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Catnip: what is it and how does it affect cats?

Catnip has a reputation for being the marijuana of the cat world. However, this may leave you to wonder how safe it is for your pet. You also might wonder how it works and if your furry friend can become addicted. General overview of catnip Catnip is a perennial herb that comes from the mint family. It is native to Asia, Europe, and Africa. It was brought to North America and easily spread from there. Today it can be found in gardens and yards — both planted on purpose, but also growing wild. Your cat will likely prefer the nepeta cataria variety because this is the one that has an active ingredient — the volatile oil nepetalactone — that’ll affect your pet. It even changes the behavior of some other species of cats besides domestic ones. Not all cats will experienc...