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Fortunately, there is no evidence that catnip is harmful to cats, so you don’t have to worry about your cat OD’ing. Catnip is completely safe for cats to eat, roll around in and enjoy. If your cat is a little on the chunky side, the herb even might encourage some needed exercise.
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Dried catnip is the classic form of this feline-pleasing treat. You can use the dried herb on anything from toys to scratching posts. It's also a useful training aid; for example, some dried nip on a scratching post attracts cats to this appropriate scratching spot. Some, like even come complete with a catnip packet. A fact that I find incredible is that cats can smell 1 part Nepetalactone to a billion parts air!Guest Post by Stephanie Lynch Cats can be just like people. They can get bored if they [...]Two other plants I know of, also produce euphoric responses in cats:
There's something about catnip that will make even the grumpiest feline a giddy, saucer-eyed pussycat. Someone needs to talk to the cats on the following pages about their affinity for herb before things get even funnier.Humans consumed it for recreational purposes to cause some interesting effects. It has the word “cat”, in its name for a reason, mainly because cats are its biggest fans.Usually when cats decides to take a nibble on some catnip, they start behaving strangely. They roll around and paw at invisible enemies, but why?Researchers have come to the conclusion that the main ingredient of catnip is similar to cat pheromones. This seems to be the main reason why cats love it so much.Catnip belongs to the Mint family. The main ingredient of this plant is called nepatalactone, and it affects the nervous system of cats and humans, both in different ways.As far as effects on the cats are concerned, cats usually react giddy, drowsy and energetic. In essence as if they have consumed some form of recreational drug.Although it causes cats to mimic the way they behave when they’re in heat, it seems that they don’t display any sexual interest nor do they affect other cats by behaving this way.Not all cats respond to catnip
Cats respond to catnip usually when they’re over 6 months of age, however some cats don’t respond to it at all. Some cats react to it when they’re a few weeks old so it is safe to say that the age varies for every cat. And yes, if then the catnip will probably have a normal effect as it does on all other cats.Some cats have a happy response while others towards anything or anyone that approaches them, no matter what the case is, catnip doesn’t hurt cats so don’t take it personally. Just wait until the effects wear off.Approximately one third of cats have shown no effects when coming in contact with the herb. The trait is an inherited one, and when tested it has been shown that male cats respond more strongly than females.