How Much Do You Know About Catnip?
Most cat owners are well aware of the effects catnip has on felines. It’s been called anything from a hallucinogenic for cats to ecstasy and cat cocaine. But regardless of this drug’s popularity, it turns out that about 33% – or one in three cats – will not be affected by catnip at all, and there’s no way to tell. Whether your adult feline enjoys a bit of catnip will depend on genetics.
Before catnip became associated with cats, it was much more popular as an herb used for human consumption, usually in herbal teas and cigarettes. Today, while some gardeners still grow their own catnip, it’s rare to find it as a popular option for your afternoon tea break. In fact, even its main compound called Nepetalactone is more commonly used as a mosquito repellent.
If you haven’t tried catnip with your pet, then you (and your cat) are both in for a treat. You can purchase it in a variety of forms, from dried leaves to catnip toys and treats. It’s a great training tool and stimulant which is especially effective for overweight cats. However, keep in mind that on very rare occasions it makes some cats very aggressive.
For more unknown facts, take a look at the below infographic from Cats PhD on everything you should know about catnip, how to use it and which one to pick:
Diana Beth Miller is a long-time cat owner, writer and researcher with an interest in undiscovered ways cats help people. She’s written over a hundred articles about cat ownership and health and is currently working on her first book about the healing power of felines.