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Cat lovers know that cats love catnip, but what is it really? And is this something you should buy for your cats? What we know as catnip, catmint, or catswort is a flowering perennial with the scientific name Nepeta cataria. Catnip is a member of the mint family, which has about 250 species. The essential oil in catnip, nepetalactone, has a powerful effect on cats who are sensitive to it, turning even the most laid back kitty into a ball of energy and excitement. Many people don’t realize that this treat, commonly reserved for the pleasure it gives felines, also has extensive benefits for human beings. But today we’re going to talk about why you should buy catnip for your cats. We’re going to leave the human benefits of catnip for you and your physician to discuss. So, don’t share your cat’s treat with yourself before speaking to a medical professional! There are a number of reasons why catnip is your feline’s “drug of choice.”
If you’re looking for catnip treats for your feline friends, you’ve come to the right place because Zen Pet Supplies has a good selection of catnip in various forms including catnip chicken treats, catnip honeysuckle treats, lavender treats, catnip in a cup, catnip grass, a cat scratch apple and even a Kong cat wobbler to make your kitty work for his treat. According to the Humane Society, “The most intense catnip experience is an olfactory one—your cat smells the herb and promptly goes nuts. Researchers aren't sure what the neurological explanation is, but it's thought that catnip mimics feline "happy" pheromones and stimulates the receptors in the brain that respond to those pheromones. When eaten, however, catnip seems to have the opposite effect: the cat may become very mellow.”

Please consult your veterinarian or experienced cat owners before giving catnip to your feline friend. All cats react differently to catnip, and just like with any “treat,” too much of a good thing can be harmful. The Humane Society states that approximately 50% of cats don’t even respond to catnip—and that it's an inherited sensitivity, so if your cat shows no interest in this treat, don’t be surprised. It may just be his genetic makeup that causes him to show no interest in catnip. The Human Society explains that many cats react to catnip by rolling, flipping, rubbing, and sometimes zoning out after coming into contact with it. They may meow or growl at the same time. Other cats become hyperactive, running around crazily, and some get downright aggressive, especially if approached by humans or other animals. Usually these sessions last about 10 minutes, after which your cat loses interest. For these reasons, you may be wary about trying catnip. But if the experience with your cat’s exposure to catnip is a good one, be sure to stock up at Zen Pet Supplies today!