How To Use Catnip If Your Cat Is Stressed
Did you know that catnip can help you de-stress your cat? Two thirds of the feline population possess an inherited gene which is responsible for producing the classic feline reaction to catnip.
The ‘catnip effect’is caused by a volatile oil in the stems and leaves containing the chemical Nepetalactone.This chemical appears to minimize a cat’s inhibition. It creates a feeling of euphoria that can last for about fifteen minutes. However,catnip is very safe for cats,with no side effects, and is not addictive at all. Overuse of catnip,though,can cause a cat to eventually become immune to the effects.
The “catnip effect”
When a responsive cat comes into contact with catnip,she will sniff it,lick it,roll in it, bite it and rub her head and chin against it repeatedly, purring, growling or meowing, and even leaping