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What is catnip?

Catnip is adored amongst the feline kind, and can bring about many funny reactions. We use it in many of our products because it is a great way to add stimulation and enrichment to your cats life. But what exactly is it?

Catnip is a perennial herb from the mint family, and grows naturally in many parts of the world. It has been used by humans for hundreds of years for it's medicinal qualities. Check out our growing kits to grow your own.

It is thought to mimic a pheromone normally released by your cat during activities like play. This causes an alteration in your cats emotions and behaviour. You might see your cat begin to feel either very playful and excited, or become relaxed. Your cat might start playing hard with the toy or rubbing his face on it. Some cats like to chew it and eat it.

The effect of the catnip should last between 10-30 minutes and it is not possible to overdose from catnip. Although eating large quantities is not advised and may cause stomach upset. 

Many people use catnip with their cats to reduce their destructive behaviour's, as it can help to release excess energy and help calm the cat when he is not playing. It is also used to help cats lose weight, as it is renowned for motivating that "lazy" cat into a playful trance. Catnip can be extremely helpful when settling a new cat into the home, or getting a cat used to a new scratcher or tree or moving house. Positive association goes along way amongst our kitty companions!

Approximately 70-80% of cats are affected by catnip and it is thought to be carried genetically. 
If your cat does not respond to catnip, try Valerian root instead.

Check out a range of catnip toys to improve your cats life.