How About Some Catnip?

This herb affects about 70 percent of adult cats, though your kitten may not seem to notice it.

By Virginia Parker Guidry

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Catnip (nepeta cataria) is a perennial herb belonging to the mint family. There is a chemical present in its stems and leaves, nepetalactone, which causes a euphoric-type response in some adult cats, while young kittens are generally not affected.

"Approximately 30 percent of adult cats show zero or minimal response to the plant, and nearly all kittens under 2 months of age show no reaction to catnip and often actively avoid it," said Arnold Plotnick, DVM, owner of the Manhattan Cat Specialists clinic in New York.
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Joanne    Downey, CA

2/25/2011 4:36:32 PM

My two Adult male Cats love catnip!! They go crazy for the stuff. All I have to do is have Catnip in my hand and they instantly appear before me!!

Gunda    Buffalo, NY

1/15/2007 11:19:14 AM

I've heard that catnip is a healthy and necessary herb for cats. My cat enjoys it on a regular basis.

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