Some Facts about Catnip:
Catnip is a plant in the mint family. It has a bright tickly aroma that can make you sneeze, but for most cats it's like a mild drug that both relaxes and stimumlates.
- It's scientific name is Nepeta Catraria, and it's a member of the mint family.
- The active ingredient in catnip is nepetalactone. It is related to a cat's "romantic" hormones, and when cats get high on it, it's like they're in love.
- Around one quarter of cats do not react to catnip at all. It is a genetic trait, and most cats in Australia don't care about catnip. Kittens often don't react until they are a year old or so.
- Catnip acts as a mild repellant for cockroaches and mosquitos, but like many oils, it evaporates and needs to be reapplied regularly.
- The nepetalactone in catnip tea acts as a mild sedative on humans, too. It can also help bring down fevers and has antibacterial properties. (Not enough to replace modern medecine, however.)
- Catnip grows wild all over the United States, but you can also plant seeds or buy seedlings. It grows in sun or partial shade. Although it is said to be a perennial, it often does die off in hard winters - but it often seeds itself for the next season anyway.
Other articles about catnip coming soon.
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