their ability to purr, one of the most delightful things I treasure
about my cats are their antics when I give them catnip.
most of my felines are VERY dignified and grown-up kitties. In fact,
I have heard the other house cats talking about my favorite queen behind
her back and calling her "stuffy".
give her a pinch of catnip and she goes totally ga-ga.
to worry about whether catnip was good for my cat or not.
ever wondered what is going on in your cat's own head when it starts
to play and play with a catnip toy.
my cats often performs gymnastic routines worthy of the Olympic gold
medalist when she has catnip!
cat experiencing the equivalent of a marijuana high? :-)))
you'd be surprised . . .
a few facts about Catnip:
members of the cat family, contact with Catnip causes a peculiar reaction
called the Catnip Response.
The typical sequence of the catnip response include:
The catnip response lasts
an average of about 6 minutes but is most intense for 2-3 minutes.
behavior pattern associated with catnip may be more closely related
to predatory behavior. A cat’s reaction to the detection and capture
of prey parallels many of the phases of the catnip response. Pawing
and marking, clasping and rolling onto the side, and rhythmic kicking
with the back feet are common to hunting behavior and the catnip
is a definite range in the amount and degree of the individual cat's
reaction when presented with some catnip.
cats are eager when catnip is offered and seem to revel in its
effects. Other cats may appear to avoid it, despite prior displays
of catnip sensitivity.
male and female cats of reproductive age are more sensitive to
catnip than very young or old cats.
is commonly incorporated into cat toys. Some people apply catnip
to the surface of scratch posts to attract a cat’s interest.
Catnip is available
in a dried form and marketed as a cat treat, or may also be grown in indoor gardens, providing a fresh supply.
even grow catnip to distract their cats from chewing ornamental houseplants.
is not toxic to pets. And while we as owners may enjoy much pleasure
and laughter watching our kitties antics when sniffing catnip, it is
by no means necessary for the well-being of any cat.
So . . .
you can let your kitty enjoy the occasional catnip "high"
without worrying that it's not good for its health . . . just don't overdo