Catnip And Your Cat
By Dustin H Cannon
What is catnip? Is it good for your cat? How often can you give catnip to your cat? How do cats react to catnip? These questions will all be answered in this article.
Catnip is a plant that can be grown in your garden and it is a member of the mint family. Catnip can also grow as a weed in North America where it often grows wild.
The leaves of the catnip plant contain nepetalactone which is an oil. When the leaves are shredded or crumbled the oil is released. Cats are pleased when they smell this oil as the scent stimulates something in their brain.
Most cats love catnip and will chew or lick anything containing it. Many will rub their heads in the leaves and then proceed to roll in it. They sometimes become quite energized and may do things that they usually do not do.
After awhile the effects of the catnip will wear off and a cat often becomes rather sleepy or lethargic. Fresh catnip or objects that contain fresh catnip will bring about the most interesting results.
There are many products that contain catnip. You can find toys that are filled with catnip and there are also pure and artificial sprays. The pure spray is more costly but you do not need to use much of it at one time. There are also catnip bubbles and organic catnip. You may need to try more than one product before you find the one that appeals most to your cat.
You will not need much catnip to get your cat interested. It is a good idea to ration the catnip and not give it to your cat on a daily basis. It won’t be nearly as much fun for your cat if she has the catnip treat too often and her reactions may not be as much fun for either of you.
Want to add a little excitement to your cat’s routine? Try introducing a some catnip from time to time!
About the Author: Dustin Cannon is owner of Just Articles VIP and writes on a variety of subjects. To learn more about pet supplies Dustin recommends you visit: Pet Supplies For Your Precious Companions