Jan 25 2013

An important warning regarding your household recreational drug use

I  try not to abuse my soapbox here by proselytizing too often, given that this is a topic on which hordelings have deeply divided points of view. But sometimes a warning is just far too important not to share.

I’m not moralizing here. What you do with your own body is between you, your conscience, and your connection. But an informed choice is always the best choice. I urge you to pay close attention to this Public Service Announcement.


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    *off to drug the cats*

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    PZ Myers

    ARREST ALL THE CATS! Just in case.

  3. 3
    PZ Myers

    Wait, we’re growing some of that stuff in our backyard. I’m not a dealer, honest! Don’t take the house!

  4. 4

    “How delightfully absurd!” -Hedonism Bot

  5. 5

    Pffft, I don’t have to grow it, the wild stuff grows all over our property. Anyway, sorry, Chris, I’ll take my chances with the evil drug. It makes a nice tea for the people types, and in this house, with 5 cats and 23 rats who all indulge in the drug, I couldn’t stop even if I wanted to.

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    Sophia, Michelin-starred General of the First Mediterranean Iron Chef Batallion

    My cat is indifferent to catnip, but absolutely adores celery leaves for some reason. Rolls in them, eats them (prefers them dried, concentrated flavour!) and then sprawls out and drools.

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    Fred Salvador, Onion Jumbler

    Suddenly I don’t feel so bad about that one time I gave my cat coke. Coulda been worse.

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    Mattir, Another One With Boltcutters

    Our vet told us to wait until Turing the Purring Machine was at least 4-5 months old before introducing him to The Drug. I guess myelination is important.

  9. 9

    Well, somebody has certainly been taking something.

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    SC (Salty Current), OM

    That is wonderful.

    On a more serious note, I was watching “Must Love Cats” a while back, and he interviewed a woman who’s researching catnip and how it works She said almost no one studies it, and I was shocked. It seems like so many insights could be gained, and it’s just so interesting.

  11. 11

    watch this unscrupulous drug dealer trying to expand his client-base:Big Cats on ‘Nip

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    Rob Grigjanis

    Catronics: The Pit of Despair

  13. 13
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Hmm…is that catnip out back, or oregano. Maybe some unsuspecting addict….Nah, the oregano has hybridized with the regular mint…

  14. 14

    Oh, sure, it’s harmless, they’ll say. It’s not addictive, they’ll say.

    What they won’t tell you is how many cats who do nip wind up on the hard stuff.

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    SC (Salty Current), OM

    watch this unscrupulous drug dealer trying to expand his client-base:Big Cats on ‘Nip

    Wow. They’re beautiful.

    (Funny – I was thinking the cat in the OP video eating the nip looks like a little lion.)

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    Gregory Greenwood

    A few years ago we found out that the odd looking plant groing in the garden was catnip when our three cats ate all the leaves and stem, and then dug up the roots and ate them too, before collapsing in the garden bed to drool in a semi conscious state for the next quarter of an hour.

    It seemed to be the start of a habit, because one of those cats went on to regularly eat the leaves of fuschias no matter what we did to try to stop her, and would then bliss out for a few minutes, before going back for more some time later. Dead leaves were preferred for some reason, but fresh ones were also eaten…

    Hey – what do you mean this is a vice sting? I’m not a dealer – I have a licence to have those fuschias for decorative purposes! This is entrapment, entrapment I say!

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    I don’t Believe in catnip. It makes no sense.

  18. 18

    It makes no sense.

    Reality doesn’t make sense to you, so no surprise there.

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    Funny – I was thinking the cat in the OP video eating the nip looks like a little lion.

    I thought it looked like a cougar.

    Anyway, this one’s even cuter: Big Cats vs pumpkins

  20. 20

    If you don’t talk to your cats about catnip, who will?

  21. 21
    Francisco Bacopa

    Christopher Smart in the “For I will consider my cat Geoffrey” section of his poem Jubilante Agno, said catnip was evidence that God had specifically blessed cats from among all his creations as it was a powerful drug with no side effects.

  22. 22

    Nuts. Getting no audio on my phone and can’t get to the computer because there’s a cat sleeping in my wheelchair.

    Note: the chair is only a temporary situation; I broke myself doing something stupid back in December.

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    Gvlgeologist, FCD

    One of my favorite photos of my sadly departed kitty friend is of him absolutely blissed out on the weed, with his tongue hanging out, and his eyes clearly unfocussed. I’ve seen him and our other cats get the munchies afterwards, too.

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    chigau (違う)

    Love it!

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    Hekuni Cat, MQG

    My cat loves it.

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    theophontes (恶六六六缓步动物)

    That reminds me of that scene in Pharyngula, The Movie that was posted recently.

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    Crudely Wrott

    I think it is up to each and every cat, as an individual, to decide for their own selves whether they will or will not take this drug. It’s the same latitude that I give myself and my fellow humans.

    Oh, I also drink beer, in fact I am at this very moment and this very moment is further characterized by a conspicuous lack of both cats and catnip.


  28. 28

    I had to go looking for some cat nip I have had sealed in a jar for a long long time and give a pinch to mister thumbs
    Thanks I had forgotten about it. it seems to not have lost its interesting qualities.

    uncle frogy

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    Crudely Wrott

    I really miss my Louis Kidden. He knew how to do so many different things and most important to our close relationship, how to cooperate. If he told me he was hungry I would tell him to go and get ready. That meant sitting beside his dish and waiting while I whipped up something good for him.

    If I asked, “Kitty like brush?” he knew to stand on the seat of the spare chair with his front paws up on the seat back. All the easier to brush him.

    After a day of work, I’d open the door and call, “Where’s my kidden?” He’d appear and I’d lay down on the floor and we’d bump heads. Heh. Bump heads.

    Humans are better at speaking cat than cats are at speaking human. So sad that few humans ever figure that out.

    Come to think of it, I can’t recall him ever doing catnip. Don’t suppose he missed it. I never thought to get it for him since he was always so cool in his natural state. Maybe I should have but now I’ll never know. Don’t suppose I missed it either.

    I miss my little buddy. Perhaps there is another like him in my future. I sure hope so. Time’s a wasting.

  30. 30

    watch this unscrupulous drug dealer trying to expand his client-base:Big Cats on ‘Nip

    That video’s amazing; it has relevant and reasonably intelligent comments! On youtube!

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    Gnumann+, out&proud cultural marxist (just don't ask me about Gramsci)

    That video’s amazing; it has relevant and reasonably intelligent comments! On youtube!

    What? Are you nipping right now?

  32. 32

    Holy shit, I must have this drug RIGHT MEOW.

  33. 33

    Nip – Not Even Once

  34. 34

    Is there a cephalopod version of catnip? Squidnip perhaps?

  35. 35

    Caine, you got me curious, what effect does catnip have on rats? Do they get high like cats or is it something else? Googling got me mostly questions on whether catnip would repel rats.

  36. 36

    @#6: Your cat is clearly a fan of David Weber …

  37. 37
    Don Quijote

    To all cats worldwide. Please join our anti-catnipers society to eradicate this evil blight on the feline reputation.

    Join today and receive a free ball of wool.

  38. 38

    Reefer Madness on catnip!

    Obviously, the government needs to ban this.

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    Antiochus Epiphanes

    Every cat I ever knew on meth started with catnip. Just saying.

  41. 41

    I suspect the only reason the cats haven’t wiped us all out yet is because they’re too strung out on the ‘nip to properly organize. For the safety of humanity: drug your cat today!

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    Markita Lynda—threadrupt

    Yes, Caine, do tell! Your rats like catnip? Do they bliss out or is it just another salad to them?

  43. 43

    Words cannot describe the bravery of those cats in the film that shared their experiences on the Evil Weed. They came clean for the benefit of all Felinekind. I hope every kitten in America sees this film and learns the lessons about The Nippy!

  44. 44
    Jafafa Hots

    Just saw meow.

  45. 45
    Jafafa Hots

    three words and I can’t even not fuck them up. Just SAY meow.


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    WMDKitty -- Survivor

    Which reminds me — I’m out of ‘nip. Gotta wait until payday, though.

  47. 47

    This is not a parody. It’s something I actually watched in the 6th grade back in 19hey you kids get off my lawn.

  48. 48

    So sad, my kittens don’t react to the nip. Guess they’ll never know what they’re missing..

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