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Over the course of my life, I’ve mostly fostered and adopted dogs. But occasionally — sprinkled in like a flurry of finicky, fuzzy confetti — I’ve welcomed a few cats as well. One of my very favorites was a tiny gray Maine Coon kitten who eventually grew (and then kept right on growing) into an outspoken, persnickety whiskered roommate whose rear end and huge tail eventually took up half the coat closet floor.

In terms of pet personalities, I’d say that Ben was the equivalent of an overstuffed, breathing sofa cushion. He was just so unbelievably … sedate. He loved to stretch out around the house and ponder, like a giant purring doorstop. He would lie in the sun room. He would lie across the back of the couch (leaving a cat-shaped imprint of fur that announced, “Ben was here”). He would lie in the coat closet, his all-time favorite hangout, crowding out all the umbrellas and snow boots. He would sometimes even lie down while he ate, reclining next to his dish and regarding the ceiling between thoughtful nibbles of canned pink salmon. He was a deeply laid-back, pensive cat.

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Ben, doing his typical Ben thing (i.e., snoozing).

So on the advice of a friend, I tried catnip. Just to, you know, maybe liven him up a little, introduce some spark into his daily regimen of noodle-like relaxation. I’d sprinkle some catnip on the carpet and Ben would look at it. He would cautiously lower his head, and taste just a tiny sliver, and then make a panicked puckery face and wiggle his ears furiously. Next he would lie down next to the catnip, and slowly stretch out, and sigh, and stare up at the ceiling some more. Life was decidedly … meh.

Then one day, as a gift, somebody gave me some Yeowww! Catnip, and Ben just about launched himself through the ceiling. He rolled around and pawed at the air. He ran slip-sliding races up and down the front hallway. He pounced on invisible enemies in the laundry room. He smacked his lips non-stop. He sat against the couch and did goofy kangaroo leg-kicks. He bounced through the living room. Who was this cat? He was having such a blast, and it was like having a whole new pet.

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Ben, playing with his Yeowww! toy cigar and rolling in his Yeowww! Catnip. Wait, this can’t be my cat.

When it comes to catnip, I understand a lot more now than I did back then. Evidently, there’s a big difference between Yeoww! Catnip and the stuff I’d get at the supermarket. First of all Yeowww!, made by Ducky World, uses its own farmers to grow top-grade organic catnip without any chemicals or pesticides. So it’s not only stronger, it’s also safer around all your cats, plus other pets, humans, even little kids. But Ducky World also stuffs all its Yeowww! toys 100% FULL of this special catnip blend, which contains nothing but leaves and flowers – the most potent part of the catnip. There are no cheap fillers, plastic pellets, or lower grades of catnip mixed in.

When a cat bats around a catnip toy (or rolls around in plain catnip) catnip oil is released — and that’s what sets off the harmless but highly-entertaining catnip reaction we cat parents know so well. So stronger catnip = stronger oil, and more catnip = more oil. Once I introduced him to Yeowww!, Ben had a blast. In fact, it’s the only brand of catnip that had this level of effect on him … so it certainly lived up to its name. I’m pretty sure that if Yeowww! products worked for Ben, they’ll work for almost any cat.

I should also add that Ducky World catnip toys are handmade and hand-sewn in the USA, and the fabric is a very durable twill. I noticed that right off the bat. I mean, Ben was the size of a miniature Big Wheel. He would regularly bite, scratch, claw, slobber, clobber, and kick the crud out of his Yeowww catnip toys, and they continued to hang tough. In fact, I still have them — along with all my beloved pictures of Ben. Who turned out to be one very energetic, happy kitty for the rest of his life.

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Ducky World makes a wide range of Yeowww! Catnip products and toys — which, as far as I’m concerned, totally live up to their name.

 

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