Kw-logo-holiday

How Catnip Works & Why Cats Like It

This is Friday bugged-eyed on catnip!
Cat & Catnip
Catnip doesn't have the same effect on all cats.
Bowl of Catnip

Even though cats go crazy and some even seem drugged around catnip it's not a drug. It's actually an herb that belongs to the mint family. When the leaves are broken it releases a certain chemical that most cats respond to.

All cats respond differently to catnip. Some of them walk away cuz they couldn't care less, but others go ape. The cats that do go crazy are responding to the active ingredient in catnip called Nepetalactone. The reaction to this chemical is caused by the organ that operates a cat's five senses (touch, smell, sight, sound and taste.)

Those cats that do react will eat it or lick it; some roll in it and others just sniff it. The catnip reaction is inherited so not all of them respond. Young kittens and old cats rarely respond although large cats like tigers will. If your cat's behavior doesn't change around catnip it's nothing to worry about. About 10 to 30 percent of cats don't go berserk over catnip.

Catnip is completely safe and isn't addictive to cats so give your feline friend a treat like Catnip Puffs every now and then. The most amusing thing about giving cats catnip is the behavior change. Although it's safe, keep in mind you can have too much of a good thing. If a cat eats lots of fresh catnip it could puke or have diarrhea but this is rare. If it does happen don't give your cat as much catnip or any at all.

Related Stories:

 

>

readers voted!

Comments

Goth_Queen

Goth_Queen wrote:

Dat's kewl!
commented: Mon Jan 20, 2014

TheCuteOne7

TheCuteOne7 wrote:

Wow, interesting
commented: Sun Jan 19, 2014

unet101

unet101 wrote:

Funny cause my cat hardly ever reacts to catnip.
commented: Wed Dec 04, 2013

there are 47 more comments

Please login or register to add comments


like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like it!

latest videos

Cats

What's Your Favorite Cat?

  • Lion
  • Tiger
  • Leopard
  • Cougar

related stories

A cat named Ugly is developing a huge following of fans at a New Hampshire vet because people sim...
Kidzworld has put together tons of amazing information and photos on the world’s biggest cats! Re...
Do you really know why your cat purrs? You think it's cuz your cat is happy and loving the attent...

Random in the forums

GawjussGracieex
Dear god this got bumped :O YAY
reply 17 minutes
FroggyBurton
FroggyBurton posted in New Users:
Greetings to whom reads this! My name is Howard and I want to welcome you to KidzWorld! So many kids waiting to be your friend! Feeling a bit shy to meet new people? Not to worry! Kids here are very friendly especially Jr. Mods, Mods and Admins! They all bring safety to this website and only try to make your needs/wants fulfilled. Please don't hesitate to ask me questions or add me :D
reply about 2 hours
MovingBrick
MovingBrick posted in General:
Dear god this got bumped
reply about 2 hours
Mrawsomegamer
Mrawsomegamer posted in Debating:
Oh! and if you did know about this, and sent an ##### to our school, then thank you for the support. :) We'll never be able to get over it, but we'll get by.  Thanks! :) R.I.P Mrs Maguire, gone but never forgotten...  :angel (Sorry for clogging up this debate, but the moral of the story is world wide, people are getting away with crimes like murder, and/or hurting somebody seriously...  This needs to be stopped... If the death penalty came back, I know for a fact it would scare people into doing the right thing, I don't know about America, but I'm sure it would in England.)
reply about 2 hours
MissFrankTurner
"I don't know about you, but you're looking 22". - Taylor Swift
reply about 2 hours

play online games

Hour-of-code-tumb

Codey the troll is lost! Help him avoid obstacles and get back into the computer...

Candy-quest-feature

Your troll is lost! Help it avoid obstacles and get back into the computer.

Fo...

Dragon-dash

Your dragon must return to guard the treasure! Help it gather lost coins and avo...

_thumb_100x100

Shoot blobs with different properties to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be r...

1005_cc_kidz_100x100_vlh

Candy's got her candies into a terrible mess, can you help her to sort them out?

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

_thumb_100x100

Bloons 2 is here! A worthy and awesome sequel at last to our original Bloons gam...

Frostbox_100x100

Explore the world or hang out with friends in your own condo. Get a unique look,...