TheCatSite.com › Forums › Our Feline Companions › Cat Health › Catnip Tea - Am I nuts?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Catnip Tea - Am I nuts?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
I've been trying to get Beandip to drink *something* to wash his pills down. After 3 pills, coming at him a 4th time with a syringe of water is not much fun. He's a good boy, but the 3rd pill is usually his limit. I tried tuna water...he wasn't enthused. Occasionally, he will accept chicken broth. Today I got this crazy idea.

I have these catnip "sachet" toys ...a piece of fabric bundled with catnip inside. So I boiled some water and dropped the toy in to "steep". It had a pretty good catnip smell when I got done. So I offered it to him and he did at least try it...which was better than the tuna water, and certainly better than the syringe.

Am I nuts?
Has anyone done this?
Is it a harmless treat, or can it hurt him?
Any other ideas for a tasty beverage?

Answer any and all that apply.
post #2 of 24
I don't think you're nuts; that sounds like a pretty good idea. Lots of kitties actually eat catnip, so I'd think a diluted version of it would be ok.
post #3 of 24
I think I mentioned this to you in another thread but that cat milk stuff worked for us (and was even better when she gave us a liquid medicine)

Catnip tea sounds fine too though
post #4 of 24
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by icklemiss21 View Post
I think I mentioned this to you in another thread but that cat milk stuff worked for us (and was even better when she gave us a liquid medicine)

Catnip tea sounds fine too though
Ahh, I think you're right. I forgot about the cat milk stuff.
post #5 of 24
That's brilliant!!

And no, you're not nuts... I think you're a genius
post #6 of 24
You're not nuts just very creative. I never would have thought of that.
post #7 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by beandip View Post
I've been trying to get Beandip to drink *something* to wash his pills down. After 3 pills, coming at him a 4th time with a syringe of water is not much fun. He's a good boy, but the 3rd pill is usually his limit. I tried tuna water...he wasn't enthused. Occasionally, he will accept chicken broth. Today I got this crazy idea.

I have these catnip "sachet" toys ...a piece of fabric bundled with catnip inside. So I boiled some water and dropped the toy in to "steep". It had a pretty good catnip smell when I got done. So I offered it to him and he did at least try it...which was better than the tuna water, and certainly better than the syringe.

Quote:
Am I nuts?
Has anyone done this?
Is it a harmless treat, or can it hurt him?
Any other ideas for a tasty beverage?

Answer any and all that apply.
You are definately not nuts. Anything that works as a matter of fact is brilliant. Many brilliant people throughout history were labeled as nuts.
post #8 of 24
Thread Starter 
Awww...thanks for the replies and compliments . After I did it, I couldn't help but think I was *definitely* a crazy cat lady.

Icklemiss...the cat milk stuff worked - he liked it the first time...sort of ignored it today, though. I'll have to work on my technique, as we (Beandip and myself) had a pack of hungry lions rushing in to get a taste. There's no sneaking around here...just can't get away with it.
post #9 of 24
Just to be safe, I would make tea with just the catnip -- not the toy itself. The fabric, stuffing, glue, etc., could exude dyes and such into the water...
post #10 of 24
Well I am with Carol about the glues and stuff ... But My vet did recommend green tea for my girls so ????
post #11 of 24
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
Just to be safe, I would make tea with just the catnip -- not the toy itself. The fabric, stuffing, glue, etc., could exude dyes and such into the water...
Thanks. Yes, the dyes occured to me later. There was no glue, though It was a simple homemade thing. But you have a good point about the dye.
post #12 of 24
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sharky View Post
Well I am with Carol about the glues and stuff ... But My vet did recommend green tea for my girls so ????
Now green tea would be a lot simpler...got the tea bags already. Now just to get him to drink on cue...that will be the trick
post #13 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by beandip View Post
Now green tea would be a lot simpler...got the tea bags already. Now just to get him to drink on cue...that will be the trick
I use it to make "gravey" for the raw
post #14 of 24
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sharky View Post
I use it to make "gravey" for the raw
Ahh, OK...thanks. Might have to try that.
post #15 of 24
have you tried catnip tea yourselves ever? its not bad. they sell it here at the market.
post #16 of 24
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jen View Post
have you tried catnip tea yourselves ever? its not bad. they sell it here at the market.
I tasted a bit of my 'home brew' and it wasn't bad. I'll check around. I wouldn't have thought it would be available like that. Thanks!
post #17 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by beandip View Post
I tasted a bit of my 'home brew' and it wasn't bad. I'll check around. I wouldn't have thought it would be available like that. Thanks!
yup local herb growers wanted to sell me some...lol
post #18 of 24
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sharky View Post
yup local herb growers wanted to sell me some...lol
You sure it was nip? LMAO
post #19 of 24
great idea!
I have seen it in the grocery store for humans and never would have thought of trying it for the kitties.

Another tip - I buy a big ole bag of small gelcaps (500 for like $5) and put the 3 pills in 1 capsule for my cat. Just make sure they can all be given at the same time. Of course the pills have to be small enough, but mine are 1/4's and 1'2's so it works out.
post #20 of 24
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by techiegirl View Post
great idea!
I have seen it in the grocery store for humans and never would have thought of trying it for the kitties.

Another tip - I buy a big ole bag of small gelcaps (500 for like $5) and put the 3 pills in 1 capsule for my cat. Just make sure they can all be given at the same time. Of course the pills have to be small enough, but mine are 1/4's and 1'2's so it works out.
Thanks That's sort of what I already do. I have the small gelcaps...but one of the pills is a big 500mg human sized supplement. I empty that powder out and it takes up about 2.5 gelcaps. The other 2 very small pills fit in the space leftover.

It's a good idea for anyone though...I love the gelcaps because there's no yucky taste.
post #21 of 24
Did someone say catnip tea? Willow and Odo made their own!
post #22 of 24
If it is the shop bought bags that you can make tea with, then it should be fine - I have some of those, but never made tea with it, as they liked the bags enough without it!! Mine are the mice shaped ones.
post #23 of 24
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by cloud_shade View Post
Did someone say catnip tea? Willow and Odo made their own!
That is funny!! Those are some creative cats you have there.

Quote:
Originally Posted by booktigger View Post
If it is the shop bought bags that you can make tea with, then it should be fine - I have some of those, but never made tea with it, as they liked the bags enough without it!! Mine are the mice shaped ones.
These toys I have are something that the receptionist at my vet's office makes. It's just a square piece of fabric bundled up with a tablespoon or 2 of organic catnip inside. They go crazy for them, and best of all they're free too! If I do the tea again, I think I will just use a piece of plain white gauze as a bag, or else I'll get one of those tea thingamajigs to put the loose catnip in for brewing. I'm not much of a tea drinker, or else I'd probably already have the right 'tools' for it.
post #24 of 24
That sounds wonderful, mine cost a few quid!!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Cat Health
TheCatSite.com › Forums › Our Feline Companions › Cat Health › Catnip Tea - Am I nuts?