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Is catnip safe for my cat?

Cats love catnip. And catnip is completely safe – it doesn't contain anything that could harm your cat. If by any chance your cat has eaten too much catnip, this excess consumption may cause a mild stomach upset; but it is not possible for this to occur.

What is catnip?

Catnip is a seasonal herb from the mint family. Although its origin is North Africa and the Mediterranean, today it grows widely in Europe and North America. The inspiration behind the name catnip is undoubtedly that cats know the taste of this plant very well.

Why do cats love catnip?

The active ingredient of catnip is nepetalactone. Cats find this ingredient thanks to its smell. It is generally thought that nepetalactone exerts an effect similar to that of the cat pheromone, possibly in connection with mating.

Catnip has a mood-boosting effect on your cat. It can have quite unusual effects on your cat; It is possible that your cat will start to act more gregarious or particularly affectionate. He may also roll over, paw at the catnip fountain, or rub his face. Or she may turn into a playful cat, leaping around and darting from room to room as if chasing unseen prey.

Some cats will just relax and relax too much and their eyes will wander. This behavior may be manifested entirely by abundant meowing or growling. The effects of catnip are short-term, usually lasting 5 to 15 minutes. After this, several hours will pass before the cat shows the effects of catnip again.

Why should I give catnip to my cat?

Because your cat will enjoy giving him catnip, catnip makes a great treat to use during training or to encourage your cat to use a scratching post or sleep in his own bed. It can also provide a good way to encourage your cat to exercise and can even help your cat relax and unwind. Whatever the reason, it's great fun!

How should I give catnip to my cat?

Catnip products are offered in a variety of forms. You can buy powdered catnip or catnip bulbs that you can sprinkle on the floor or on a toy. Some toys come scented with catnip or contain catnip. You can also buy catnip in oil or oil spray form and use it to give a catnip scent to a toy or bedding. Cats will respond to catnip even when you use it in very small amounts; Therefore, you do not need to use too much.

My cat doesn't seem to respond to catnip

Approximately 30% of cats do not show a visible response to catnip. It is clear that being affected by catnip is an inherited trait. Simply put, many cats lack the receptors that allow them to be affected by catnip.

Despite their playful nature, kittens generally do not respond to catnip until after the first six months. You may also notice that cats lose interest in catnip as they get older.

Catnip seems to make my cat aggressive

Some cats, especially male cats, will become aggressive when you give them catnip. This is likely because catnip is linked to mating behavior. If this happens to your cat, stop giving catnip.

You may consider an alternative such as honeysuckle or valerian. Talk to your veterinarian; He or she will be able to tell you if catnip is right for your pet or recommend other alternatives.

Catnip is a seasonal herb from the mint family. Although its origin is North Africa and the Mediterranean, today it grows widely in Europe and North America. The inspiration behind the name catnip is undoubtedly that cats know the taste of this plant very well.

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