Easter Time – Catnip for cats

18 Apr 2019

April 18, 2019

Nepeta cataria which is commonly known as catnip, catswort, and catmint, is a species of the genus Nepeta native to Southern and Eastern Europe  the Middle East Central Asia and parts of China.

So how does this work on Cats, Lions and Tigers, which are exquisitely susceptible to volatile oil found in the stems and leaves of the catnip plant.

You may notice when a cat smells catnip they exhibit several behaviors like rub their heads and body on the herb, or jump, roll around and become very exited and possesive.

Response to catnip is hereditary about 70 to 80 percent of cats will show this behaviour in the plant’s presence.

Cats love catnip over most of their favourite treats most people associate it with cats and not with the fact that for humans it can make a soothing tea for the nerves, and has antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, nervine, sedative, stimulant, stomachic and tonic properties.

The nepetalactone vapour that the catnip gives off is what the cat is reacting too. When the cat smells catnip, the scent molecules travel to a receptor above the palate in the roof of the mouth known as the Vomeronasal Organ. This organ helps your cat to analyse smell, the same organ is used to analyse the scent of other cats and its environmental surroundings. Cats collect the aroma from the catnip in their mouth, then use their tongue to flick the scent up to the vomeronasal organ.  

All my cats love Easter time when they get their special Easter eggs the house is full of mad cats that are as crazy as their owner.