Cat crazy on catnip?
Many act owners have reveled in their cat’s silly antics when offered catnip. What makes our furry friends act so excited?
Catnip, Nepeta Cataria, is a member of the mint family. It can be grown in your own garden. The leaves can be dried or provided fresh to your feline friend. Cats exposed to the leaves will usually elicit behaviors of rolling, rubbing, head shaking, and even drooling.
Researchers have noted that the oils from catnip have natural and safe insecticide effects that repel lice, fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. Scientists in Poland have discovered antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. Furthermore, evidence has shown that the catnip scent has a pheromone effect as an aphrodisiac in cats and some other animal species. Wow! No wonder cats go crazy!
Please call us at Hudson Veterinary Hospital, 330-650-2929, if you have any further questions or veterinary needs.