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How does catnip affect the cat?

Most cats love catnip although they do not all react the same from this strong-scented mint herb. It is estimated that 30 to 70 per cent of cats are affected by catnip, and it drives a cat wild. They sniff, chew and bit the catnip while shaking their heads, rolling around on it and sometimes salivating from the mouth. The cat is responding to the ingredient Nepetalactone, the mint herb that functions through the feline’s five senses. 

Catnip can have a calming effect on many cats, it is relatively safe for your pet and non-additive. However, too much of a good thing is not advisable and can cause your pet to be ill. If this happens, reduce how much you give your cat. An occasional treat is fine but not necessarily on a daily basis. Your veterinarian can advise you better on how often is acceptable.

 

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