What Is Catnip?

photo of catnip plant

What is catnip? Why does it make Kitty go crazy with pleasure? Why do some cats not respond to it? What does a cat on catnip do? Is it safe for my cat cat? Is it addictive? What else is it used for? How do you grow it? This section of the website answers all of these questions.

Catnip is a perennial herb belonging to the Mint family Labiatae. It originated in Mediterranean Europe and was introduced from there to North America and Canada where it's now native.


When most cats smell or eat catnip they display a range of unusual behaviors that last between 5 and 15 minutes. Besides giving Kitty pleasure, catnip has a number of other uses, some of which may surprise you. Please click on the text links below for further information on anything that interests you.

Effects of Catnip on Cats

Cats on Catnip Video Clips

Catnip Plant Uses

Catnip Extract Uses

How to Grow Catnip

When to Harvest Catnip


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