20 Things You Didn't Know About Catnip
If your cat is one of the 60-70% of felines that can be affected by catnip, then you’ve likely observed the odd behavior she expressed once this drug takes hold of her: drooling, rolling around and rubbing her face onto the plant. But what exactly is happening that makes catnip affect your pet’s behavior this way ... and is it at all dangerous to our cats?
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Science has finally looked into the effects of catnip on felines, and have indeed concluded that the effects of its main compound, Nepetalactone, are similar to those humans experience from LSD or marijuana. A cat is able to use catnip in two different ways to experience different reactions: either biting into it which would sedate her, or rubbing and smelling the plant, which would have the opposite effect. Both are the results of oils released from catnip.
Fortunately, and unlike many drugs for human consumption, catnip is not addictive and is completely safe for felines. Pet owners can use the power of catnip to motivate an overweight cat to exercise and as a training tool. There are also several ways to use catnip, whether simple leaves or catnip infused toys and treats. You must use it sparingly, however; it’s been observed that the more cats are exposed to catnip, the less affected they become.
For some lesser known facts about catnip, take a look at the below infographic from Cats PhD:
Did you learn something new? Does your fur child react to catnip? Tell us all about it in the comments!