What is catnip and how do you use it?
If you are a cat parent, chances are- you have heard of catnip. If you haven’t heard of it, you came to the right spot. In this post, we are going to talk about what catnip is and what it does for your feline friend. Only 60-70% of cats can be affected by catnip. If you are the lucky owner of a catnip friendly kitty, you are in for a real observational treat.
What is catnip?
Catnip is a naturally occurring herb that contains Nepetalactone. This organic compound is a natural cat attractant and can be used in plant or oil forms. It is non-addictive and perfectly safe for felines to enjoy.
What does catnip do?
This is where the fun starts. The moment a kitty smells or rolls in catnip, the effects take place. You will see your kitty in the most entertaining state of fun. From running around in circles, to rolling all over, playing with toys and having downright spunky fun- catnip will entice your kitty to have a good ‘ol time.
How can catnip be used?
There are a variety of catnip options out there and it can be found at most local pet stores or even some grocery stores. Be sure to check for an expiration date or confirm its freshness, as it can lose effectiveness over time. Catnip can be used as a training tool as well as a way to motivate a cat to do some exercise. You can find it in leaf form that can be sprinkled in any desired area. (Preferably a comfy carpet or couch as your cat WILL try and roll on it.) You can also find catnip infused toys or treats as well. However, use catnip SPARINGLY as some cats can become immune to its effects.
If you are a fan of visuals, take a look at these entertaining and interesting facts about catnip! (Infographic is compliments of: CatsPhD.)