Catnip is a member of the mint family, and it is irresistible to most adult cats. When offered, it will get a cat up and moving! Use it as a reward, as a way to further strengthen your bond with your pet, and to promote happiness through play and activity.
Cats are stimulated by smelling the catnip, so sniffing is their first response. Although an owner can sprinkle catnip on fresh newspaper or in a cardboard box, an even better option is to use a refillable toy.
The toy, especially if shaped like a small animal (vs. a ball), will stimulate the cat’s natural instinct to chase and stalk prey. Move the toy like prey would move (short bursts to start a chase). Watch your cat spring to action! This type of play gives cats the opportunity to develop coordination, increase muscle tone, and enhance their problem-solving skills. Allow your cat to “win” by catching the toy, as it is very rewarding for her. The entertainment – and exercise – will continue as the toy encourages batting, pouncing, and tossing.
A refillable toy, like the KONG Hedgehog Refillable Catnip Toy, is ideal. In addition to looking like prey, the KONG Hedgehog Refillable Catnip Toy makes playing with catnip less messy. The enclosable pouch holds fresh, high-quality catnip without spilling out. And because catnip can cause excessive drooling, the pouch is machine washable (with catnip removed).
When playing with the KONG Hedgehog Refillable Catnip Toy, remember to go at your cat’s pace. If your cat gets overexcited, take a rest break and start again when she is calmer. Some cats enjoy play before a meal, which mimics the natural sequence of hunt, eat, groom and nap, but offer the toy at different times during the day and see when your cat is most receptive.
Only a pinch or two of catnip is needed in your KONG Hedgehog Refillable Catnip Toy for hours of entertainment. In between uses, store the catnip in an airtight container in your freezer to preserve freshness. Look for pesticide-free, USDA Certified Organic catnip composed of leaves and flowers (no stems or stalks). To activate the catnip, crush the dried buds and leaves between your fingers.
Catnip can be a healthy addition to your pet’s life!