Our cat Melchett loves catnip, and I love photographing him and our other cats. Neighborhood cats also visit to "borrow" some nip, including Benji, Tommy, and Bob.

We have two cats at the moment, who have one eye between them. Melchett had one eye removed last year due to a cataract, and Gertrude had both eyes removed this year also due to cataracts. All our cats have been named after characters and animals in the TV show Blackadder, including Edmund, Baldrick, Bubbles, Turnip, Percy, Meg, Mrs. Miggins, and Mildred. Some of our cats have come from rescue centers, but many have just appeared at the door, hoping to be fed and have stayed with us for years.

I have been photographing cats since I got my first camera when I was ten years old, and I'm now in my 50s. They are fascinating to photograph as they always do their own thing and are impossible to predict, so they always provide a challenge to photograph successfully.

Nepeta cataria, otherwise known as catnip, catswort, catwort, or catmint, is well known for its attractiveness to cats. What's less known is that domestic cats aren't the only felines that react to it almost the same as domestic ones. Lynxes, leopards, servals, and cougars, and in rarer cases, tigers and lions, all enjoy the recreational effects of catnip. In general, two-thirds of cats have a natural attraction towards it. The most common effects of catnip on cats are rubbing on the plant, rolling on the ground, licking, and chewing. When they overdose, they usually drool and get irritated or sleepy, meow, growl, and purr, or get really scratchy. But other than that, it's a harmless, fun opportunity for cats to relax.

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Benji

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Rex the Rat
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8 months ago

Well hallo there

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Baldrick

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Katya Whittaker
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8 months ago

I'm sensing a theme in the cats names

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Edmund

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Yana Friman
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8 months ago

That's simply funny)

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Melchett

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Fred and George Weasley
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8 months ago

so cute! and floofy

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Bob

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glowworm2
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8 months ago

Bob made me laugh!

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Tommy

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catslave6
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8 months ago

High as a kite! All these cats are wasted and just do not care. Too funny. ;>)

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Tracey Hirt
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8 months ago

Just leave me alone and let me enjoy my high.

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Tami Bridges
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8 months ago

He just told the funniest joke ever lol

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Melchett Worried That The Feds Are After His Stash

Melchett Worried That The Feds Are After His Stash

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Gina Foxley
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8 months ago

LOL!

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Baldrick

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Kathy Baylis
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8 months ago

I know from experience that, whether in a planter or a garden, cats will chew a live catnip plant right down to the roots. I don’t know how the growers of what becomes the dried catnip manage to keep their crops intact.

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catslave6
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8 months ago

Your cat is a true stoner! ;>) Happy, happy boy.

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pusheen
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8 months ago

that is the longest cat tongue i have ever seen

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pusheen
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8 months ago

*insert lion king intro*

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Edmund

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Sabse
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8 months ago

At first I thought he had a hat on. 😄

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Meg

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pusheen
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8 months ago

it looked like a dog's head to me at first

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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8 months ago

I stared into the void and the void stared back, man.

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Edmund

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ebony1k124 touch
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8 months ago

The world is spinning!

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Tabitha L
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8 months ago

I'm not sure that I have ever been this content.

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Bored Birgit
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8 months ago

You know what? This mouse will not survive.

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Edmund

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Debbie Pugsley
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8 months ago

What day is it, man?

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Melchett

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Elaine Mattingly
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8 months ago

Some fall off the wagon, I fell off the Empire State building...................and I'm still falling.

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ebony1k124 touch
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8 months ago

I can't feel my tongue!

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Elaine Mattingly
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8 months ago

Such a nice feeling when you own the world.

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Baldrick

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Kimberley Thomas
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8 months ago

"Hey baby. It's me again. (wink)"

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ebony1k124 touch
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8 months ago

Just a little bit more...nam nam nam!

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Bill phillips
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8 months ago

Is he trying to smoke it?

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Tracey Hirt
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8 months ago

He thinks he is hilarious!

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pusheen
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8 months ago

this cat is higher than the sun

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April Bailey
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8 months ago

Dude!

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Xavier Wescott
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8 months ago

stone, yum

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