About 80% of adult cats (including many kinds of wild cats!) react to this intoxicating herb. The catnip reaction is inherited, and some cats are totally unaffected by it, but when they do react – YEOWWW!
If you’ve never seen a cat respond to catnip, you’re in for quite a show. Licking, tumbling around, ’bunnykicking,’ rubbing, and lots of slobbering that typically lasts for 10-15 crazy, exciting minutes. After that the cat mellows out, ’resetting’ itself before it indulges in another irresistible encounter of catnip bliss.
Catnip is an extremely safe herb for cats AND for humans!
To make sure that your cat gets the best reaction to catnip it is important that you don’t store catnip in the freezer. While it might preserve freshness of other herbs, the cold breaks down the oils containing nepetalactone which is what causes the reaction to catnip.