But this is not the only way to exploit the benefits of this plant on domestic cats.
So in most cases, catnip is typically harmless, both to cats and humans. In fact, it has long been used to make a tea thought to be good for colds and respiratory complaints. It is even safe enough for children. Some people put catmint greens in their salads as a savory.
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Catnip is neither dangerous nor habit-forming in any way, according to the Humane Society of the United States. However, not all cats have a genetic predilection toward the green stuff. In fact, about one-fourth of cats have no reaction to it, the society says. If a cat naturally doesn't respond to catnip, she'll probably just ignore it entirely. The same applies to very young kittens. The penchant for catnip typically appears in cats who are 3 to 6 months old. Before that age, a kitten won't really acknowledge it, much less drool for it. , and getting high on green herbs. My drug of choice is marijuana, my cat’s is catnip.A fact that I find incredible is that cats can smell 1 part Nepetalactone to a billion parts air!Because cats do respond to catnip again and again, the herb can be a powerful training aid.
Felines who like catnip will generally roll around, rub their faces in it, salivate, jump, run around, and purr for about 10 to 15 minutes. Different cats have different reactions, but these are usually the signs that show your kitty is enjoying the herb.In some cases, felines may become aggressive while under the influence. If you have more than one cat, it's best to test their individual reactions to make sure they don't end up fighting. Otherwise, two cats can have a great time together while enjoying their 'nip.Some cats like to eat the leaves, and this is usually safe for most cats. If your cat is one with a sensitive stomach and vomits or has diarrhea as a result of eating the plant leaves, then you'll want to give your cat a toy with the leaves inside, instead of directly giving him the herb.The plant contains a non-poisonous chemical called . Nepetalactone is an aromatic oil found in the stem and leaves of the plant. It's the smell (rather than taste) of the leaves that sets cats off.Scientists haven't been able to figure out how or why Nepeta Cataria (the scientific name) affects most cats the way it does. But they have isolated the part of the plant that causes the euphoric reaction.The only agreement on the topic seems to be that only about two-thirds of cats are susceptible to its effects. Kittens often don’t respond to it at all, but might change their tune after about six months. Some say you might even find a tiger or lion partaking as well!Catnip and its relatives contain a chemical called nepetalactone that binds to the olfactory receptors of cats to produce its effects — basically, cats smell or eat it and are put under its spell.Catnip even has a history of medicinal use for humans thanks to its soothing properties. It’s most commonly brewed in teas as a treatment for headaches and upset stomach. Nepetalactone also works as a mosquito and fly repellent, and might also drive off cockroaches. Rats and mice also tend to avoid catnip, so maybe your cat’s doing you a favor by leaving his toys everywhere.