Learn more about our catnip blend :
The names catnip is derived from the intense attraction most cats have towards it. Nepeta cataria, commonly known as catnip is an herbaceous plant that contains the feline attractant nepetalactone.
Catnip is known for its behavioral effects on the cat family, not only on domestic cats but also other species of cats.Several tests showed that leopards, cougars, servals, and lynxes often reacted strongly to catnip in a manner similar to domestic cats and while lions and tigers can react strongly as well, they do not react as consistently.
With domestic cats, catnip is used as a recreational substance for pet cats’ enjoyment.
Common behaviors cats display when they sense the bruised leaves or stems of catnip are rubbing on the plant, rolling on the ground, licking it, and chewing it. Consuming much of the plant is followed by drooling, sleepiness, and purring. The main response period after exposure is generally between five to fifteen minutes, after which olfactory fatigue usually sets in.
Other plants that also have this effect on cats include valerian root. Cats find the scent of valerian root irresistible. Just a pinch of cut up root will expose your cat to the active oil, Actinidine, which will turn your kitty into an ecstatic drool machine.
Valerian root is a stimulant, which means that it will send your cat dancing and rolling around your house. We bet you’d never seen your cat as happy as he is on valerian root!
We’ve added to this blend a few lavender flowers, in small quantity. Cats, like us, have a fondness for aromatic plants that are tasty and may be drawn to a fragrant herb such as lavender.
Note : lavender essential oil is not recommended for cats, but the ASPCA and Animal Planet do not include lavender flowers on their lists of plants and herbs that are potentially poisonous to cats, meaning a lavender plant in your garden or home poses no danger.