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Catnip Effects - How Does Catnip Effect Your Cat?

Updated on December 7, 2010

On the subject of catnip effects...everybody has got wind of stories about cats jumping into the air or pulling bags apart to get at catnip although others could take or leave the treasured leaves. What is this eerie effect that catnip has on a lot of cats which is making them run around your house and jumping tall cat trees in a single bound while other cats appear untouched by its taste or aroma. It's now time to divide [the fresh litter from the old] as they say in the world of cats about cats and their reaction to catnip.

Reported by some, in all probability those who have watched the catnip effects on their cats...React like bullets fired out of a gun, catnip is the kitty equal of crack, the fact is that catnip is an herb, a relative of the family Lamiaceae. In the botanic world catnip goes by Nepeta Cataria. Within Catnip's composition there's a chemical compound referred to as monoterpene nepetalactone that affects a lot of cats very powerfully.

Monoterpene nepetalactone's denseness is more effective in the plant's leaves than it's stems, roots or seeds. Lowered suppressions and maybe gentle delusions are the normal results of monoterpene nepetalactone on the average cats nervous system. Cats on catnip have been likened to some humans on lysergic acid diethylamide or marijuana and chemically, catnip does have like results.

Studies has revealed that the catnip effect will be different with each cat. A few cats will turn out to be more sexually excited, others will go into what is called a [catnip high] and still others get more aggressive. So how come some cats don't not respond to catnip at all? One in 3 cats don't have the required genetic gene necessary to react to catnip, according to recent new studies. Another crucial factor in judging response to catnip was the cat's age. Catnip has very little to no result on kittens until they're about 9 to 10 months old.

Catnip effects has zero actual habit-forming properties, even although cats will react to it like it were a drug. If you're worried about your kitty getting to addictive, don't be. Your cat will never suffer from the shakes for a catnip fix. The normal catnip high lasts about 10 to 15 minutes and as catnip's toxicity degree is quite low you should feel assured that permitting your cat to delight in some catnip as a treat is o.k., if it does not result in over-aggressive behavior


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      6 years ago from 2510 Warren Avenue Cheyenne,Wyoming 82001

      I am glad by reading this hub.Its very informative.

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      L.L. Woodard 

      7 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Interesting and informational.


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