What is Catnip?

Catnip from the mint family. It comes from Northern Africa and the Mediterranean but now commonly grows wild throughout Europe and North America. The plant’s nicknames, catnip, catmint or catwort are probably inspired by cat’s well-known taste for the plants.

Why do cats love it?

The active compound in catnip is nepetalactone. Cats detect this compound by smell. It’s generally thought that the nepetalactone mimics the effect of a cat pheromone, possibly associated with mating.

Why give catnip to my cat?

Because your cat will enjoy being given catnip, it makes a great treat to be used during training or to encourage a cat to use a scratching post or sleep in her own bed. It can also be a good way to encourage your cat to exercise, it may even help your cat relax. Whatever the reason, it’s good fun!

What does Catnip do to your cat?

Catnip acts as a natural mood enhance making them more kittenish or affectionate. They may also roll, paw or rub their faces. They may jump about and become frisky, running from room to room, chasing invisible mouse!

Some cats will just become very relaxed and stare into space. The effects of catnip are short, usually lasting between 5 to 15 minutes

How should I give catnip to my cat?

Catnip products come in a variety of forms. You can buy powdered catnip which you can sprinkle on the ground or on a toy. Some toys have catnip inside them. You can also get catnip oil or oil spray, which can be used to scent a toy or bedding. Cats will react to even very small amounts of catnip so you don’t need to use very much.