This wonderful plant has been associated with felines for as one can remember – it has been known to have bizzare effects on cats and has lasting effects of hallucination and happiness. Cats have been known to flock over catnip whenever it’s nearby, and they seem to lose themselves over it – frolicking and drooling whenever they get their paws on it.
While it’s such an adorable thing to witness, did it ever cross your mind as to why these fur babies like it so much? Your cats will actually scramble around to find where the secret stash of catnip is and will even beg you for it! If you have a plant outside your house, expect a gathering of cats outside and see them adorably roll around and being lazy.
Catnip is actually from the family of mint – it actually drives away mosquitoes, roaches, flies, termites and has a calming effect on humans. It was used as a cure for nausea and headache before, and has proven to be effective ever since. It’s usually boiled and made to become tea for humans, but cats prefer to nibble and smell it to get the best results.
On contrary belief, not all cats are actually affected by catnip since it is actually believed to be hereditary – passed on by their parents. A good example of this are Australian cats – they are deemed to be immuned from the ecstasy provided by catnip. Most cats from Europe, Asia, and America are more prone to feel pure ecstacy from the catnip.
You might wonder why they like to nibble on it – it’s actually because of a specific oil called nepetalactone that drips out whenever the catnip gets bruised or eventually sheds off leaves. There are over 250 different catnips that you can give to your cat and they will appreciate the gesture.
Catnips are actually not harmful for cats – they don’t have any harmful substances, just make them extremely hyper when they smell it or sleepy when they eat it. Catnips are all around safe, but it’s better to regulate the amount your cat should consume. It’s also believed that they only have a certain amount of time when they experience the ‘high’ and it takes two hours again to take effect.
If they are always exposed to catnip, they will likely to ignore it and simply move on to other toys. You should only give it once every two weeks in order to properly regulate the amount of catnip your cat indulges in. If you don’t have the potted plant, you can buy the dried leaves from the pet store and sew them in in tiny plushies or pillows.
Aside from domesticated cats, big cats like the lion and tigers are also affected with catnip. It’s something you can look forward to whenever you’re in the zoo and one happens to come across one. But aside from the fun things they do, and the weird faces they make when they’re high, it’s actually not something bad for them – it’s a treat that they will enjoy having.