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« on: January 02, 2007 08:02:01 PM »

Hi!
After seeing all the wonderful home-made catnip toys on here, I was dying to make Gingie some. But the thing is, where do I buy the catnip from?!
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2007 03:36:37 AM »

You can buy catnip from most pet stores, you can also buy all the stuff and grow your own.  My parents (when owned by a cat) had a patch of it in one of the flower beds and the cat knew where to find it.
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2007 08:33:05 PM »

I'm lucky- it grows wild in our woods Grin. Just be careful, though- it's similar to a creeping vine and can easily take over the whole area, given the right conditions. I know I saw it for sale once, but I don't remember where...
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2007 10:07:22 PM »

I got a bag of loose catnip from petco to make a stuffed catnip pretzel for my friend's cat named Pretzel... yeah, its sort of weird, encouraging pretzel on pretzel violence... anyhow, petco had it loose in a bag and also a package with little sachets of it. In the future I would use the sachets because the loose catnip ended up everywhere.

have fun making cat toys!
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2007 07:57:36 AM »

This place has pretty cheap dried botanicals.

http://www.sfherb.com/cart/webstore/SearchResults.asp
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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2007 02:03:40 PM »

I've been buying "Cosmic Catnip" at the pet store.  If you're in the U.S., it's fairly cheap at WalMart (if you shop there). 

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=3635440

It says they're out of stock, though.  3.5 ounces makes a lot of cat toys.

Catnip is fairly cheap on Ebay, but you want the buds and leaves, not stems.  The best stuff is in the buds, followed by leaves.  The stems are useless and are only used to "pad" the package.
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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2007 08:15:56 PM »

Target sells it dried in the section with the cat toys
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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2007 02:55:44 AM »

Thank you all for your replies Smiley Unfortunately I live in the UK so we don't have Target or Walmart but I'll ask in a few pet shops.
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« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2007 09:40:44 AM »

I know someone mentioned it before, but it's real easy to grow if you can't find it dried and packaged already.  Find a place to get the seeds and pop it into some soil in a pot and put it in a sunny window and watch it grow (even in the winter).  Only thing is, you might now get a chance to dry it out if your kitty finds it first! 
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« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2007 08:24:36 PM »

i would try your local garden centre. catnip is part of the mint family. here's something i lifted straight from wikipedia:

"...both true catnip and Faassen's catnip have a sharp, biting taste, while the taste of giant catmint is bland. Approximately two thirds of cats are susceptible to the effects of catnip, as the phenomenon is hereditary. The fact that it only elicits such a response in a proportion of cats—and that it is such a dramatic response—suggests that a genetic element is involved that is enriched in domesticated breeds... However, some cats become overly excited when exposed to catnip, so aging or obese cats with heart troubles should be kept away from it. A diabetic cat can also experience complications from catnip."
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