Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a herbal plant that is part of the mint family and can induce very comedic reactions from your furry friend! The active ingredient, Napatelactone, is contained in 100 other plants and can even affect big cats like cougars, bobcats, lions, and more due to the biology of felines.
Catnip has historically been used by herbalists for centuries as a natural remedy for symptoms such as headaches and spasms. It is also well known for its sleep inducing properties!
2. Is catnip healthy for my cat?
Absolutely, and in fact, many veterinarians recommend catnip. Cats who are in need of increased activity stand to benefit from exposure to this herb.
3. How will my cat react to catnip?
Responses will differ per cat. Behaviors can range from hunting toys, playful running, or relaxed catnaps. The natural chemical in catnip, Napatelactone, is responsible for the behaviors we see and can result in a harmless physiological reaction in some cats.
Catnip creates this reaction by interacting with a special gland on top of the cat's mouth called the Vomeronasal gland. This gland is used to distinguish and process other cats' pheromones. Napatelactone has a chemical structure similar to these pheremones.
4. My cat does not respond to catnip? Any alternatives?
Approximately 15% of cats will not respond to catnip because of their genes. Cats under six months (Not sexually mature) also have a less likelihood of responding to catnip.
If your cat is not responding to pure catnip, we recommend experimenting with our two other blends, that contain less well-known plants that produce the same reaction.
5. How long is my catnip good for?
Catnip is preserved best in colder, dark places. Like most herbs, excessive UV and heat exposure will degrade the catnip and cause it to lose its aroma. If stored properly, catnip can last effectively up to 2 years.
6. Can I use catnip for training my cat?
Yes you can! You can use catnip as a training tool to encourage your cat to use new toys, to show them where their scratching post is, and direct their attention where you desire.
Caution:Do not use catnip to train cats to use their litter box. Do not sprinkle catnip in or around the cat litter as the cat may attempt to eat not only the catnip, but the cat litter as well. Doing so puts the cat at risk for fungus poisoning, worms, and may confuse the cat into thinking the litter box is a play area.
7. How much catnip should I use?
Cats will generally know when they've had their fill of catnip and will turn their heads when they're done. However, it is important to know not to feed your cat too much. 1-2 spoon-fills at a time is plenty and no more than 2 or 3 times a day.
8. Where does my catnip come from?
In many stores one will see catnip that has yellowed or lost most of its aroma, indicating that it has been just sitting in a warehouse for a couple of years. Nature United LLC secures its organic catnip from Washington State farmers where fresh catnip is cultivated without harmful pesticides to give your pet the healthiest experience possible.
9. Is this catnip organic-certified?
No. While our catnip is organically grown, with no pesticides or chemical fertilizers, Nature United and our manufacturers cannot claim our catnip is certified-organic by the government. By avoiding this costly and time-consuming certification process we pass on the savings to you, the consumer!
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