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Cat Crack Catnip, Premium Blend Safe for Cats, Infused with Maximum Potency Your Kitty is Sure to Go Crazy for (1 Cup)

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Eventually the company branched out into cat food – "Spratt's puts pussy into fine form!", they said – and the rest is history. However, the science of pet food palatants still had some way to go.

The effect of catnip is through smell alone and not taste, so catnip is best provided in a form that cats can easily smell,’ explains Vanessa. ‘For example, toys filled with dried catnip or liquid catnip sprayed onto toys or a cloth. It’s no secret that cats love catnip. The alluring herb, also known as catnip, catmint and field balm, is irresistible to most cats. And while its effects may seem mysterious to us humans, the science behind why cats love catnip is actually pretty simple. When cats smell nepetalactone, it causes them to experience a range of reactions. Some cats will become more active, while others will become more relaxed. Some will even roll around and rub their faces in the plant. The effects usually last for 10-15 minutes before wearing off. Not all cats react to catnip. In fact, it’s estimated that only about 50% of cats are affected by the herb. The oils in catnip contain a chemical called nepetalactone. When cats smell nepetalactone, it binds to olfactory receptors in their nose. These receptors, in turn, trigger a neurological response that causes the cat’s euphoric behavior.

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Yes, catnip is perfectly safe for cats. In fact, it’s often used as a training tool or as a way to entice cats to use scratching posts or litter boxes.

Today it's possible to buy specialised kibble for almost any kind of pet, from frogs to sugar gliders (a small marsupial). Most follow roughly the same formula – they usually contain some kind of base carbohydrate, assorted proteins and fats, sugars, a source of fibre, antioxidants or other preservatives, emulsifiers (which keep the fat in the food and prevent it from separating), vitamins and minerals, and colouring agents. The morality of giving a cat behaviour-altering substances for our own enjoyment isn’t something we can definitively declare – that’s your decision, the same way the ethics of keeping a pet in the first place is.While catnip is perfectly safe for cats, it is important to note that it can be toxic to other animals. If you have other pets in your home, it is best to keep them away from catnip. Catnip is a herb that’s a member of the mint family. Nepetalactone is a chemical compound found in catnip’s leaves and stems, and is a stimulant when sniffed, giving cats a sort of ‘high’ that lasts for around ten minutes. Young kittens aren’t affected by catnip at all, so you’ll need to wait until your cat has grown up before finding out if they’re sensitive to catnhip highs. It’s thought that nepetalactone mimics feline pheremones and thus triggers all the cat’s receptors for excitement and energy. They might roll around, meow, drool, and be more playful.

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