Ok so what is all the fuss about catnip buds?
First, it is the most
potent dried catnip product you will find.
Nepetalactone is the natural chemical in catnip that drive
cats crazy and gives them those healthy ecstasy moments.
The Nepetalactone is contained in the catnip plant
essential oil. There is a higher concentration of
essential oil in the flower tops and less in the leaves
For example, to recognize a great catnip mulched leaf and
flower cut, look for the tiny bell shaped pieces in there.
They contain the most essential oil. They are pieces of
the flower top. Then there are leaf and stem pieces in the
mix. The more bells in the mix, the most potent the leaf
and flower cut!
Also look for a fresh looking, green mix! A Yellowish
color indicates that the mix is either old or has been
exposed to direct sunlight, which essential oil don't
like! The milling process for leaf and flower mix destroys
a percentage of the essential oil, no matter what. That is
why the catnip buds, unaltered, contains the most.
Our catnip buds are hand harvested in our Washington State
catnip fields around the end of July each year, at maximum
natural essential oil content. They are then carefully
dried, and packaged.
When giving catnip buds to your cat, we recommend crushing
a flower piece between your fingers and giving it to your
cat after removing the stems. Guess what? When you crush
the buds, you release the essential oil trapped in those
tiny bells, and your cat will hear bells once he gets a
We sell our catnip buds to our pet stores until we run out
(approximately November or December). Then on to the next
spring planting, constantly expanding our fields as more
demand from the market is created! The more cat parents
try them, the more buds they want! We do our best to keep
up with the demand.
Which bring us to the next point: it is a hard and time
consuming process to produce good catnip buds, and there
are very few catnip producers who offer them in USA. That
explains the rarity of the product, its seasonal nature,
and its higher price point. And it is well worth it!
Here are our
catnip buds products :