Has your pet already tried catnip for cats? It is also known as catmint, field balm, and cat wort and all members of the feline family go crazy over it. This has historical associations with different kinds of cats. The plant is part of the weed family and it has a certain effect over cats. Read this article to know more about it as well as its effects on your pet.
You might be wondering if the catnip is safe for your cat. The answer is yes. It is advisable to wait until your cat is about three to six months old before letting it try catnip. Not all cats react the same way to catnip. Only fifty percent of their entire population inherits the sensitivity to the weed plant. There are also varying reactions from cat to cat. Some cats get overhyped and get aggressively playful. Others calm down and settle into a blissful state. Some cats bury their face into the plant or even roll their bodies in it. Others even drool while in their blissful state. The results are endless.
The reason why catnip has such an effect on cats is because of its component called nepetalactone. This is the volatile oil present in the plant. It is found in the stems and leaves of the plant species. One or two sniffs are enough to send your cat crazy over the chemical. This effect usually lasts for about ten to fifteen minutes before they start to calm down and revert back to their normal selves. They will be ready for it again after about two hours. Be careful to not overdo it in order to preserve its effects and to not dull the immunity of the cats to the product. You can use catnip in more ways than one.
Catnip is primarily used as a stress-relief mechanism for cats. It enables them to let go and relax which then improves their mood. Catnip is also used for training cats. A sprinkling of catnip over something can develop their affinity for that thing. For example, if you wish to stop your cat from excessively scratching your furniture, then you can simply sprinkle some catnip on his scratching post so that he will leave your furniture alone.
Catnip also has endless applications as a toy. You can wrap a sprinkling in a sock and that is automatically a toy for your cat. This still depends on the type of catnip you use. It is said that catnip in herb or leaves form is far more effective than the liquid ones that you spray on surfaces. You also do not have to worry about your cat’s health and welfare because catnip is completely safe, non-toxic, and not at all addictive.