is a recreational herb for cats. It is the scent and not
the consumption of it that has a dramatic effect on cats, but
cats are known to eat it while enjoying it. It is not known
for sure what happens in a cat's brain, but we do know that the
chemical nepetalactone in catnip is the thing that triggers
the response. Most cats begin to react to catnip at six
to eight weeks, but some cats do not react all (very young kittens
and older cats seem to have less of a reaction). Large
cats, such as tigers, can also be affected by it. The reaction
only lasts for a few minutes, and then the cat may lose interest
in it. It then takes about one to two hours for the cat
to "reset" and be affected by it again.
affected by catnip, your cat may exhibit some of the following
signs: purring, cheek rubbing, licking/eating the actual
cat nip, body rubbing, grasping at object that smells like catnip,
kicking. They'll get very friendly and rub against you,
and may give you "love nips" if you are interacting
with them while catnip is present.
catnip is part of the mint family, you may notice that your cat
also really enjoys the smell of peppermint. I have peppermint
foot lotion from The Body Shop, and when I put it on my cats
try to burrow into my socks.