Monday, February 11, 2013

Crazy for Catnip

Ever wondered if big cats like lions and tigers enjoy catnip like many domesticated house cats do? I think you'll find the answer to that question in this video! They seem to relish (VBP) the catnip toys given to them. Watch for yourself.


Here are some interesting facts about catnip:


Catnip plant
  • Catnip is a perennial (VBP) herb that is native to Europe, Africa, and Asia. 
  • Catnip belongs to the mint family of herbs and plants. 
  • Nepetelactone (VBP) is a chemical that is found in catnip and causes a response in some cats' brains that make them go crazy for catnip. Some cats aren't affected by it. (Like Joseph in the video.)
  • Very young kittens or senior cats are less likely to have a reaction to catnip.
  • Humans can use catnip in teas for relief from nausea, headaches, upset stomach, insomnia, and toothaches. 

My most recent kitty never had any response to catnip. What about your cat? Are they crazy for catnip?

Thanks to Jet, Savannah, and Texas for hosting the Vocabulary Building Project Blog Hop! Click here for this week's linkie. 

23 comments:

  1. Pawsome. That was very cute. Have a marvelous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  2. OUr Nin gets high on it! Have a good day.

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  3. Great video. Some of us like catnip and some of us just don't care. Have a great week.

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  4. Woof! Woof! Interesting. I guess that lino enjoyed the taste of the brown paper too. Happy Monday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  5. Great! how interesting. I never thought that catnip is such a versatile plant - THANKS!

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    1. There are some other uses for it too. I heard it's good for cuts and scrapes. Tell your mom that maybe she will have some luck growing catnip vs. mandrake! lol

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  6. That's pretty interesting. I had a couple cats a few years ago, that LOVED it.

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  7. When we had a kitty, we grew catnip for him and he would often sleep in the pot.

    Susan and Wrigs

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  8. we LOVES big cat rescue !!! we tell R mom ta turn it on like all de time...like her wood sew wanna be werkin ther.....ther Christmas videe oh wuz good :)

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  9. Waffles Too had his first dose of catnip just the other day and I think it's safe to say he LOVES it. For once, he left Katie alone. ...so I guess that means Katie loves it too!!!
    ; ) GG

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    1. Aww I'd love to see what he does with some catnip!

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  10. Our last cat Millie loved Cat nip, she turned into some drug crazed addict bouncing off the walls.

    Sheba.

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  11. This surprised me...Never would have thought...but they sure did seem to be having a great time and were so playful...Fun video

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  12. The leopard was my favorite, the ways he rubbed into it was so cute!! Mum was all like 'awwwwwwww' and 'ohhhhhhhhh' BOL!!!
    Love Milo :)

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  13. Neat! I guess I never thought whether the big cats would like catnip! Moosey loves the stuff, but Sammy (who gets to come home today, by the way!) could care less. :)

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    1. Yay Sammy! Glad he's feeling well enough to come home!

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  14. Well, that answers the question doesn't it?!? It looks like they love it!

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  15. My Molly looooooves catnip. I haven't caught the other cats really bother with it though.

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  16. Schroeder does not really care about catnip at all, but Linus, oh my gosh he goes Crazy over it! One day I will have to sneak some of his catnip spray and use it on me...then he will love me ;)

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  17. Hey Ann, I'm busy playing catch up today. First I want to tell you that I'm sorry I missed your fundraiser...there's always next year! Second, I thought the Valentine you made that was featured on BlogPaws was so cute! (Happy Belated Valentines Day) Now my numbers are gonna get mixed up...I've always thought bird watching would be fun, just never got around to it. Although we have a family of cardinals that lives nearby, blue jays too. Great beautiful birds. AND, I've been to Big Cat Rescue myself. What a fabulous place. Thanks for the video...I've often wondered if big cats like a little nip once in a while! LOL Happy Weekend!

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    1. Hey Loy - I think it's pretty cool that you've been to the Big Cat Rescue. Nibblet did enjoy being featured on BlogPaws again :) I've got a bit of catching up to do myself! Thanks for stopping by.

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