If you frequently visit YouTube or TikTok, you may have noticed videos cropping up of cats under the effects of Catnip. Catnip, or Nepeta Cataria as it’s known scientifically, is a type of flower most associated with cats and the two differing effects that it has on them. These effects are entirely dependent on your cat’s disposition, the first of which being extreme playfulness, rowdiness and excitability. The other effect that Catnip has is the more-often desired of the two; lethargy, tiredness and an apparent state of total relaxation. Today, we’ll be going over some of the science behind Catnip and how you can get your paws on some of this stuff.
So, it’s like a drug?
Well, not really. In the same way that chamomile tea has calming effects on humans, so too has Catnip on cats. A cat doesn’t necessarily have to ingest the Catnip to experience its effects, as being in its general proximity is enough to illicit a response. In this regard, your cat can’t really overdose on Catnip. . Catnip, unsurprisingly, is 100% organic and grows in the wild across many different countries, making it perfectly safe for your pet to enjoy.
Why do cats respond funny to it?
Without going into too much detail, Catnip’s scent triggers the same parts of a cat’s nose that are responsible for, y’know… checking if a potential suitor has the right perfume on. This, in turn, has amusing results in which your cat develops a physical attachment to the Catnip, going so far as to stick their entire face in a jar of it or roll around in it endlessly. After fifteen minutes, olfactory fatigue will set in and your cat will return to normal.
Are there any side-effects?
As of 2021, there are no known long-lasting or detrimental side-effects to Catnip exposure. Exposure to copious amounts of the stuff can result in your furry-friend drooling or, perhaps, looking somewhat disoriented. Worry not, as Catnip’s effects rarely last longer than fifteen minutes and won’t have an effect again for at least two hours. Of course, if you feel doubtful for any reason, you can always give us a call. If your pet is already on any medication that may make them lethargic or sleepy, perhaps it’s best to keep the Catnip away from them until they’re themselves once again.
Can I get Catnip in Ireland?
You sure can. If you’re not lucky enough to find some growing randomly in the wild, seeds can be purchased and planted in any size pot or window box. There’s even a Catnip farm down in Clare, that Catnip can be ordered from. Other than that, many pet shops across Ireland stock Catnip related toys and treats. Growing Catnip in your garden is not the best idea, especially if you live in an estate where there are plenty of cats. If it proliferates, you’ll have a garden full of the same plant and, if that happens, you’ll have a garden full of cats! As someone who regularly sees 5-6 cats in their garden daily, this is not something you want.
Could Catnip help two cats get along?
The short answer is not really. As we’ve gone over above, Catnip can have two very different effects on cats, the first of which being extreme rowdiness or playfulness. That’s not to say that two cats that normally get along can’t enjoy the plant together. However, Catnip’s not really useful as a tool to help placate two queens trying to live in the same castle. Of course, you can experiment with Catnip for your own peace-of-mind, but be warned that there are risks Involved in meddling in your two cat’s personalities!
Well, I guess that about wraps it up! Catnip is a fun and often intriguing plant that can be an occasional treat for your best furry-friend to enjoy. If you have any questions that we haven’t managed to answer, you can always contact us.
Ciao! Or Meow, I guess…