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Some Cats Get Crazy Over Catnip

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

CATNIPMy younger cat Millie, who is usually jumping around for anything doesn’t care for catnip while Mollie who lays around all day rolls, jumps and really gets high over it! Catnip, which is a perennial herb in the mint family, contains a chemical called “nepetalactone” that is released when catnip is crushed.  When cats get a whiff of nepetalactone, most will start rubbing themselves against it, jumping and playing around with it, sometimes eating it, and generally will act quite bizarrely.  The affects are not long lasting. It loses its effect on them and they will usually no longer be interested in it for about an hour or two, at which point the chemical will start to kick in again as they breathe it in and they will once again begin acting bizarrely around it for a few minutes. Some cat toys contain catnip but you can also purchase catnip separately and put it on your cats toy for the same affect.

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