It’s your cat’s favorite plant—how much do you know about catnip? Below, find out the answers to your most frequently asked questions as your vet Marietta, GA fills you in on the basics.
What Exactly is Catnip?
Catnip is an herb that grows in the wild; it originated in Europe and is now found all over the world. The wild plant is leafy green and has white flowers with distinctive purple spots.
In a pet store, you’ll find dried and processed catnip ready for consumption by our feline friends. Catnip can also be packaged into toys or put into spray products.
Why Does Catnip Affect Cats?
The oils of the catnip plant contain a chemical called nepetalactone, and it causes a reaction in your cat’s brain that leads to the euphoria and other behaviors that you might see. The effect will usually wear off after only a few minutes.
Why Don’t Some Cats Respond?
It turns out that cats require a very specific gene, inherited from their parents, to feel catnip’s affects. If they don’t have it, catnip won’t do much of anything!
Do you have further questions about your cat’s favorite herb? Contact your vets in Marietta, GA.
Are you considering adopting a guinea pig? These little rodents make great pets for the right family! Here, your Marietta, GA veterinarian goes over the basics of guinea pig care.
Your guinea pig will need to be fed a commercial pellet food, widely available at pet stores, retail outlets, and certain vets’ offices. The diet should be supplemented every day with fresh fruits and veggies. Guinea pigs enjoy a variety of greens and fruits, including grapes, zucchini, lettuce, carrots, and much more. Ask your vet for further details.
Your guinea pig should have a spacious cage with enough room for playing, relaxing, and feeding. It will need a solid bottom for you to put shaved bedding into. Ask your vet to recommend a perfect size for your potential pet.
Many guinea pigs will be skittish and can be difficult to handle. If possible, start handling your pig as early as you can; do so very gently, and over time your pet will come to learn that you’re safe and mean him no harm.
Do you have more questions about guinea pig healthcare? We are here to help! Contact Give your Pet Clinic Marietta, GA a call to learn more.