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Catnip Toys

Cat lovers know that many cats love catnip, but some cat owners may not know what catnip really is and why some cats go crazy for it and others couldn’t be bothered with it. Let’s take a look, first, at what this mysterious “treat” is and then let’s take a look at what types of products you can buy for your cat so she can enjoy this delightful treat. What we know as catnip (also referred to as catmint and catswort) is a flowering perennial with the scientific name Nepeta cataria; catnip is a member of the mint family, which has well over 250 different kinds of species. The essential oil in catnip is called “nepetalactone,” and it has a powerful effect on cats who are sensitive to it, but it has no effect on cats with no sensitivity to it. The only way to know if your cat will enjoy catnip toys is to buy one and see how she reacts.
If you’re ready to buy catnip toys for your feline friends, you’ve come to the right place because Zen Pet Supplies has a good selection of catnip toys in various forms including catnip in a sack, catnip in a stuffed squirrel (super cute!!), catnip in a beaver toy (adorbs!), a catnip duckie (too cute!), and even cardboard scratching posts with catnip. The best way to find out what your cats like the most is trial and error. Maybe you could try buying one or two catnip toys and see how your cat reacts; if there’s not much interest, you can then maybe try another form of catnip toy. We sure do have plenty to choose from at Zen Pet Supplies, and our inventory grows on a regular basis.

Why do some felines love catnip and others don’t? 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.” With catnip, it’s luck of the draw. Your cat is either going to love it or leave it. Please note that just like with any “treat,” too much of a good thing can be harmful. The Human Society explains that many cats react to catnip by rolling, flipping, rubbing, and sometimes zoning out after coming into contact with it. Some become hyperactive, running around like crazy, and some get aggressive, especially if you approach them. If your cat’s experience with catnip toys is a positive one, be sure to stock up on Zen’s catnip toys today!