All About Catnip

We’ve all heard of catnip. How much do you know, though, about your feline friends’ preferred plant? Below, your Indianapolis, IN veterinarian answers your most frequently asked questions.

What Exactly is Catnip?

Catnip is an herb, classified in the same plant grouping as mint. It grows in the wild, although the catnip you’ll purchase in a pet store is a dried and processed version which looks similar to dried oregano or basil flakes. Catnip can also be infused into sprays or included in cat toys.

Why Does it Affect Cats?

The oils of the catnip plant contain a chemical called nepetalactone. It’s this substance that causes a reaction in your cat’s brain. The reaction is completely safe, and the effects will most likely wear off in just a minute or two.

Why Isn’t My Cat Reacting?

Have you tried out catnip on your cat to no avail? There’s no need to worry; your cat is fine. If a cat doesn’t possess a certain gene, inherited from their parents, they won’t respond to catnip at all!

Does your feline friend need vaccinations or a veterinary examination? We’re here to help with all of your pet-care needs. Call your vet clinic Indianapolis, IN.