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What Does Catnip Do to My Cat
You've seen your cat go a little silly when smelling something that contains catnip. He may start rolling around and being frisky, or she may rub up against the pillow or item infused with the herb.
The entrancing effect of catnip is different for every cat, so like anything you give your pet, you should monitor the kitty's reactions at first. But, in general, catnip is a safe and gentle herb, and the greatest tool to control and train your cat.
Is Catnip a Drug for Cats?
Although your kitten may seem a bit silly on catnip, it's not a drug or hallucinogen that you may think of that humans make take. Veterinarians who have studied the effects of catnip say the felines are very much aware of the surroundings, but are in a state of heightened euphoria and intense happiness.
Catnip is an herb related to the mint family with an essential oil called nepetalactone and has historically been known to attract cats. It can make their pupils dilate, and make them drool, or become very playful. The cats will smell and eat the herb when it's around.
Sometimes cats will meow, purr or growl when noticing the scent of catnip. Their instinct is to rub, bite and scratch the leaves to release the oils and smells into the air.
Catnip can serve as a sedative when the kitty eats the herb. It could cause cats to drool and fall asleep. Many people prefer using catnip rather than a sedative to soothe a kitty when going to the veterinarian or taking a trip for a long time in a cat crate.
Is Catnip Good for Cats?
Catnip can help cats who are in lots of pain, and it could also help a cat with digestive problems. The herb is good to help cats who have a bout with diarrhea and spasms.
Our own catnip offered on this site is 100 percent organic and comes in a variety of forms and package sizes. Grown in South Africa, the catnip contains no pesticides or herbicides and is perfectly safe, usually lasting about 10 minutes.
Catnip intoxicates cats when they smell it, so it can be rubbed on any of our products like the scratching posts or mats or houses where you want the cat to go. Cats are attracted to the odor and makes them appear euphoric.
We also offer a catnip spray that comes in 4-ounce bottles and can be pumped onto cat puzzles, boxes, perches and other items you want to introduce to your cat for the first time.
How Can my Cat Calm Down After Being Hyped Up with Catnip?
The catnip doesn't last more than 10 minutes or so, but one of the best ways is to let the kitty clam down and soak in his catnip high, and take away the toy that has the pouch with the herb in it.
Experts suggest putting away cat toys so the cat can create an hunt and search for it and be intrigued with it the next time he finds it. We offer Cat Strings with bells or hearts and filled with catnip.
Too much of anything isn't good, but the worse thing about giving your cat too much catnip is that she won't be playing with you as much.