LIVE CATNIP FAQs
Catnip can live for years if transplanted into a larger pot when it becomes rootbound. Proper care would include routine watering, occasional feeding and plenty of sunlight.
Studies have shown that a small percentage of cats may not react to catnip because they do not carry an inherited “catnip gene,” which becomes active when a kitten is about 8 weeks old; however, most cats experience the greatest benefits from catnip when they have matured to the age of 9 months.
Catnip contains a natural substance, called Nepetalactone, which triggers a euphoric, mood enhancing response in the brain that is temporary, usually lasting about 10 to 15 minutes. For most cats, catnip also stimulates exercise and appetite, and can soothe or relax an anxious cat.
Yes. Experts say that catnip is not toxic or addictive in any amount. Cats who respond to catnip will often chew on or eat the leaves, which is why the fresh plant is safer and more appealing than the dried option, which can be prickly.
Catnip is very versatile! You can pinch a leaf or stem from the plant and present it to your cat to sniff, roll on or even eat (yes, it is perfectly safe for cats to eat, and much gentler on their mouths and tummies than dried, ground-up catnip.) Try rubbing a leaf or two on their favorite toy or perch. Some cats need no encouragement – just place the pot on the floor and let them love on it.
A member of the mint family, Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a perennial herb that is sometimes referred to as ‘Catmint.’ The plant blooms from late Spring through Autumn with pink or lavender flowers.