Feline-Friendly Pharmaceuticals

Mike Oxley

Cornwall Ontario, Canada

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Stewie under the influence of the evil catnip. Look at those empty eyes as he “rides the gekko”.

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Now I can’t blame the little guy for sinking into the abyss of catnip abuse. He has his reasons.
Benny, the senior of the three male cats in The Sister’s house has always had a hatred of Stewie and will attack him whenever possible. This has been an ongoing problem and nothing new.
But this weekend Stewie was traumatized to say the least. Two strange dogs are now in residence!! And they barked at him!! He has never been barked at before and took it very badly. He zoomed straight out of the kitchen window and was gone for the day. Upon returning in the early evening, he cautiously poked his head back into the kitchen, peered around and thought the coast was clear. No sooner had The Sister filled his bowl on the kitchen counter when these two mad dogs came charging back into the kitchen and….. barked at him again!! Zoom! Back out the window! The dogs were ushered into the basement, the door closed and the poor wee boy was lured back with – you guessed it – a catnip toy. It was a downhill slide from there.

The first symptoms. A desperate grabbing and chewing of the toy.

It gets worse. Now there’s the frantic clutching and tremors in case the toy falls out of his grasp.

Sheer panic! It did fall out of reach!

Blessed relief. He got the toy back!

And now he’s away into the Christmas Magic. He’ll forget his troubles for a while – but only until it wears off!

And here’s documented proof of the evils of catnip. Watch your cat carefully for the signs!

With thanks to www.catniptoys.com

The physiological reactions in some cats have been studied extensively and catnip has been found to induce a psychosexual response in both male and female cats. One might say that catnip has an aphrodisiac effect.
Your cat may have any or all of the following catnip effects:
Meow and roll in the catnip.
Rub their cheeks against the spot where catnip has been sprinkled.
Get into silly positions such as on their back with paws extended, gazing up at the ceiling.
Run around the room like a kitten playing with its invisible friend.
Settle into a dreamy, sleepy silly pose and not move for a while.

Cats can be very possessive of their catnip or their catnip toys, and some cats have been aggressive after use.

Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
December 25, 2011

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 17 to 70 at 60 mm
iso 100, spot metered, F4.5, 1/100 second, flash

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