Catnip is also known as Nepeta Cataria and it is a member of the mint family. It is also an aromatic perennial herb. Catnip is found in the high elevation deserts located in North America.


Catnip is known for it's behavioral effects that it can have on cats and kittens. It is more commonly noticed in domestic and

household cats, but wild cats such as cougars, bobcats, and lynx have been known to react to catnip in the wild.


It has a bitter and sharp taste that trigger's a cats behavior to change. However not all cats are affected by catnip. Catnip affects about two thirds of all cats. If your cat does not respond to catnip, it means that it inherited an autosomal dominant trait. The attraction to catnip is genetic. Just a small pinch of catnip may trigger a reaction to it and can change the cats behavior.


Catnip for your cat can be found at virtually any pet store and is not harmful to your cat. They can not be overdosed with catnip, and most cats realize when they have had enough catnip and they will walk away or refuse any offers.


Kittens that are younger than 8-9 weeks old are not reactive to catnip and it does not affect them, but once they mature, there is a chance that they will react to catnip.