Why do cats like catnip

Even though cats go crazy and some even seem drugged around catnip it’s not a drug. It’s actually an herb that belongs to the mint family. When the leaves are broken it releases a certain chemical that most cats respond to.All cats respond differently to catnip. Some of them walk away cuz they couldn’t care less, but others go ape. The cats that do go crazy are responding to the active ingredient in catnip called Nepetalactone. The reaction to this chemical is caused by the organ that operates a cat’s five senses (touch, smell, sight, sound and taste.)Catnip doesn’t have the same effect on all cats.Cats that do react will eat it or lick it; some roll in it and others just sniff it. The catnip reaction is inherited so not all of them respond. Young kittens and old cats rarely respond although large cats like tigers will. If your cat’s behavior doesn’t change around catnip it’s nothing to worry about. About 10 to 30 percent of cats don’t go berserk over catnip.

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