Holding a Catnip Celebration

July 30, 2015pet health
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Par-ty. Everyone loves a good party. And cats are no exception.  These little soirees can be more than just a frat cat playtime. You can use catnip parties because they’re fun, they relieve feline stress and to help retrain kitties who spray or pee in a specific area.

Catnip parties turn the soiled area into the party room. Even in the wildest, most drunken frat houses, you don’t pee in the party room! Stressed kitties (boys and girls alike) may mark with urine on the outer edges of their territory. So bring that pee place into his home territory and he’ll be more interested in playing than peeing there.

Make sure you’ve completely removed the odor from the floor (and walls.) Then bring your little offender into party place and celebrate! Just as a human party host offers refreshments, your catnip party should too. Offer both fresh and dry catnip. And don’t forget the catnip toys. Regardless of the form, the catnip needs to have a strong, minty fragrance. If you can’t smell the mint, throw it away.

Scatter loose catnip on the floor. Your cat will likely writhe and roll about and may even lick it. No problem. Accept the fact that you’ll have to do a little after-occasion sweep up.

What party wouldn’t be a party without some games! Bring out your cat’s favorite tease toy, and let the games begin. Make him run and jump to attack it. When the game is over give him some treats or feed him. Between parties, move his food and water bowls, beds, and favorite toys to the soiled area.

Repeated catnip parties will redesignate the marked spot to be part of his home territory. So if you make the soiled area home territory, your cat is less likely to spray there. Even if he’s not having potty mishaps, he’ll enjoy an occasional gala. After all, catnip is the spice of life.

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