Intro: How to Renew Catnip Toys
"Does your chewing gum loose its flavor on the bed post overnight"?
That is the title to a very old song. But it makes a point, would you like to reuse your gum for several days or weeks? It would get a little stale pretty fast.
It should be no surprise then that your cat looses interest in that slobbered and chewed toy you got him several weeks ago. Yes he looks down on it and thinks --- "Its dead Jim, they are all dead", I want something a little fresher.
And those little bodies pile up too. Pretty soon you have a nice collection of dead toys. Maybe even a for real dead one in there just for fun. Well you don't need to hold a mass cremation for all those little critters. You can instead bring them back to life again!!
Step 1: Get Yourself a Big Glass Jar With a Metal Lid
First you need to get a big glass jar, a gallon pickle jar works really good. Why glass? Because your cat can bite through plastic, and they will, and plastic lets smells through it so you need glass and a metal lid that can't be chewed off.
What are you going to do with this big jar? Fill it up with fresh catnip!!
I bought a big package of it on eBay and it has lasted forever. I probably need to get some new stuff now since I only have half a jar left. Some fast checking and a pound of it sells for about $20 with free shipping. Another one has 8 cups of it for $12. and free ship. You might be able to get it at a pet store also but they may not deal in bulk.
Buy the way a pound of catnip is a LOT.
So clean your jar and have it standing by at the ready for when your bulk nip gets delivered.
THEY WILL KNOW when it hits your mail box.
You will have immediate company as you try and get the package open and into your jar. Do not allow them to help, they will get a bit carried away and will run off with the bag spreading it all around as they go. Trust me on this. Lock yourself in the bathroom until you get it in the jar with the lid on it.
Step 2: Throw All the Fallen Heroes in the Jar
After you get your jar filled with catnip:
Gather up all those little bodies and dump them in the jar and shake
it up. Turn it upside down and shake it so the toys go to the top, then turn it upright and leave it sit for a day with all those bodies buried in the good stuff.
They will come out of it better than new (in smell, not in looks). They might have their tails chewed off and their eyes plucked out but they smell BETTER than they did new. Yes instead of hanging from a shelf in a plastic bag they are surrounded by fresh, really good smelling catnip and they take on that smell, and really that is all that counts.
My cats know that bottle well. I have a self service thing going with them. I open the lid and they dig out a toy and then the next in line does the same. Somebody takes it from you, not a problem just go get another one.
A word of caution, don't leave the lid off. Someone will stick a paw in there are start digging and then the bottle will be on its side and the nip will be all over the floor. I had one climb into the jar once, at least as much as he could fit in.
I try and put the toys back in the bottle when they are still wet from being mauled. Why? Because the nip sticks to them better that way.
What a bunch of drug crazed kitties. Then they all disappear for a little while to nap it off.
Step 3: On the Practical Side
These toys are not cheap and to be able to get more life out of them pays off. And I really believe the cats prefer them to new ones. In fact I put new ones in the jar first before I give them to them. There are some toys that don't survive very long. I bought some of these little mouse looking things and they got ripped to shreds. So it depends, some do better than others. Be careful with the glass jar because it will break if dropped.
And another by the way, if you spill a lot of catnip and then use a vacuum cleaner to clean it up, your vacuum cleaner may get assaulted. Better to sweep it up with a rag, or a cat, I found they don't mind that and in fact appear to enjoy it.
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