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Apprehensions About Using Catnip On Cats

May 20th 2015 at 3:43 AM

Approximately 25% of cats don’t react to catnip. It has been demonstrated that response to catnip is hereditary, thus if both parents don’t respond to catnip, neither will their offspring. The trait is a dominant one and is passed from parents to offspring. Young cats (8 weeks old and younger) are still incapable of reacting to catnip.

While some pet owners may have apprehensions about the effect of catnip on their cats, there has been no significant evidence to show that it is not safe. Also, catnip is not addictive. Since catnip can stimulate brain centers in a large percentage of cats, it is thought that an overdose may actually trigger seizures. There have been cases when aggressive cats become more hostile and there are also the potential effects on cats with a history of seizures, but scientific evidence to support this claim is lacking and inconclusive.

Consult with your veterinarian if you have any concerns regarding the use of catnip to influence your pet’s behavior. Here’s more pet care information on this link.


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