How Does Catnip Work?
Catnip contains a chemical called nepetalactone, which is the active ingredient that cats respond to. When cats smell it, they become wildly excited and often act like kittens again! They may start rolling around, purring loudly, and drooling excessively. Some cats also seem to go into a trance-like state when exposed to catnip. The effects of catnip usually last for about 10 minutes, and then the cat will return to its usual state.
This response is believed to be hereditary—around two-thirds of cats are sensitive to it. Kittens under 8 weeks old usually don’t respond to catnip at all, but as they get older, their sensitivity to it increases. It’s also important to note that the response is not addictive—cats don’t become dependent on catnip and will still enjoy playing with toys even after being exposed to it.
Catnip can also be found in many pet products, such as scratching posts, toys, and even kitty litter. It can be a great way to encourage cats to use their toys or scratch posts, as they’ll be drawn to it because of the nepetalactone. This can help keep them occupied and away from furniture or carpets that may not be appropriate for scratching!
Catnip is a safe and natural way to give cats a little extra excitement, so if your cat is sensitive to it you might want to consider giving them some! Just remember that too much can have the opposite effect and make cats tired or uninterested. Giving your cat one small dose every few weeks should be more than enough for them to enjoy it.
With that said, it’s important to remember that every cat is different. Not all cats will respond to catnip in the same way, and some may not be affected at all. But if you do have a cat who loves it, there’s no harm in occasionally giving them a small dose of this fun plant!
Catnip is a safe and fun way to give your cat some extra stimulation. It contains nepetalactone, which cats find irresistible and can help keep them occupied with their toys or scratching posts. Just remember that not all cats will respond the same way to it, so be sure to monitor your cat’s reaction when giving them catnip. With the right dosage, your cat is sure to have a blast!
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