Like most cats, I enjoy dipping into the nip now and again. It’s a fun way to loosen up and go a little crazy. I always look forward to the times my human brings out the tin of the good stuff. But there’s a little problem around here: my roommate likes the nip too much! I mean, rolling around and feeling frisky is one thing, but he goes nuts! He always starts off okay, just huffing it a bit and rubbing himself in it, but then he starts flinging himself around. Next thing you know, he’s growling and slapping me if I come within a foot of him. What a buzz kill! Is there anything I can do about him?
Nipped Out, Not Flipped Out
Dear Nipped Out,
Most cats can enjoy nip occasionally without any ill effects, but there are a small minority of cats who just can’t handle the stuff without becoming aggressive and rowdy. Binga is the same way — when she gets into the nip, a slapfest is not far behind. What to do about a cat like that? Unfortunately, there is not much you can do about your roommate. You can’t keep him away from it, because you know that if there is any nip around, he will immediately sniff it out, and even a few crumbs will send him over the edge. When a cat has nip rage, about the only thing you can do is stay out of his way. If you want to get your buzz on undisturbed, I would recommend waiting until he has passed out before you start sniffing. It won’t take long — as you know, the catnip high really only lasts about 15 minutes, after which he will probably conk out. His nap will most likely last quite a bit longer than your nip fest, so this is actually a good time for you to indulge.
I know my advice may seem a little unsatisfactory to you — who wants to plan their nipping around another cat’s napping? But sadly, there is no 12-step program for family members of nip-aholics. My only other suggestion is that maybe you could get your human to bring home some cat toys containing valerian or honeysuckle. I have heard these plants have catnip-like effects, but they are less prone to bring out aggressiveness.