What does Catnip actually do to your cat?

Catnip is scientifically classified as Nepeta cataria and is a perennial herb from the mint family and is in fact also referred to as “Catmint”! It is a plant that stemmed from  Europe but has been exported and is now found all over the world.

The active ingredient in Catnip is an oil, meaning it can be extracted so you can buy it in a bottle or spray form.

While it’s scentless to our noses our feline friends can pick up a strong scent which drives some kitties wild, statistics show that catnips actually only affects about a half of all cats – this is determined by genetics so don’t be upset if your kitty doesn’t show the classic funny traits when taking catnip.

For those who do react to it, they won’t until reaching about 3 or 4 months of age and becoming sexually mature. Older cats are also more likely to have no reaction to Catnip.

Shortly after ingesting Catnip, a cat may leap, roll, wiggle, purr and seem to freak out. The cat may even become aggressive toward another pet when under the influence of Catnip. It may even act as an aphrodisiac for some cats!! Usually, this Catnip “trip” only lasts for just a matter of minutes. It’s rare for the reaction to last for more than an hour or two. But no matter what reaction your cat has, once the pleasure passes it’ll be about two hours before kitty responds to catnip again.

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