My DIY indoor cat garden post has been pretty popular and I have been meaning to write a little update on how my cats, Orion and Pete, liked their cat garden a month later.
As blog post ideas tend to do, that update has morphed into a post on how to dry fresh catnip since we had so much of it in our garden and oddly enough, neither Orion nor Pete were particularly fond of fresh catnip. They were far more interested in the cat grass (wheatgrass) which I found odd so I did what anyone would do; I consulted Professor Google on why that is.
According to Dr. Google, it isn’t uncommon for cats to not take to fresh catnip as much as dried catnip. I found that interesting, but cats are fickle creatures so who am I to ask why? In my reading I also stumbled upon a quick and easy way to dry our fresh catnip and decided that I had to put it to the test.
Did it work?
The fresh catnip is toward the front of the cat garden and to the left. It is a member of the mint family and while my cats liked to smell it occasionally, they mostly left it alone. However, all of that lovely smelling catnip didn’t and won’t go to waste!
How to dry fresh catnip:
Trim your catnip, leaving some leaves on the plant so it will continue to grow, then loosely fold the catnip between two paper towels. microwave-safe container. If the catnip isn’t yet dry, put it in the microwave for 30-second intervals until it dries. It took about two minutes in my microwave.
*Note: take your time and do not over-dry the catnip so you don’t risk burning it.
At the end of the two minutes your house will reek of catnip, but it will be dry and ready for the kitties. Not to worry, the catnip smell went away in about a half hour or so.
I put our dried fresh catnip in a jar to keep it fresh and put it out for the boys. The verdict: they loved it!
Orion couldn’t even wait for me to take it out of the jar. Goofy cat.
I have noticed that they eat the dried fresh catnip when they don’t eat the store bought dried catnip. They also don’t roll around in it as much as the store-bought variety. Even so, they seem to enjoy it just as much, just in a different way.
Drying fresh catnip is so easy and the plant itself is pretty enough that I’m happy to have it in my home, so it’s a win-win. If you’re looking for a little extra love from your feline housemates, grow some fresh catnip and dry it up for them to enjoy. I’m sure they will thank you.