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Crazy Cats on Catnip: What Actually is Catnip?

February 16, 2017 no comments cat health, cat toys, Cutesy Kitty

Catnip for Crazy Cats

Here at Cutesy Kitties we are passionate about cats and all things that cats love too…and being on our site means to us that you are too, which is why we thought you might be interested to learn a little about the infamous ‘catnip’ and why your kitties go crazy for it. Is it actually a drug? Do catts really get ‘high’ and can you grow it yourself? Let’s find out the answers to these common questions, and please if you have more then feel free to comment and we will try our best to answer.

What Actually is Catnip?

Quite simply, catnip is a perennial herb that anyone can grow in their garden. Most garden centres will stock it as it is fairly common due to it’s pretty flowers and ability to send cats into a mania. The Latin name for the plant is Nepeta cataria (no guessing as to why the word ‘cat’ appears in its name) and it can grow up to 3ft high. That is unless your kitty doesn’t demolish it first! Experience reminds me that the life of a catnip plant in our garden lasts….days (if that). But seeing as I love cats so much, I’m always willing to replant and replace to keep my kitties happy.

Does it Make Cats ‘High’?

Erm…well…yes it does, The chemical compound within the leaves and stems of catnip or ‘cat mint’ (gardens centres may also refer to it as this) named nepetalactone, has a similar, if not identical effect on cats as LSD or marijuana does to humans. Nepetalactone is a stimulant and literally sends your kitties wild for a while if they sniff it. The effects last for about 10 minutes and then your cats will return to their normal self. Ironically if they eat the catnip, it will act as a sedative and send them into the land of kitty nod for a while.

It’s common for cats to roll around in the catnip, rub themselves up against it and then generally act hyperactive afterwards! Sit back and watch their tails go fat…

Unfortunately not all cats react the same to catnip, some seem totally unaffected by it. It is believed to be an inherited sensitivity that makes your kitties react the way they do to it. Kittens will not react to catnip, neither will young cats…you have to wait for the cat to turn around the age of 1 before it does actually become sensitive to catnip (if it will become sensitive to it at all).

Try the catnip toys advertised in our shop and keep your cats happy! See below for our range related to this article…

Is it Safe for my Cat?

Of course, but it can cause your cat to vomit or have diarrhea if they eat a lot of it! This is where you will need some of our kitty litter spray we have advertised on our site hehe! Remember though, catnip is ONLY for cats and should ONLY be used or consumed by cats.

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