Growing Catnip for Your Cat

by Publisher on March 30, 2015 · 0 comments

in Special

Author: Samantha Markham

Most cat owners will have known at least one cat in their lives that was a sucker for catnip. In fact, with only 1/3 of cats unsusceptible to the appeal of catnip, the vast majority of cats go crazy for the stuff. Moreover, they particularly enjoy fresh catnip. So, why not try growing your own? It is simple and your cat will be very grateful.

Catnip, which is also known as catmint, is a herb that belongs to the mint family. The reason that cats are so attracted to it is an active ingredient known as

Nepatalactone. Nepatalactone is very similar to a chemical that is found in female cat urine, so it is the scent of this chemical that is so appealing to a cat.

Growing Your Own Catnip

Growing your own catnip really could not be any easier. Firstly, you will need to acquire some seeds. These can be bought from most garden stores or, if your local garden store does not stock them, a simple online search will lead you to a site that does. The best time to plant your seeds is early spring, as by mid-summer your plants will be flowering.

Catnip is a robust plant that can thrive in almost any conditions and needs very little care. However, it prefers an area that is sunny or slightly shaded. Catnip will spread quickly, so it is wise to ensure you have room for it to grow. In addition, you may find it helpful to trim the shoots of the plant, as this will promote bushy growth.

Typically, you will be able to obtain three harvests from your catnip plant in one year. The good news is that the catnip is perennial, so it will return the following spring. When your plant is flowering, you may wish to collect the flowers, top leaves and stems, which can be either given to your cat fresh, or dried for use later in the year. Some cat owners prefer to allow their cats to play with the catnip plant. Your cat will love this, but it might not do the plant any good. Therefore, if your cat is damaging the catnip plant, you may need to protect it in some way.

Drying Catnip for Toys;

As the scent of catnip quickly dissipates, it is nice to keep a store to replenish any toys that your cat may have. To dry your catnip, simply place the flowers and leaves in a well-ventilated area. Once the catnip is dry, it is advisable to place it in a glass jar or another airtight container, because this will keep it nice and fresh.

Of course, you may like to make your own cat toys by sewing some fabric, such as felt or fake fur, into a pouch that can be stuffed with your homegrown dried catnip. These simple toys are cheap to make, especially if you have access to your own catnip, and your cat will have hours of fun.

Don’t Give Your Cat Too Much Catnip

Believe it or not, it is possible to give your cat too much catnip, which will cause him, or her, to lose the pleasurable affect derived from it. Generally, it is best to provide your cat with catnip, or a catnip filled toy, just once a week. Therefore, of your cat has free reign of the yard or garden, it is best to cover the catnip to prevent your cat from overexposure.

Growing catnip in your yard or garden is really very simple. So, if you have a cat with a yearning for catnip, why not grow your own?

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About the Author

Samantha Markham is a UK-based professional freelance writer. Currently, she is proud to be working on behalf of, an online supplier of unique pet products, including toys for cats and gift ideas for cat lovers, such as cat lover home décor.


This weekend the Super Pet Expo-Northern Virginia

Fri: 4-9pm, Sat: 10am-7pm, Sun: 10am-5pm
Dulles Expo Center
4320 Chantilly Shopping Center
Chantilly, VA 20153

So many fun things to look at and do including:

FUN—Exciting Edutainment for Pet Lovers

SHOP—Shop 150+ Local & National Exhibitors

ADOPT – Meet Adoptable Pets

LEARN—Learn About Different Pets and Pet Related Products

PLAY—Leashed Pets Welcome – Retractable Leashes NOT Permitted

SEE—Dogs, Cats, Birds, Small Animals and More

NEWCanine Good Citizen Testing with the AKC, the Aquarium Experience and A World Record Attempt

“Doggie Kiss” Record Attempt

Couple kissing dog

Join the Super Pet Expo team and NOVADog Magazine, as they attempt to set a record for the largest “Doggie Kiss” ever held!

Saturday, March 28th at 9am in the parking lot of the Dulles Expo Center, we’ll join together to express the amazing bond between owner and dog.

Enjoy a snack (for you AND your dog), music and some fun socialization before we attempt the record.





There are times when it is impossible to stay with your pet. Spring Break is right around the corner and many families will be searching for help to keep their furry friends safe and happy while they take this week to travel. During these times, hiring a pet sitter maybe the best option. Why hire a pet sitter and pet sitter; Becky's Pet Carehow can you choose the best one?

There are endless pet sitting options in Alexandria. Of course, you could always call upon the help of a friend or neighbor, but hiring a professional pet sitter has many benefits. First of all, a pet sitter is a professional, qualified individual who is paid to care for your pet. Hiring a pet sitter in Alexandria means that your animal will be cared for in the environment that he knows best,
get to enjoy his regular food and routine and enjoy lots of extra attention while you are away.


A pet sitter also means that your pet does not have to deal with unfamiliar animals and environments. Not only that, but you will never again have to inconvenience friends and neighbors nor worry about last minute care. Pet sitters will also bring in mail, water plants, and tend to other household matters.
The benefits of a pet sitter are many. But how can you choose the best fit? First you will want to ask trusted friends and your vet if they know of any reliable pet sitters. Next, research your options. The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters is a respected organization that will show you where to find a pet sitter in and out of Alexandria. Pet Sitters International is another great resource to finding a
reliable, trusted and professional pet sitter.


You will want to make sure that the organization you choose is licensed, bonded and insured. Ask about what training procedures they require of their pet sitters and what type of background checks are performed. Ask what back up procedures are in place in case your sitter experiences illness or car trouble. Pay close attention to how your pet sitter interacts with your animal when they first meet, and ensure that they take notes. Respectable pet sitting companies will have references available for you. Check them, and check out review websites for the business.


To make working with a pet sitter easier, make sure all your animal’s supplies are conveniently located and that you give detailed care instructions. Book holiday service early. Stay in good communication with your pet sitter and the company. Working with a pet sitter in Alexandria is an easy and convenient way to be at ease about your pet’s care. Use these helpful resources to make the bestchoice for you.


National Puppy Day 2015

by Publisher on March 23, 2015 · 0 comments

in Special,Uncategorized

Today is National Puppy Day. The purpose of the occasion is to celebrate the unconditional love and joy that puppies bring to our lives, and to raise awareness about the horrors of puppy mills.

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Super Pet Expo: Pet Fun

by Publisher on March 19, 2015 · 0 comments

in In the News Thursday

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March 27 @ 4:00 pm - March 29 @ 5:00 pm

Dulles Expo Center,

4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Dulles, SC 20153 United States

WELCOME TO THE PET LOVER’S DREAM WEEKEND! The Super Pet Expo is such a fun filled event for all. There will be something for everyone. Mark your calendar now! 

  • Make History: Doggie Kissing World Record Attempt  Saturday, March 27 9AM
  • FUN—Exciting Edutainment for Pet Lovers
  • SHOP—Shop 150+ Local & National Exhibitors
  • ADOPT – Meet Adoptable Pets
  • LEARN—Learn About Different Pets and Pet Related Products
  • PLAY—Leashed Pets Welcome – Retractable Leashes NOT Permitted
  • SEE—Dogs, Cats, Birds, Small Animals and More
  • NEW—Canine Good Citizen Testing with the AKC, the Aquarium Experience and Cat-Centric Exhibitors

Super Pet Expo: Fri: 4-9pm, Sat: 10am-7pm, Sun: 10am-5pm


Buy tickets…

Find out more »


The following Spring flowers and plants are poisonous flowers for dogs. They are  considered toxic and poisonous and can result in illness or even death. Please be careful with your pet this spring!easter lily

  • Hyacinth
  • Daffodil
  • Tulips
  • Azalea
  • Crocus
  • Rhododendron
  • Tiger Lily
  • Easter Lily
  • Clematis
  • Lilly of the Valley
  • Morning Glory



 Irish Setter

If you own one of the these Irish breeds then you have…..”the Luck of the Irish”

Glen of Imaal Terrier

Irish Terrier

Irish Setter

Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Wolfhound

Kerry Blue Terrier

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier


Fairfax Animal Shelter: Shire

by Publisher on March 16, 2015 · 0 comments

in Rescue Monday

Shire is just 1 year old and in need of a home. She is a beautiful Siberian Husky.


Click HERE for more information.


Canine Veterans Day

by Publisher on March 13, 2015 · 0 comments

in Fun Friday,Special

Thank you to all the canine warriors past and present,  AND  the handlers too!

Canine Veterans Day


Dog Park Do’s and Don’ts

by Publisher on March 12, 2015 · 0 comments

in In the News Thursday


A dog park is an excellent place to take your dog for socialization, some good old- fashioned exercisedog park, dog playing
and a breath of fresh air. Arlington has many dog parks scattered about providing owners with many
different options. One of Arlington’s dog parks even contains stream access for water loving breeds!
Exercise is a key component to ensuring that your pet is physically and mentally healthy. Many Arlington
dogs on week days have a dog walker come by and provide them with some much needed daily
exercise. Why not mix things up on the weekends and take them to a dog park, a setting that is created

just for them.Owners need to first decide if the timing is right to take their pooch to participate in the dog park experience.

All dogs who come to the park should be good canine citizens able to follow basic
commands such as sit, stay and to come when called. Your pet should have up to date shots, be healthy
and not currently being treated for an illness, and if your dog is an unsprayed female she should not
be in a heat cycle.


The dog park experience can be very fun and rewarding for pets and their owners especially if certain
dog park etiquette is followed. First of all, please keep your dog leashed until he/she can be releas
ed into the open and properly secured dog play area. Leashing your pet in the parking lots and until he/s
he reaches the designated play area is crucial for the safety of your pet and for the peace of mind of al
l park participants. Make sure your dog has up to date licensing and is properly tagged and use only buckle
style collars as a pinch collar may be hazardous to other pets. Make sure to pick up and dispose of any
dog waste in a proper and expedient manner.


A dog park is a great place for a dog to be a dog! Certain behaviors such as mounting, minor aggression,
vocalizing and toy “borrowing” is to be expected. To avoid unnecessarily unpleasant circumstances
owners must be proactive and engaged. Have a cell phone with you in case of an emergency but limit
usage of electronic devices so that your attention can be focused on your pet. Take the opportunity to
stay connected with your pet by talking with your pet or engaging in active play such as chase or fetch.


Your pet can be rewarded with treats or treats can be used to modify your pet’s behavior, but take care
not to feed other dogs as you are not aware of their dietary restrictions. Encourage your pet to share
his toys by allowing to others to play with them for a bit or by engaging your pet and another in a friendly
game of tug of war. Games that allow dogs to use their natural hunting skills to find hidden objects
such as balls, toys or Frisbees can be fun.


Visiting one of Arlington’s many dog parks is a rewarding experience for canine and owner alike if you
take in to account the dos and don’ts of dog park etiquette. Basic common sense and a proactive
attitude toward preventing unfortunate circumstances will ensure a safe, fun times is had by all.