Catnip: Fresh or Dried

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    Okay, people who are owned by cats....

    which is more potent?

    Fresh or dried catnip?

    I was just reading that when catnip is sniffed it is a stimulant but when it is ingested, it has sedating effects. Moses just scarfed two fresh leaves and, after going a bit crazy with his Bizzy Balls, he settled down for a nice, long nap.
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    we grow catnip in our herb garden, plus my husband has a pot of catnip growing on the window sill in his office as a backup. we can't grow it insideor the cats quickly destroy it.

    we offer it fresh, but minus the stems, and they get sleepy and mellow. when we offer it dry in an orphan sock, all but one, go wild. david doesn't respond to catnip in either form and ulysses gets agressive when plays with the dried catnip unsupervised.

    the doggie also loves catnip and gets very mellow.

    kathy
    shar pei mom
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    I suspect it's the same as fresh vs dried herbs for humans--dried is about three times more potent.
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    Thank you for your replies! I picked some 'nip today and am keeping it away from the kitties until it dries.

    Last night Moses ate two fresh leaves of 'nip and was pretty squirrelly for a while. My late, beloved Siamese was heavily into catnip and he was sooooo much fun to watch when he was under the influence.

    Kathy, your dog must be multicultural to be affected by catnip. LOL!!!
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    would this be the same doggie who comes for a cat treat and comes running when either of us calls,
    "here kitty...kitty...kitty...?"

    he's taking an online course and is learning to speak "meow" very well.

    the cats earn their catnip time by tutoring other cats in "woof" in which they're all fluent.

    kathy
    shar pei mom
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    Zipporah and one of our other cats come when their names are called, so we figure that's about as canine as they could be.
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    Quote from Moogie
    Kathy, your dog must be multicultural to be affected by catnip. LOL!!!
    Hmm, I guess that makes me multicultural as well. After a long night at work, I like to roll up some catnip and put on a Cheech & Chong film. All of my cares go away.

    My dearly departed Muff did not respond to catnip. It was weird. I tried it in every form available, too. So I never bought any for Abbey, who's now fourteen and spends her time hissing at the younger cats and biting at everyone's feet.

    Reuben and Neela, the youngsters, love it! They've never had the fresh kind. When Neela experiences the dried variety, she goes out looking for a fight...and stumbles around drunk, while Reuben gets very lovey-dovey. I wonder if gender has anything to do with response, too?
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    Quote from CamaroNurse
    Hmm, I guess that makes me multicultural as well. After a long night at work, I like to roll up some catnip and put on a Cheech & Chong film. All of my cares go away.

    I know you're fibbing, but you're going to be surprised how I know. There is a member here on AN who accidentally did that in her misspent youth...... and wrote about it.

    http://allnurses-central.com/pets-an...ia-472844.html
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    I'd actually forgotten that I had started another thread about catnip.

    Duhrrrrrrrrrr (rhymes with purr.......)
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    Quote from Moogie
    I'd actually forgotten that I had started another thread about catnip.

    Duhrrrrrrrrrr (rhymes with purr.......)
    That's OK, I find that I'm more forgetful nowadays. In fact, just the other day I forgot that.......... uh-oh..... Now I forgot what I forgot! :smackingf

    We don't do catnip with our cat much. But the DW has a little flat of wheat grass that she sparingly lets him chew on. He loves it and goes gaga when she brings it in the house for supervised use. (She used to let him have it unsupervised, but she was always cleaning up wheat grass barf )

    He is a spoiled brat of a cat. But he's not as spoiled as yours and Kathy's cats....
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