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Re: Feral for life

Post by fiffur on Fri Jul 30, 2010 11:17 am

There seems to be no end to natural stupidity. Why is it when it comes to important stuff we seem to be surrounded by stupid people? Poor kitties.............seen any of them lately? How's momma and kit doing after their surgeries?
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Post by Sue Short on Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:11 pm



I don't know i haven't seen them. Things may change when I replant the
catnip.
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Post by fiffur on Sat Jul 31, 2010 11:46 am

A new catnip plant will be a sure draw! How can any self-respecting kitty resist an unmolested catnip plant just begging to be eaten?
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Re: Feral for life

Post by Sue Short on Sat Jul 31, 2010 6:15 pm



Yeah and there is a method to my madness. Trust me.
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Re: Feral for life

Post by bpaquet on Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:57 pm

My enormous nip plant is going to seed. I know it will be back next year, but the kitties are mourning its passing. The leaves are dropping off, which gives them something to munch, but it's not as good as the fresh stuff. They want to visit your plant, Sue!
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Re: Feral for life

Post by jeanebellini on Sat Jul 31, 2010 8:21 pm

i'm going to have to send you those seeds in an envelope.....email me your address please,sue. I"ll get them in the mail by Tues if i have the address to send them to! should be able to get some up out of the ground in a couple weeks this time of year!!
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Re: Feral for life

Post by fiffur on Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:00 pm

My sister's catnip plant growing wild in her garden is also full of flowers-starting to go to seed-so I know it will be back next year too. Plenty of fresh leaves yet, and no pesticides either. Just gotta wait until she stops complaining about what was/wasn't done while she was gone last week. All she's done is complain, complain, complain since she got home. Garden wasn't watered (HUH, I watered it 3 times!), mail wasn't brought in (again, it was brought in every single day). Didn't even get so much as a thank you for the total upheaval in mom, Bijoux, or my schedule.............

I'm surprised as big as that catnip plant is that every stray kitty in the county isn't coming to visit her yard.....
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Re: Feral for life

Post by Sue Short on Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:54 pm



You never know, they may have been in it. If that's huge
she might not have noticed the raiding.
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Re: Feral for life

Post by jeanebellini on Mon Aug 02, 2010 8:11 pm

i felt like i was sealing up contraban...but the seeds are in the mail...the CATNIP seeds that is;)
mine have never gone to seed. i'm wondering if its because i cut so much on mine....pinch them back when they get high now. last year they sat on the window in the kitchen all winter long and amazingly didn't die! I rarely remembered to water them either...but yet they stayed alive and are growing out on the little deck table as i type!
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Re: Feral for life

Post by Sue Short on Mon Aug 02, 2010 8:49 pm



Jeane, around here it's not only the cats who like it.
I put it in tea and lemonade.
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Re: Feral for life

Post by fiffur on Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:27 am

My sis' plant is almost chest-high on me. If a stray kitty came to molest it I'm sure Maggie would bark up a storm to let her know about it. And her kitties would raise a ruckus too with somebody uninvited in their yard.

Sue, did you know catnip is related to mint? That's probably why it's so good in tea.
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Post by Sue Short on Tue Aug 03, 2010 2:17 pm



Yes, I did. In Ascot's last days I tried to get him to nibble
a little to help settle his tummy. The yogurt also helped.
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Re: Feral for life

Post by jeanebellini on Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:46 pm

Buddy ate fresh nip pretty much up til the end.
i have tried cat nip tea but not from my own leaves. do you use it fresh or dry it first? (I think i'll try it AFTER i bring the plants in for the winter. i'm always icked out from taking leaves from outside cuz of bug eggs and bug poop and bird poop that could be on them! even when it comes to picking the leaves for the kitties if they look like they have something on them or have been nibbled on by bugs those leaves get thrown off the deck and into the weeds....if a stray kitty gets to them then so be it;)
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Post by Sue Short on Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:55 pm



I just use it as a garnish, so I will only use fresh. I wash
it first.
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Re: Feral for life

Post by fiffur on Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:43 am

I've only had the option of making tea from dry, and I use a full tea strainer's worth for each cup (it does take a lot). Has a slight sedative and painkilling effect on us peoples. Tastes pretty good mixed with chamomile too.

My sis's plant is big enough to keep at least a dozen kitties very happy!
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Re: Feral for life

Post by Sue Short on Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:07 pm


That's a huge bed. The one I had in the planter was big
too. Till the Stoner Cats hit.


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Re: Feral for life

Post by jeanebellini on Thu Aug 05, 2010 9:22 pm

i guess i should start eating some of those leaves....could use a natural sedative and something to help me please at least a few days a week!
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Re: Feral for life

Post by Sue Short on Thu Aug 05, 2010 9:44 pm



In hot tea with honey it really is very soothing and will
help settle a gimpy tummy.
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Post by jeanebellini on Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:02 pm

i don't know if i have honey left or where it is....but i'll remember that tomorrow. i have to do some snipping anyway so i'll try if it start feeling funky.
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Re: Feral for life

Post by fiffur on Fri Aug 06, 2010 12:00 pm

Actually that's just one plant! It's absolutely huge! But it's also been there coming up every year for the past 5 years that I know of. I know it's considered an annual that reseeds itself if you let it. Must be great dirt and just the right amount of water and sunshine or something. I've never gotten a plant to grow like that in my entire life. **wistful sigh**
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Re: Feral for life

Post by Sue Short on Fri Aug 06, 2010 4:51 pm



Jeane, package of seeds have arrived. I haven't opened it. I asked Joysanna
the best way to start them. She said either the yogurt cups or I could just even
start them in the big planter. She did warn me that I have to keep them moist.
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Re: Feral for life

Post by jeanebellini on Fri Aug 06, 2010 6:05 pm

once theyget settled in and growing you don't have to water them so much. somebody in here (or the other forum that is)told me that catnip likes to have its feet damp but doesn't need to be really soaked.
its not a whole pack, but the seeds are sooooo tiny ...i think that's about half a pack. if you need more let me know...i have some more somewhere(one year i got them so cheap at KMart i think i paid about a nickle a pack so i bought 'em out....got about 6 packs and didn't use more than one and a half or two and a half!)>
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Re: Feral for life

Post by Sue Short on Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:48 pm


Speaking of ferals. I saw two black ones last night.
I don't know if this was the two that TNR'd. I've been
sneaking food and water over to the vacant house late at
night.
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Re: Feral for life

Post by fiffur on Sat Aug 07, 2010 2:51 pm

I wouldn't be surprised if those two were the mom and kit you had 'fixed'.
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Re: Feral for life

Post by jeanebellini on Sat Aug 07, 2010 8:24 pm

ah i know about sneaking the food.....since i've been told NOT to put anything out i've had to throw stuff into the winds in the dark of night. a few nights ago it was a whole bowl of dry food....Judy's kids eat it from the bowls and gave up on it..then nobe got it and what she didn't eat the weed cats got;) I know there has to be kitties living the in the house that was started being built and then the builders ran off with the man's money. there's plenty of kitty room in there!
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