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Many cat owners have seen their kitties go crazy over a catnip filled toy. But why do cats like catnip so much? And is it safe? Read below to learn more about catnip and your cat. Catnip is a plant that produces a euphoric state in roughly two-thirds of the cat population. Some people may comment or joke that catnip gets kitties “high” but that’s not true! Unlike the effects that recreational drugs have on humans, catnip only effects the emotional state of cats, and does so through feline sensitivity to the pheromones contained in the plant. Catnip is closely related to mint. Just like mint, it contains a strong smelling oil called nepetalactone. This is the substance that cats react to. However, many cats will have no interest or reaction to catnip. Young kittens don’t seem to be sensitive to catnip and about one third of adults never develop a reaction ...

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