Does your Cat go crazy for Catnip? Many do and it is beautiful to watch them rolling around in such a euphoric state.
So what is Catnip and why do Cats love it? We were fortunate to come across the following explanation from Rach of Catnipsum. According to studies one in 2 cats are affected by Catnip.
What Is Catnip And How Does It Work?
We were also surprised to find that there are some 250 different varieties of Catnip. You can plant Catnip seeds in your garden and we have even seen Catnip Spray available for sale online.
Here’s what Pet MD has to say on their site.
- Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a perennial herb that is a member of the mint family. It can grow to be up to three feet high!
- The chemical compound in the plant that attracts and affects cats is called nepetalactone. It is found in the leaves and stems.
- Nepetalactone is a stimulant when sniffed by a cat, producing a “high” that is described as being similar to either marijuana or LSD. (How this was determined, I do not know.) And the effects last for about 10 minutes before wearing off and the cat going back to normal.
- When a cat eats catnip, it acts as a sedative, but when smelled, it causes the cat to go crazy. It is thought to mimic feline pheremones and trigger those receptors.
- Cats may react to the plant by rolling around, flipping over, and generally being hyperactive.
- About 50 percent of cats seem to be affected by catnip, and the behavior that results varies widely between individuals, and it is believed to be an inherited sensitivity.
- And if your cat does have the sensitivity, it will not emerge until your cat is several months old, young kittens are not affected by the chemicals in the plant.
- Cats may rub against and chew on catnip to bruise the leaves and stems, which then release more nepetalactone.
- Catnip is safe for cats. If they eat a lot, they may vomit and have diarrhea, but will return to normal given time (and no more catnip).
- It is also known to help humans, it has been used for its sedative properties in humans for centuries, having similar properties to chamomile and is a very potent mosquito repellent
- If cats are exposed to catnip frequently, they may no longer respond to it. Some people recommend that it shouldn’t be given more than once every two or three weeks to prevent habituation.
Catnip Biscuits Recipe Video
We found an awesome Catnip Biscuits video from Buzzfeed Tasty. It is short and shiny and shows you exactly how to make your own at home. Click Play above to watch now ^
Now that you know how to make your own Catnip Biscuits, you’ll need somewhere to store them. We love this super cute idea of these Cat Treat Jar Cozies.
You can get them made up to look like your own Cat. Are they not cute? You can check them out on Etsy here
Catnip Biscuits Ingredients
- 1 cup oat flour
- 2 ounces of tuna, in water (drained) and no salt
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons catnip
Catnip Biscuits Recipe Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350˚F/180˚C.
Combine oat flour, tuna, egg, olive oil, and catnip in a food processor and blend until it forms a crumb-like dough.
Transfer dough into a bowl and hand roll into small biscuits.
Place each biscuit onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool.
Store leftover biscuits in the fridge for up to 2-3 days or 1-2 months in the freezer.