Catnip is a very special plant to many cats. While it comes from a perennial herb in the mint family, to cats it is like the equivalent of a hallucinogenic , and no, we have no idea how this was gauged. Here is all you need to know about cats and catnip.
What is Catnip?
As mentioned, catnip is an herb that comes from the mint family. There is a chemical compound found in the stems and leaves called nepetalactone, which acts as a stimulant.
How Does It Work?
Catnip makes some cats aggressive rather than happily euphoric or pleasantly relaxed. If you have a multi-cat household, I recommend you introduce catnip to each cat individually to avoid any potential for fighting.
Why Do Some Cats React and Some Do Not?
According to PetMD:
About 50 percent of cats seem to be affected by catnip, and the behavior that results varies widely between individuals, and it is believed to be an inherited sensitivity.
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