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Is Catnip Dangerous for a Cat?

Saturday, August 24, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT CATNIPAll cats react differently to cat nip. Cats have a special receptor for the natural ingredient in catnip called Nepetalactone. A cats receptor is located on the roof of his mouth.  Nepetalactone is not harmful or addictive to cats.  Cats response to catnip can be very amusing. Licking, jumping, rolling  and drooling are common. Some cats actually become very calm after their exposure to catnip.

Very young and older cats don’t respond as much as a middle aged cat. Feline response to catnip is genetic. 10 to 30% of the cat population does not respond to catnip at all. Some cats are genetically programmed to respond to catnip and some aren’t. My 14 year old cat Mollie actually responds more to cat nip then my 8 year old Millie.

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