You have probably come across catnip ads and you are left wondering what it really is. As usual, there are a few misconceptions going around regarding what it is and what it is not. We shall dive into what catnip is.
Catnip is a perennial herb originating in Northern Africa but found its way to Europe and North America. This herb from the mint family is what has been nicknamed as catwort or catnip. It is worth noting that the moment you crush fresh leaves of the plant, the cat gets intoxicated by the smell that is produced. While catnip is said to be entirely safe for cats, the following facts will help you understand better just how safe it is for your cat to consume.
Not all cats react to catnip
Do not panic if your cat does not start rolling over or yowling. You might be compelled to think that is backfiring and you can only imagine the worse. No need for alarm. Not all cats will react to the herb. For one, some cats do not inherit the tendency to react on exposure to catnip. Also, it is important to understand that cats below six months are less likely to react to it.
Catnip is not addictive
With catnip, you do not have to worry about your cat having withdrawal symptoms. Catnip is in no way addictive. If you cut the supply, your cat will still do without it. Also, the effects are not as alarming. Unlike marijuana and other substances that give a ‘high’, catnip will only last about 5 to 15 minutes. Do not be afraid to treat your cat to this unique treat. Also, do not be tempted to have a taste of your cat’s nip, you won’t get the same effect as your cat.
Is there such a thing as overindulging?
Yes, you can overindulge. How much is too much? If you are doing it more than once in a week, you are overindulging. While there is no health hazard attached, you will wear out the effect that it has on your cat if you overindulge.
How exactly does catnip affect cats?
First of all, you need to know that catnip is absolutely non-toxic to cats. It has a close resemblance to some properties that the male cat urine possesses. It is for this reason that you might notice your cat behaving like she is on heat.
Catnip is administered in a number of ways. The cat can either lick it, sniff it or eat it. The reason why catnip is given to the cats by its owners is to trigger their behavior. Some owners even use it to train their cats. It is also important to monitor the behavior of your cats on giving them the catnip, some turn out aggressive while others get happily euphoric. The reason why you need to do that is to affirm that it is safe to give them all at the same time, without it turning into a fight.