Nepetalactone means catnip fun and play for your cat.
Anyone recognize that name? Nepalactone comprises from 70 to 99% of the essential oil of the catnip plant. It is the stuff that makes your cat rub, lick, and roll.
I recently ran across an interesting article that talked about catnip that I wanted to share with you. Some things I knew, some facts I didn’t.
As a cat lover/owner, you already know what happens to most cats when they are exposed to, and get that whiff of catnip.
Yep, they get that “Look”, and then decide to go chase their tail, or some other absurdly and ridiculous activity.
The kitty in the photo above is Hermes. He was originally Charlotte’s cat, but has somehow managed to find his home here with us. Thanks Charlotte. (Charlotte presently runs the Kabul Small Animal Rescue (KSAR) in Kabul, Afghanistan. And by the way, Charlotte and I want to say thanks to all of you Cat Purrs Newsletter Readers for your help and support)
Hermes was not “Nipped Out” when I took this picture. He actually has a pair of strikingly large eyes. He can be a sweetheart, but is more often than not, a pain – literally (he scratches and bites if he’s not a “Happy Camper” – kind of like me when I’m not happy).
Back to the catnip.
Who Does What?
It seems that even lions like catnip, but tigers may not be affected.
The affects that catnip has on a cat are passed down through genetics, which is why some cats do not respond, and are seemingly disinterested in catnip.
Catnip Fun, Play, and Curative?
Originally, catnip was used by people to cure, or help, everything from headaches and insanity, to hemorrhoids and infant colic.
People used to smoke the leaves, or infuse it as a tea (many still do), to ease tensions, as a medicine, or possibly to get high. The leaves of the plant can also be chewed. These methods supposedly offer a calming effect.
What I did not know was that if you chewed the root, it has the opposite affect of calming, and can cause an amphetamine like reaction whereby it acts as a stimulant in people.
What I did not know was that if you chewed the root, it has the opposite affect, causing an amphetamine like reaction whereby it acts as a stimulant in people.
Ways To Give Your Cat Catnip
How many of you have cats?
Do you give your cats catnip.
There are several ways that you can give your cat the pleasure of having a “Catnip High”.
And, by the way, the effects do not last that long. 10-15 minutes is the usual duration that
your cat will be a “Nutcase”.
I know there are a couple schools of thought on whether catnip is good for a cat or not, but I have not come across any negative research (and I do research the things that I write about) indicating that it is unhealthy in any way for a cat to enjoy a bit of “Nip” every now and then.
TIP: It’s easy to grow! You can grow catnip outside or inside.
Another TIP: If you grow it inside, grow it in a place where your cats can’t get to it until you want them to. HUGE mistake if you do.
Keep on petting!