Your Catnip FAQs Answered

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.