All about catnip

🌿 What is catnip?

Catnip is one of 250 varieties of the mint plant family, also called Nepeta. Nepeta Cataria (the fancy name for catnip) has a scent that sends most cats wild. The essential oil produced by the plant, Nepectalone, is the key to the antics of our feline friends when they get a whiff or a taste of the stuff. It is easily grown around the globe and is a firm favourite with cat owners worldwide for its entertaining effects on our feline friends. 

👃 A superior sense of smell

Cats have a sense of smell that is another level compared to ours. With over 20,000 receptors, you can see why this stinky herb has an effect. Scientists believe that the scent mimics the smell of cat pheromones, bringing on the reaction that you might have seen in a female cat in heat. They roll around, rub and generally get pretty relaxed. Although, the catnip aroma affects both male and female cats similarly. 

đŸ˜Ÿ Not all cats love catnip!

You may have a cat who couldn't care less about this funny herb. According to researchers, 30 - 50% of cats don't respond to catnip, as they haven't inherited the gene that lets them tune into the herb. Suppose your puss is one of these kitties. In that case, the extra stinky Valerian or Silvervine might be an alternative natural high for them.

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"Catnip is the magic herb that turns cats into playful wizards, casting spells of joy and enchantment wherever they go." - Jackson Galaxy

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Now that you meow what catnip does to cats, how about getting some to see the 'nip in action?

đŸ˜» What does catnip do to cats?

Catnip contains an essential oil called Nepetalactone, the smelly stuff that causes a psychotropic effect on cats. The scent is believed to activate the "happy" part of the cat's brain, which brings relaxation and happiness. Some cats, however, will power up and become playful or even aggressive when they sniff the good stuff, which can be attributed to overstimulation in some cats.  

⏱ How long does the high last?

While in the craziness, you might think the catnip effects are long-lasting. Still, they tend to subside about 10 minutes after exposure. You often find your cat returning for more and acting funny when they smell the 'nip again later. 

đŸ˜Œ Is catnip bad for my cat?

The good news is that catnip is not harmful to your cat! Catnip is 100% safe and non-addictive for all cat breeds. They might go off it if they have it too often, but it isn't going to cause them harm. If they eat too much, they might get a tummy ache. 

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