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What is catnip used for cats

Catnip is a herb that promotes health and relaxation for cats, and many cats enjoy the effects of catnip for the same reasons we do.

Catnip is a member of the mint family. It is used to make sweets and teas that are consumed by humans to relieve nausea and as a relaxant. Catnip is also used externally to calm and relax cats.

The plant contains a chemical called nepetalactone that can trigger a response in cats. Cats rub their noses in the plant to stimulate the release of the chemical. Cats then rub the plant on their fur to rub it on the skin and have a relaxing effect.

The most common use of catnip for cats is to calm and relax them when they are feeling anxious.

While catnip does have much the same effect on humans as it does on cats, there are some differences in how it affects cats and humans.

Animal studies suggest that catnip has a calming effect on cats. Research indicates that cats may be more sensitive to nepetalactone than humans are.

In animal studies, the relaxing effect of catnip was confirmed in cats. The substance in catnip that produces this effect is called nepetalactone.

While catnip has been shown to have a calming effect on cats, it is not known whether it has the same effect on people. It is not known if nepetalactone has the same effect on people as it does on cats.

In animal studies, catnip did not have any effect on the heart rate of cats.

Animal studies have shown that catnip has little to no effect on the heart rate of healthy adult cats.

Catnip is part of the mint family. It contains a chemical called nepetalactone. This chemical has a calming effect in cats, but it is not known if the same chemical in catnip has the same effect on people.

Epidemiological studies have been done in humans that show catnip has little to no effect on humans.

In a study of humans that were given either catnip or a placebo, no difference was found in the heart rate in healthy adults.

While catnip is not known to have any effect on the heart rate of healthy adults, it may have a calming effect on some cats.

Does catnip have any side effects?

Some cats may exhibit adverse effects when they receive catnip. These symptoms may include:

Behavioral symptoms: Behavioral changes, including excessive meowing or crying, may occur in cats that receive catnip.

Behavioral changes, including excessive meowing or crying, may occur in cats that receive catnip.

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While some sources do list catnip as "toxic" to cats, including the ASPCA Poison Control site, "toxic" in this case does not refer to making a cat dangerously ill. Just about anything, if ingested in large enough amounts, can cause toxicity signs. Catnip can cause mild self-limiting vomiting or diarrhea, but only if large amounts are ingested. Read more

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