Researchers suspect that catnip targets feline "happy" receptors in the brain.
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Not every cat will respond to catnip – only 75% of cats in the UK will respond to catnip. Studies have shown that kittens tend not to respond to catnip and normally do not show any interest until your kitten starts to reach maturity. Not all cats are ‘wired’ to like catnip, in Australia almost all cat do not respond at all to catnip. At Scampers, we recommend trying your cats out with catnip at about 20 weeks old and hopefully your cat will get the desired response to catnip.
The cats that do respond to catnip are likely to show euphoric behaviour, rolling around, purring, licking, leaping and sometimes even salivating, The reaction to catnip usually only last a few minutes and tends to be repeated a few hours later. Excessive exposure to catnip tends to make cats less likely to react, so normally there is no risk of your cat becoming addictive. Some feline experts recommend that you only offer catnip a few times a week if you want your cat to continue to love their catnip experience.
Herbs for Cats
Cats don’t tend to eat catnip but it is not uncommon to see them chewing at the leaves. Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a perennial herb and a member of the mint family. The essential oil found in catnip and that attracts your cats is called nepetalactone. If you have ‘loose’ catnip, the active ingredient, nepetalactone, tends to degrade over time. We would suggest that you keep your loose catnip in the freezer until it is time to use it.
Scampers have a wide variety of catnip toys, sprays and loose leaves available in store.
Scampers Natural Pet Store is located on the A142 Soham By Pass, between Ely and Newmarket and only 15 miles from Cambridge.
Scampers, Your Pet’s Natural Choice.