Stale Mice

A Penny for My Thoughts

CATNIP. Now there's a concept. Catnip is a plant of the mint family that cats love for an unknown reason. This dried tobacco look-alike laces tiny stuffed cat toys...mice, balls and holiday themes. It comes in a spray for those times we feel in need of freshening up the stale mice and balls and Santa heads.

Felines eat it and roll in it. Their euphoria is second to none in the world of cat pleasure. Is this interesting phenomenon akin to using elicit substances such as marijuana or hashish? Hmm,well I'm not sure.

The American Veterinary Association has sanctioned the use of catnip for cats. Am I, however, being an enabler when I open the tin and spoon some out for my 'girls?' Will Phoebe or Leah stumble off their cat perch and break a bone because I have allowed catnip in my home? Can they overdose if I leave a full container of 'nip' on the counter?

We are a society that treasures their pets. We spend millions of dollars annually just on their play things. Yes, I can afford a catnip toy from time to time and I do get a kick out of their induced frolicking. I won't overdue the catnip offerings because it's a bit too weird for my liking. 


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