My Cat is
must have been a stroke of genius when my grandson named her
Frisky. I have to admit, the current problem is at least
partly my fault, so I can't in good conscious say too much.
Nevertheless, a normal cat would not behave this way.
Frisky, of course, is not a normal cat.
It all started
when I was watching that program "My Cat from
Hell" on television. The animal behaviorist said that
cats want something green to nibble on and suggested
providing them with a planter of cat grass. My mistake was
when I decided to plant catnip instead of grass. All cats
like catnip, don't they?
I should have known. I
once planted some catnip in my herb garden. Cats from miles
around came to visit. It became such a nuisance after a while
that I pulled it up, but being from the mint family, it is
hard to get rid of, like a weed. It took years to eradicate it
This time, however, I
would plant it in a pot so it could be contained. In only a
few days the seed sprouted and the plants quickly grew to be
several inches tall. Either the plants didn't like the
container or it was the unseasonably hot weather, but the
plants wilted and could not be revived.
My daughter was
disappointed. She stripped the dry leaves from the dead plants
into a plastic baggie as “Cats like dried catnip,” she
Frisky was especially
naughty the next morning, knocking a jigsaw puzzle that the
grandkids had been working on for days off the table and onto
the floor. We thought it was only Frisky being frisky.
However, it was a bit
more. Frisky was nipping on the catnip. She had jumped to the
kitchen counter, where she is not normally allowed, chewed the
plastic bag open and apparently sniffed weed until she was
I found out too late that
catnip is actually pretty potent. Some people call it cat
marijuana. I had no idea that cats can go crazy over it.
Felines are affected by
the smell of the catnip which has oil in it similar to
eucalyptus. When the leaves are crushed, even more of the
scent is released. Cats usually react by rolling around and
becoming playful. It is supposedly not harmful.
Frisky scattered catnip
all over the kitchen. She knocked the cat food off the counter
and turned over a large container of kitchen utensils. She
staggered to the kitchen sink where she knocked a dish soap
bottle and other items into the sink. Then she wobbled over
and smacked a package of donuts onto the floor.
I suppose in her imbibed
state she thought she could fly, as she leapt to the top of
the kitchen cabinets and rearranged all the decorative baskets
there. When my daughter investigated the commotion, she found
Frisky on top of the refrigerator, denying everything.
We are harboring a feline
drug addict. As I said in the beginning, I am an enabler for
planting catnip in the first place. I had no idea it would
cause all this.
In case you are
wondering, catnip only affects cats. It does not have the same
effect on people. I looked it up to be sure before writing
this column. It will only make you sleepy. So, if you are
heading to the garden shop to buy catnip seeds, forget it.
I caught Frisky on the
kitchen counter again this morning, undoubtedly looking for
her fix. I do not need a cat that is a pot-head. She is
If you happen to hear of
a 12-step program for cats, please let me know. She is going
on the wagon.