CATNIP BY SUBHERB (THE ACTUALLY FRESH AND HEALTHY CATNIP)

As you know, I am very picky at everything! I am a senior cat, after all! This catnip DID not make me sick. Holly loved it!

Catnip is an aromatic herb that when used in moderation, induces a harmless physiological reaction in some cats. It can be applied to scratching posts or used in stuffed toys. Watch as your cat paws at it, chews or licks it, purrs, or even growls in joy over the treat. Your cat will love it!

For:Cats (3 months of age or older)

Benefits:

  • Can give cats an intense, euphoric high
  • Can be an exercise stimulator for overweight cats
  • Temporary remedy for stressed cats
  • Owners enjoy seeing their cat’s reaction

How it Works:

Catnip is a plant in the mint family (it’s also referred to as catmint). It contains nepetalactone, which causes the playful reaction that most cats experience. Cats detect nepetalactone through the outer layer of skin in their noses where the nepetalactone binds to one or more receptors where its thought to mimic a cat pheromone.

Cautions:

Do not give more than one teaspoonful of catnip more often than once a week. Some cats can react aggressively. If your cat becomes aggressive, stop using catnip and consider an alternative.

Brand Name: Healthy Quality Catnip (SF Herb)

Active Ingredient(s): Catnip

What is this product used for:

Catnip is a plant in the mint family. It is found throughout the United States and grows wild as a weed. Catnip is used as a treat.

Availability: Catnip is a non-prescription (OTC) product.

How this product should be used:

Catnip should not be given more than once a week or the effects may diminish. Apply catnip to scratching posts or use catnip in stuffed toys. Most older cats will become excited or aroused as they smell, chew and eat catnip. When using freshly cut stems and leaves, bruise it slightly before giving to the cat.

What are the side effects:

Cats under 3 months of age do not usually respond to catnip. Not all cats are stimulated by catnip in the same way, and approximately one third of cats will not respond at all. The differences in response to catnip can be due to environmental factors, genetics and the gender (males usually respond more than females due to the effects of nepetalactone, the principle found in catnip). Typical responses to catnip include salivation, rolling and rubbing, running and leaping.

What special precautions are there: Do not give more than one teaspoonful of catnip more often than once a week.

In the event of overdose:  Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room.

How should I store this product: To preserve the potency of catnip, store this product in the freezer, in the original container it came in.

Hill’s® Science Diet® Adult Sensitive Stomach & Skin

Hill’s® Science Diet® Adult Sensitive Stomach & Skin

Old Grandpa Junior is 14 years old. But that does not really stop him from acting like a kitten, especially when it comes to chasing a feather on the string, chewing the head off the new toy, and so on. Thankfully, his battle with the weight did not take the cat out of him. Junior was 34 pounds the day I saved him.



beautiful obese grey cat sleeping on the couch
2 days after I got him. He was not able to get onto the couch, I had to carry him around like a baby.

If you saw some of our videos or read some posts. you know by now that Junior is obese. If you haven’t had a chance to read his rescue story, I would just give you the quick scoop here: Junior spent 10 months locked in the garage with bags of food and water coming from the drain. Without exercise, with the abundance of food he “ballooned” to the whopping 34 pounds. Due to the lack of proper hydration, his skin became very flaky, irritated and his short fur was all mutted.

Beautiful obese grey cat looking at the birds
Summer of 2017. Down to 24 pounds, he is inspecting the birds in his enclosur

Since he did not have a constant clean water supply, his stomach had to compensate for the lack of moisture when processing dry food. This led to some very serious complications. When I was able to get this guy under my care at his sweet age of 12, I did not know that yet. I only knew that I had to be very persistent in helping this handsome man to battle all that excess weight.

I consluted with the vet and was OK’d to give the boy regular store food, but under very strict supervision. The negative side of the new lifestyle was very quickly discovered. Now that he had abundance of fresh clean water from the kitty fountain, he began to go to the bathroom more frequently. And since his stomach was damaged, it was not really processing food as fast as it should. His fur and skin improved, but his weight climbed again. Water weight put him over 35 pounds.



I loved this guy so much from the very first day I held him in my arms (almost dropped him, – he was that heavy)! He has the most beautiful, very soulful eyes! I was determined to make him healthy and we went back to the vet.

We had blood work done, as at that point I was really concerned that Junior could have had diabetes, liver or kidney problems, etc. Amazingly, he got a clean bill of health! So, together with the vet we diminished the problem to choosing the right food. First we tried weight control, but it really did not work at that stage. Junior kept throwing up, and scaring me more and more. After 2 weeks, the vet suggested the “Hill’s Science Diet” Adult Cat Sensitive Stomach & Skin.

I was kind of worried of giving it to Junior, as the kibblets appeared to be quite large. Honestly? It was the first cat food ever that I wanted to try myself after I opened it. It smelled good! (If you are curious, I never did try it).

Our vet got yet one more annoying phone call from me after Junior threw up again on his first feeding. I was calmly reassured that trying for a couple more days will not do any harm, but might get better results. So, I gave Junior this food the following morning, and, as usual, being late for work I was following him around with the paper towel. The towel stayed dry that day!And the day after!



Naturally, we committed to buying that food for the boy. It was a bit more expensive than the shelf food at Safeway… So, I had to become creative and find the best deals on it. Sharing this with you now.

I buy 2 bags at a time on Amazon to get free shipping. I went to a local pet store and found the same bag on “sale” for $ 39.99… So you do your math to see that what I am sharing is totally worth your time reading this far!
It has been over a year now and our beautiful Junie Boy is down to 22 pounds, with the silkiest fur ever! He now runs and even attempted to climb the cat tree! (I only helped a little!)

Watch the video of Junior walking in the snow. (I made it a rule to have 15 minute walks every day!

https://youtu.be/z0BaLmw5jLs