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What does catnip do to cats

What is catnip, and what does catnip actually do to your cat?

What is catnip?

Catnip is a herb from the mint family. The reason why catnip attracts cats so much is because it releases a chemical called nepetalactone, which has an affect on many cats. Catnip is a silver-green plant with jagged heart-shaped leaves and thick stems covered with fine hairs.

What does catnip do to cats?

What catnip actually does to cats is, it makes them high. It alters their mood, the way drugs or alcohol changes humans’ moods. Catnip affects the part of the feline brain that controls mood and feelings.

For how long does catnip affect cats?

Usually 10-15 minutes. Then the cat isn’t affected anymore and just walks away.

Does catnip affect all cats?

One in three cats won’t respond to catnip. The ability to not be affected by catnip is genetic.

What does catnip do to kittens?

What does catnip do to your kitten? Nothing, if the kitten is too young. Kittens are affected by catnip by the time they’re 3 or 6 months old. Before that, they’re immune to its charms.

How do cats respond to catnip?

They chew it to release more catnip, rub against it, sniff it, roll in it. Some cats become hyper or aggressive if approached. Some cats may be euphoric. Some get more playful or become superior hunters. Some zone out. This is what catnip do to cats; it affects each one differently.

Is catnip safe?

Catnip isn’t toxic to cats, but it may make them aggressive. Or because they get hyper, they may start running into the road. It all depends if there’s a cat-proof fence around your yard, and if you live near a road.

Give your cat a tiny amount of catnip and see how they react, then you can give a larger dosage.

Other uses for catnip

Catnip is supposed to have calming affect on humans, like chamomile, and can be added to tea. It also repels mosquitoes.

Is there an alternative to catnip?

Silver vine and Tatarian honeysuckle may affect cats who don’t respond to catnip, because they don’t contain nepetalactone, but similar compounds.

This banana-shaped toy will drive your cat nuts. Filled with 100% organic catnip. Cats love its curve and size. Made with durable cotton twill fabric, natural and non-toxic. To learn more and watch a video of a cat rolling on the floor and going crazy over this toy, click here.


8 thoughts on “What does catnip do to cats

  1. Hello. Now I know all the cats that I have had love lying among my rose trees where catnip grows as well. They spend hours in a dreamy state looking really contented during and after their time spent with the catnip. They have always rubbed themselves against the plants and roll around in them. It is their mini spa!

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    1. Lucky cats. A garden with catnip is feline heaven.

      If I had a home instead of an apartment, and my own yard, the first thing on my list would be plant catnip.

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  2. Years ago my mother had catnip in her yard and she brought me a huge bag of it. I used to make catnip toys and sold them to pet supply stores. They went over quite well. I think I still have some of that catnip, but haven’t made any toys for a couple of years now, and that was for my cousin’s cats. But is can be comical watching the cats when they have been into catnip.


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