Cats’ reaction to catnip toys

Ah, the infamous catnip – a plant that can turn even the most aloof feline into a playful and energetic ball of fur. But have you ever wondered why cats react the way they do to catnip toys?

Catnip contains a compound called nepetalactone, which binds to receptors in a cat’s nose, leading to a euphoric and almost hallucinogenic response. This reaction can vary from cat to cat, with some becoming more playful, while others may become more relaxed or even a bit aggressive.

It’s important to note that not all cats are affected by catnip, as sensitivity to it is hereditary. Kittens and older cats are less likely to respond to catnip, while around 50-70% of adult cats will have a reaction.

When offering your cat a catnip toy, be sure to do so in moderation. Too much exposure can lead to a decreased response over time. Additionally, always supervise your cat while they are enjoying their catnip toy to ensure their safety.

So, the next time you see your feline friend rolling around in pure bliss with their catnip toy, just remember – it’s all thanks to the magical powers of nepetalactone. Enjoy the show!

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