Turnip Tower has been photographing cats since he was ten years old, and now that he’s in his 50s, the passion doesn’t fade away. Cats are absolutely his favorite animal: they are adorable, mellow and yet, unpredictable and nonchalant. They like to do their own thing, so they always give photographers a hard time capturing the right moment.
Turnip Tower is the real crazy cat dad: He currently has two cats – Melchett and Gertrude. Melchett had one eye removed due to a cataract last year, and Gertrude had both eyes removed this year, for the same reason as Melchett. However, he used to have more than 2, all of his cats have been named after characters and animals in the TV show Blackadder, such as Mildred, Miggins, Meg, Percy, Bubbles, Turnip, Baldrid, Mrs. Miggins, Edmund. Some feline friends are adopted from rescue centers, but many just came to his door, hoping to be fed and find a shelter, and ended up staying in the family for years.
He and his neighbor usually treat their cats with catnip and take photos of them blasting on the herb!
Nepeta cataria, which can be known as catnip, catswort, catwort, or catmint, is a member of the mint family. It is commonly used for herbal teas, relaxant properties and even bug repellent spray. However, it is mostly known for its intense attraction to cats. But cats aren’t the only felines who react to this herb, as other animals in the felidae family can react to catnip too: lions, leopards, lynxes, and tigers, and cougars can also enjoy the effects of catnip.
Catnip can reduce anxiety and relieve pain to those cats in need of this substance, as it is usually prescribed by veterinarians to cats with health issues. Otherwise, it triggers signs of affection, relaxation, and happiness. Other cats will display active behaviors, such as playfulness or sometimes even aggression.
Cats take in catnip by sniffing or eating, licking. The most common behaviors that catnip has on them are rolling on the ground, licking, chewing, flipping, rubbing. When they overdose, they can drool, growl, purr, scratch, or zone out. However, a session usually lasts for 10 - 15 minutes and wears off gradually.
Keep in mind that catnip’s potency will decrease if cats are exposed to it too much, so adjusting a moderate usage for our furry friends is necessary.