What does catnip do to cats?
- February 24, 2020
- Ally Cohen
Catnip is perennial herb and member of the mint family. Its active ingredient nepetalactone is found mostly in its leaves and stems. Only about 50% of cats respond to catnip, and of those 50% the response is widely variable in behavior. Catnip is not considered harmful and the responses vary from sedation to hyper activity. Most people use it to attract their cat to a scratching post or to increase playtime with toys.
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