Effects Of Catnip On Cats
The effects of catnip on cats can vary quite a lot from cat to cat. This page goes through questions you may have about the effects of catnip with answers.
No. It's estimated about 70% of cats respond to catnip. Also, kittens under 6 months of age are unlikely to respond to it, and it has less of an effect on old cats.
Assuming your cat is in the 70% that respond to catnip, you may see him do some or all of the following:
Some cats can get aggressive after having catnip - usually towards other cats and animals. If your kitty does this, make sure you give him catnip in a room on his own.
If you'd like to see examples of cats on catnip, click here to watch some catnip video clips.
Usually between 5 and 15 minutes. Again, this varies from cat to cat.
Yes, it's completely harmless to cats.
No. It's an ideal "drug" in that it's totally safe, non-addictive and has no long-lasting effects. If only there was a human equivalent...
The chemical in catnip that causes Kitty's reaction is called Nepetalactone. It causes Kitty to release "feel-good" substances into his body which then produce the behavioral effect.
Cats are so sensitive to Nepetalactone that they can detect it at one part per billion in the air. So a pinch of catnip is all you need to get a reaction from Kitty - providing a very cheap and safe way to entertain him!
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