Effects of Catnip On Cats

Catnip is a herb that belongs to the mint family. Cats are attracted to catnip because of its aroma. It has an ingredient called nepetalactone that can change cats' moods or behavior. Some cats do not react after having a sniff of a catnip. But when they do, the behavioral effects show at an older age. The results show at around three to six months of age in kittens. Cat reactions to catnip vary. Some show weird responses such as exhibiting a temporary "high" of licking, chewing, body rubbing, or rolling, which lasts for no longer than ten minutes. On the other hand, some cats show very laid back behavior. Not all cats develop sensitivities to catnip as some do not exhibit any behavioral changes. Catnip is not harmful, and cats usually do not get addicted. Some cats even refuse catnip after sniffing or chewing it once.

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