on "Bud"

As many of you faithful readers know, Me loves Me 'Nip! 
Me loves to eat it, roll in it, and huff the plant's fragrant aroma. 

Catnip is known by many names - Catmint, Catnip, Cat's Heals All, Cat's Wort to list just a few. There are over 250 species of catnip plant which is in the mint family. But only good ol' fashioned Catnip, Nepeta Cataria, appeals to Cats. And yes, Catnip is a relative of the cannabis plant. But Kittys should never have cannabis! 

It is the oil, Nepetalactone, that causes odd behavior in Kittys. Or rather sniffing the aroma of the oil that causes Kittys to act funny, strange or mean. In fact, a Kitty can smell 1 part Nepetalactone to a billion parts air! Meowzahs! It is thought by mens of science that the aroma of the oil Nepetalactone mimics cat pheromones. Eating catnip actually allows Us Kittys to release more aroma from the leaves. And Wes get Our greens that way too. 
Catnip Love is hereditary. If a Cat doesn't come from a family of Catnip Lovers then He can't learn to like it. 
But always remember moderation when partaking of any 'green' recreational bud.

Purz and Catnip Dreams.......Gomez


the dogs' mother said...

And all in Colorado, too! ;-)
From one *state* to another.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

You know a suspiciously detailed amount of information about catnip, Gomez. Are you a dealer?

Jeanne said...

Abby & Tar's Mommy - **wink**wink**

Miss Debra - 'Nip is legal in Mes state. And Me believes a Kitty should know all about what is eaten. Mes just trying to ed-ju-cake the other Kittys of the World!

Robin Larkspur said...

lol! Debra! Gomez, you are a font of knowledge. We have one kitty that is a nip-o-maniac, but the other one could care less.