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Ten Reasons Why Cats Prefer Catnip to Coffee


Ten Reasons Why Cats Prefer Catnip to Coffee

Why do people drink coffee? I really don’t understand. Why would a person want to drink coffee when they can smell catnip?

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Did you see that?

One of the kittens just walked across the keyboard.

“Mrs. Hodges please don’t delete that line of three’s. I have been trying to teach Nepeta, the kitten, for days how to type the number 3.”

“Of course Pooh. I won’t delete the long line of three’s.”

Can you see the plant that is behind me in the photograph? The green plant with purple flowers. It is catnip. I love to smell it first thing in the morning. Smelling catnip is a much better way to start the day.  I also have a toy with catnip in it.

Perhaps people would enjoy their morning more if they had a toy to play with that is full of catnip?

Please excuse me while I nap on my catnip toy.

Please excuse me while I nap on my catnip toy.

Ten Reasons Why Cats Prefer Catnip To Coffee

  1. Catnip smells better than coffee.
  2. Catnip tastes better than coffee.
  3. Coffee keeps you awake. Why would anyone want to stay awake when they can take a nap in a sunbeam?
  4. Catnip helps you sleep.
  5. You can take a nap and cuddle with a catnip toy. You can not take a nap and cuddle with a cup of coffee.
  6. The catnip plant is pretty to look at. It has purple flowers.
  7. Coffee is dark brown and looks like mud.
  8.  Coffee stains your teeth brown, catnip does not stain your teeth.
  9. You have to wash your coffee cup. You don’t have to wash your catnip toy.
  10. A cat does not have thumbs to hold a coffee mug. To enjoy catnip a cat does not need thumbs.
  11. And I have to add one more reason. A sort of bonus. If you tried to take a nap with your coffee mug you might spill the coffee on the carpet. And, that would be messy.

Can you think of any other reasons cats prefer catnip to coffee? Please tell me the comments. I always love to hear from you.

Really, I should have titled the story, Why Catnip is Better Than Coffee. It is really not a matter of preference. It is the truth.

I wish you all the best today.

And we can still be friends even if you prefer, as a human, to drink coffee instead of smell catnip. The best part of being friends is that we don’t have to think exactly the same.

All my best,
Love Pooh

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  • Oh, dear Pooh, I know exactly what you mean. I don’t like coffee either and only ask for it to make the wakeup team happy. I love catnip and I have so much in my garden that you are welcome to come and have some.
    Of course, I don’t drink it or eat it. I love to smell it and put in a vase with other flowers.
    Good luck with your challenge,

    • My dearest Katina,
      It would warm my heart to be able to meet you and smell the catnip in your garden.
      Thank you for your encouragement with the blogging challenge.
      All my best,

  • “You can take a nap and cuddle with a catnip toy. You can not take a nap and cuddle with a cup of coffee.” I sense a challenge.

    • My dearest Lucien,
      I am always willing to learn something new. Is it possible to take a nap and cuddle with a cup of coffee?
      Please, if you can, post a photograph of you taking a nap while holding your coffee.
      Perhaps I have to rethink the cuddle factor.
      I wish you all the best.
      Love Pooh

  • Edelweiss

    Dear Mr. William P. Hodges.
    I never considered catnip in the mornings.
    Mom is weird about her coffee in the mornings.
    I have a sip of water from the bowl on the floor.
    Then I want to go outside and play then eat my egg.
    Mom is still drinking coffee. Then she brushes her teeth.
    Please send Mom some catnip, Pooh.
    I want her to be more fun.

    • My dearest Edelweiss,
      Playing outside sounds fun. Especially eating the egg after you play.
      Do you use a litter box in the house? Or do you have to go in public in your backyard?
      Would you like a catnip toy? Mrs. Hodges is helping me make some. It is so hard to sew on a sewing machine when you don’t have any thumbs.
      Will you please ask your mother to share a photograph of you here. That would be so kind.
      All my best,
      Love Pooh

  • Laura

    Great start to this 31 days series. I’m a new visitor, but I’m really enjoying your wise kitty words Pooh. My own furball Pocono actually likes coffee (I think it’s the milk) but he probably wouldn’t choose that over catnip. My second furball Chase agrees with you wholeheartedly though!

    BTW, where did you get that catnip plant with the lovely purple flowers? I bet my two guys would love to enjoy that first thing in the morning too (with or without coffee). 🙂


    • Good Morning Elle, or is it Laura?
      And good morning to Pocono and Chase. Please post a photograph of them if you have any. I would love to meet them.
      Mrs. Hodges bought the catnip plants at Home Depot. If you live close I am sure she will share her plants with you when she divides them next spring.
      I wish you all the best,
      Love Pooh

  • Berdeane

    This is Nana, we used to have a black cat, named “Blackie” who would be some kind of related to you I guess, anyway, I made a toy full of catnip for Blacke, how he loved that toy, I think it was like a drug for him as he was so spaced out all the time, I even had to take it away as I am sure he had become a drug addict. I do agree with you Pooh, coffee is not good for one either……stains your teeth & make one hyper!!!

    • Good Morning Nana,
      Perhaps Blackie is my Uncle?
      Mrs. Hodges showed me a photograph of him. He was a handsome fellow.
      What do you drink in the morning Nana? Do you sip cold water from a bowl on the floor like I do?
      All my best,
      love your grandson