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So I went to Lowes garden dept today and asked the girl in that dept at the register if they ever sell any catnip plants? She says yes but only in warmer weather so I say, guess I'll go check and see if ya have any catnip seeds to sell here. So I come back w/ the seeds I found and there is another different girl there at the register and she looks at the seeds and says " are those for your cat?" and I say yes and she says"ya know those plants are bad for your cats as they can cause stomach ulcers and she suggests I go to Fred Meyers, which is a different store down the road aways and buy some stuff called wheat grass for cats instead. So I said ok then I guess I won't buy the catnip seeds. So Lowes just lost a sale and now I look on the internet and can't find a thing about cats getting ulcers from catnip. What I found was that even humans can drink a tea using catnip and it is supposed to be good for reflex or stomach problems. Anybody know anything about this stuff causing ulcers in cats?
 
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Agree jw, nothing on harming cats I might grow it and rub it on self to get rid of mosquitos, cept we don't have many since the build of the pond.

Catnip is not harmful to your cat. They won't overdose on it. Most cats know when they've had enough & will refuse any further offers.


Interestingly, researchers say that nepetalactone is about ten times more effective at repelling mosquitos than DEET, which is the active ingredient in most insect repellents. It was also discovered that catnip repels cockroaches too!* Plants aren't alone in containing nepetalactone, some insects & ants also contain it. It's been speculated that this protects them from insects.

Rats & mice are also believed to have a strong dislike of catnip & will avoid places where it grows.
 

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Addy, I've heard that it's good for repelling skeeters but didn't know about it repelling mice. CE better put some in her new toaster,lol!

I heard that it spreads like mint tmann and if I planted any I would put it in its own spot far away from any other garden plants. I might just get the wheat grass stuff instead for the cats as it is supposed to be good for them.
 
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I love my mint !!! I heard it repels fleas also. I was thinking of planting it along the fence on the neighbors side that has 16 cats and 3 dogs ... lol

When I had my cat, he loved catnip !!
 
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I stuck some in the pond too, just love the smell of it, if it grows to much I just yank it out
 
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I have it in one spot, next to the Bio filter. It does get invasive, but very easy to pull out if it goes where I don't want it. The smell is wonderful.
 
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Agree jw, nothing on harming cats I might grow it and rub it on self to get rid of mosquitos, cept we don't have many since the build of the pond.

Catnip is not harmful to your cat. They won't overdose on it. Most cats know when they've had enough & will refuse any further offers.


Interestingly, researchers say that nepetalactone is about ten times more effective at repelling mosquitos than DEET, which is the active ingredient in most insect repellents. It was also discovered that catnip repels cockroaches too!* Plants aren't alone in containing nepetalactone, some insects & ants also contain it. It's been speculated that this protects them from insects.

Rats & mice are also believed to have a strong dislike of catnip & will avoid places where it grows.

I don't have a cat, but there are a few strays around as well as other folks' outdoor cats and I have thought about growing catnip. This information seals it! Anything that can repel mosquitoes is welcome in my garden, but the added benefit of roaches and rats not liking it makes me want to get out and get some this instant!
 
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Yeah, it is true! Catnip is one very useful herb. I know first hand that it protects against mosquitoes and mice! It also provides much enjoyment to my cats and in turn me, because I love watching them go crazy for it and act silly together. It definitely doesn't cause ulcers. They usually don't even eat it in my experience, but rub it on their faces.
 
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Thanks!!

Totally interesting! I love Basil, Lavender and Mint, I will be planting those all around my house next spring, hope it works!!
 
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I hope it works too! When I was in Spain one of the vineyards we visited was using herbs to control pests, but there were a lot of plants. I think they would have to completely around the perimeter of the house for it to work.
 
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Even more interesting than I thought it would be when I clicked on the link! When I had cats, they completely ignored the catnip - but I'd planted parsley, and they literally rolled around in that all the time, I've no idea why. I never thought to look at the active chemical ingredients in it, I'll do that.

Very interesting to see what insects and pests don't like catnip, but yep, a problem if its invasive. I do have a bed where I could put all the invasive plants together - catnip, mint, anything else? Its right by the back door, so I could just hop out there to grab some leaves for my mint tea, which would be lovely. Can humans drink tea made from catnip leaves? Or maybe cats would find it so attractive, I'd have to protect it in a cold frame as we were describing on another thread ...
 
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I really don't care for cats, so I would not intentionally plant catnip to attract them. But, if catnip can repel mosquito's I will let it take over my backyard like my lemon balm plant did. I hate mosquito's I will tolerate a neighborhood of stray cats if I can get the mosquito population down at least by 20%.
 
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I don't dislike cats, they're cute as kittens and some are very pretty as adults - which makes them hard to resist. The problem with a cat as a pet is that they don't friggin' listen, lol! Dogs do what you tell them to (for the most part) and cats do whatever they want. I don't mind a couple strays around because it keeps the rodent population under control, but adopting one of them would mean getting it fixed and buying it food and taking it to the vet...

Of all the lavender I started indoors last year, only two plants have survived :-(
 
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I am the world's WORST mosquito magnet, and so I just went out today and I bought catnip seeds! I am going to have pots of catnip on my deck, so that I can pick a few sprigs on my way out the door. The cats will probably destroy some of the plants, and so I bought enough seeds for several pots of catnip! I will plat them today, as soon as it stops raining!

I am delighted to hear that there is a way to reduce bites without spraying myself with poisonous DEET every few hours. Because it has rained almost every day here I expect a LOT of mosquitos this year!
 
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That Avon Skin So Soft oil works great for mosquitoes. I have tried all sorts of things from burning sandalwood incense to rubbing fresh basil on my skin. I have two citronella plants right now, but if I thought catnip would do the trick I'd spread it all around the house!
 
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Here is the catnip I planted a few months ago from seed, it just don't seam to be growing very fast
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