Why is Catnip
Good for Cats?
You know, I’ve always wondered about this question. I’ve
been giving catnip to my cats for a pretty long while, though
not on a regular basis. And so one day, I decided to do some
research on this subject because I really wanted to find out
the benefits of catnip for cats, other than the obvious, which
is the fact that it could make most cats go hyper-bonkers (and
that may or may not be a good thing depending on your point of
Anyway, after a bit of research, I discovered that apart
from making a cat hyperactive, the catnip is capable of jacking
up the confidence of a fearful or shy cat. I put this info to
the test recently and I was pretty happy with the result. You
see, recently I rescued a very shy cat, about 7 months old
according to the vet. He was extremely timid initially, due to
the new environment, plus other cats in the house were sniffing
and staring at him in a weird way.
So, I gave that cat some catnip and you know what, it didn’t
take long for him to strip away his shyness and get comfortable
with the other cats. So that’s one terrific benefit of catnip.
Another benefit is to offer it to a lazy, indoor cat. If you
have that sort of cat, then try giving it some catnip. Chances
are, it may motivate the lazy cat to start moving its ass! From
my experience it works to a degree. Some lazy cats respond well
to the catnip, some just don’t give a hoot at all.
Now keep in mind that senior cats usually do not respond to
catnip. Perhaps due their old age, they just do not find the
catnip interesting, or they simply never cared about it in the
first place. Also don’t bother offering catnip to kittens under
4 months old. They probably won’t react to it. Wait until the
kitten is about 4 – 5 months old before introducing it to the
Yet another benefit of catnip is that it could actually help
save your furniture from being scratched! You know how naughty
some cats can be with their scratching habit. It doesn’t matter
if you’ve spent a good deal of dough on a solid scratching
post. Once they have their eye on particular piece of
furniture, they’ll go right ahead and scratch it like crazy
while completely ignoring the scratching post.
Now, the good news is you may be able to prevent such
misfortune by applying some catnip on the scratching post. The
catnip might help to motivate them to relieve their scratching
urges on the post instead of on your thousand-dollar couch.
For this very purpose, I recommend you use a catnip spray
like you see down here.
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Obviously, it’s not quite practical to rub dry catnip on the
scratching post, so use the above spray and the problem is
solved! This catnip spray is made from essential oil extracted
from very high-quality catnip buds and mixed with distilled
water. It’s very powerful stuff. Spray some on the scratching
post and that should divert your cat’s attention from damaging
your precious furniture.
uses of Catnip
See, catnip is scientifically known as Nepeta Caria and it’s
basically a plant in the mint family. That is why the catnip is
sometimes referred to as “catmint”. Now according to my
research, the catnip can actually be consumed by humans and
some folks actually enjoy adding some catnip in a cup of hot
tea, thus effectively turning it into a cup of mint tea! You
know, I was tempted to make a cup of catnip tea, but then I
decided to pass it up. I’ll stick to regular mint leaves, thank
you very much!