Pros: Very potent catnip, cats love it! Good price.
The Bottom Line: Our cat loves this, and I'm sure any cat will!
We rarely give our feline blender, Lucifurr, catnip. No particular reason why, I guess it's just one of those things that we don't really think of when picking up all the other treats to spoil our pampered princess. However, after I recently signed up for a new Petco PALS card, I was e-mailed a coupon for a free bag of Pet Gold Catnip. Hey, I can't argue with free, so Lucy got herself a new treat.
What is it? Catnip comes from the plant Nepata cataria and this bag of dried catnip contains the cut leaves and stems from the plant (as does most catnip). Cats go crazy over the oils in the plant that give it a unique fragrance. The scent is sort of like slightly minty dried grass. The fragrance from this particular brand is so strong that I had to hide the bag way out of Lucy's reach - no matter where I hid it, she would find the bag and proceed to chew on it. I was afraid we'd come home to find it all over the house (which has happened before) and she even tried to get into the cupboards when we had it in with her regular treats.
From the bag... Completely harmless and non-addictive Stimulates exercise in listless cats
Directions Place the catnip in any toy specifically made for catnip use; simply stuff an old sock with the catnip; just sprinkle some on the ground, on the cat's furniture or cat's bed. We usually put it straight on the floor - anything left over vacuums up easily. I don't recommend using an old sock - you'd need to use about a half of a bag to really stuff a sock, but most cats respond to less than a teaspoon's worth of this stuff. I started making homemade cat toys out of scrap fabric that I had laying around since I do other crafts - I would make a small mouse or pillow shape, stuff it with cotton pillow stuffing and add about a teaspoon of catnip and then sew up the end. I sewed ribbons onto some as well, and I have to say she enjoys these much more than any of the toys we have purchased for her.
Pricing and availability This catnip is very inexpensive. A 1/2 oz. bag costs about $1.99, while a 1 oz. bag is only $2.99. And, a little goes a long way! We have been using this 1 oz. package for about three months now, and we give some to Lucy once a week or so. It can be found at any Petco store or Petco.com. I am not sure if this brand is available elsewhere.
Overall experience We are very happy with this catnip, as it seems to be particularly potent and Lucy loves it as well. Pet Gold is definitely a good choice.