Cats love catnip!
Well at least a lot of cats do!
But many people including ourselves have wondered what it is about catnip that drives cats so crazy!!!
The answer is a compound in the catnip called nepetalactone which gives cats a pleasurable and happy feeling.
And when a cat smells that catnip - it is basically the equivalent of the high marijuana gives humans!
Not every cat likes catnip though.
Research shows about fifty percent of cats have a reaction to catnip.
However, if you have a kitten and it doesn't have a reaction - that doesn't mean it won't ever like catnip.
It could grow up, and turn out to like it very much!
So keep your kitty happy and get 'em some catnip!
[Image via Wikimedia Commons.]
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