Tuesday, June 23, 2009
All About Honeysuckle
There have been lots of questions about honeysuckle on the blog as I love it so very much, and it seems to be more of a local fascination.
As mum and I mentioned in a previous post, the local store 'The Cat House' (click for their site) seems to have been the start of all this honeysuckle stuff. They have a great video interview from a local TV station (RealMedia format - .rm - click here to watch) and it explains a LOT.
The honeysuckle that they use at The Cat House is called "Lonicera Tatarica". I don't know what that means, but mum says it is the Latin name. Mum thinks that mummies and daddies with honeysuckle in their yards already could probably just try cutting a branch and cutting it into slices for their kitties. She does say that kitty mums and dads need to make sure that us kitties don't chew on it too much because it can sometimes break off little bits. (I like to chew on mine, but because I have such big teef, I break it if I'm not careful.)
I like honeysuckle best when I've been able to lick it and the smell comes out from the wood better when it is wet. Sometimes mum wets the wood a bit for me first.
Now, for those kitties who don't have real honeysuckle bushes nearby, The Cat House does do mail order, as far as mum knows. And according to an article on their website, it is just fine and legal for people to import it to the USA from Canada.
I hope that helps all you kitties and kitty parents! Mum says you can email us if you need to know more info and she'll help out as best she can.