Cats that enjoy catnip have lots of opportunities for feline fun with this herb. Did you know catnip can be a great training tool as well?
You can use catnip to change a shy cat’s attitude into confidence. Bully cats can be mellowed a bit when under the influence of catnip. Since today is “change a pet’s life day,” a catnip treat could be a great pick-me-up for needy cats at your local shelter—wouldn’t that be a marvelous way to support their wonderful effort?
Most cats have their own idea about catnip interaction. But to get you both started, here are 5 ways to play with catnip.
Spike the scratching post
Encourage cats to leave your furniture alone and instead target the legal scratching post by making the post more attractive with catnip. You can scatter the catnip herb over top of the scratch item, purchase one already impregnated with catnip, or use catnip spray to spike the post.
Fill a sock
Dried catnip can be messy, especially after your cat rolls all over and it catches in their fur. To keep it contained, you can purchase bulk catnip and put a tablespoonful inside a sock and knot the sock. Let your cat enjoy playing with, biting and kicking or rolling on the catnip sock. You can refresh the sock with a new scoop of the herb as needed.
Offer catnip toys
A wide variety of commercial catnip toys are available. Find one that your cat enjoys—catnip mice are popular—and offer them to your cat.
Loft some bubbles
Many cats enjoy chasing bubbles—yep, those same ones kids like to blow from soap suds. You can find catnip-scented bubbles made especially for your cat’s enjoyment.
Since catnip is an herb, you can grow the plant yourself. Catnip grow kits are a cat favorite because the herb smells so much better when fresh. Just be sure you situate your catnip garden out of feline reach or the cats will eat it up and un-plant the pots in one setting.
Amy Shojai is a certified animal behavior consultant, consultant to the pet care industry and the award winning author of 23 pet care books.