What does catnip do to cats?

What does catnip do to cats?Does anyone grow catnip? I grew up thinking catnip was a cat’s dream for playtime. But have since learned that cats may love it or hate it.
Catnip is a perennial herb. It is a member of the mint family. It has an active ingredient called nepetalactone. Nepetalactone is found in the leaves and stems. Only about 50% of cats respond to catnip, and of those, only half responded in widely different ways.

Catnip is not considered toxic, and the responses vary from drowsiness to hyperactivity. We used it to attract one of our cats to a scratching post. It did work. Bottom line, not all cats respond to catnip. Some love it, and some hate it. Again, we cover this in our podcast called Vets Talk Pets on iTunes and Google Play.

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