They chewed, they rolled in it, they attacked it, then each other and then the dogs and then curled up, each in his or her own chair and fell asleep.
I find it fascinating that catnip has this effect on cats. To me, when it's fresh and disturbed, it smells like skunk. Whenever Christopher finds some in the garden he delights in bruising it and of course I panic and go looking for the skunk-off, sure the dogs will be sprayed by the black and white passerby.
|In a catnip doze|
The following is from Wikepedia about catnip, catmint or catwort as it can be called:
Nepeta cataria is mostly used as a recreational substance for feline enjoyment. Roughly two out of every three cats will be affected by the plant, whether it is growing in the wild or harvested and dried. Approximately two hours after an exposure, the feline will be sensitive to another dose. The common behaviors that are observed are: rubbing on the plant, rolling on the ground, drooling, or consuming much of the plant. The plant terpenoid nepetalactone is the main chemical constituent of the essential oil of Nepeta cataria and acts as a feline attractant. This chemical enters the feline's nose, and produces semi-hallucinogenic effects on the cat.
Catnip has a history of human medicinal use for its soothing properties. It has also been known to have a slightly numbing effect. The plant has been consumed as a tea, juice, tincture, infusion or poultice, and has also been smoked. When the active oils in the plant are isolated and refined, they supposedly work as a mosquito repellent.