Not All Cats Love Catnip?!?

by Claire H. on August 27, 2012

Cat-Nip-PlantWhen I got my cat Senorita, I thought she was just an odd duck because she didn’t seem all that interested in catnip. I never really thought too much about it, but today I learned a few things on that made it a little more clear… not all cats like catnip.

Over a third of cats are actually not stimulated at all by catnip, and others are only mildly stimulated. There is a genetic aspect to this, and although we don’t fully understand the genetic trait, the desire for catnip can be bred into a line via genetic selection.

The “active ingredient” in catnip that causes a response in cats is actually called nepatalactone, and it resembles a chemical that is found in the urine of female cats. It is believed unneutered males are the most likely to react to catnip because of this chemical resemblance. Kittens under the age of 3 months generally don’t have any reaction to catnip at all.

Although being completely safe for your cat, it is recommended to only give catnip once a week to avoid diminishing the effects it has on your cat.

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Claire is a mom to three children. She has owned dogs and cats in the past, and currently has one calico cat named Potatoe. Although never owning them, she is very interested in reptiles, and has assisted friends in the past who owned a reptile store.

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