I cut catnip today [nepeta cataria] and placed it on baking trays in the oven with the heat
on its lowest setting.
As soon as the pungent aroma of the drying herb filled the kitchen, my cats began to mill excitedly about.
Willow inhaled the delicious scent, then rolled on the stove top.
In the carport, fresh stems were offered to Willis and the three boy kittens.
Nellie chewed up several leaves and became very mellow.
G. placed him on her lap where he lolled limply for the next half hour.
Catnip affects cats in various ways. Some become excited, beligerant, even.
Others, like Nellie, seem mildly uncoordinated and foolish.
"Yes, I think that's my tail--can't seem to get a grip on the thing."
"I'm sooo sleepy."
"Whoops--I 'm all legs and paws."
Wide-eyed--'stoned' out of his gourd--but quite happy.
Nellie, recovering in the herb garden.
"Now why has Mom sealed it away in a bag?"
"There! I fixed Mom. I rolled in the tray while she wasn't looking!
I feel...fine [?]"
"I need a bit of quiet time. Maybe I've had a bit too much catnip!"