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post #1 of 16
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Why do cats roll in catnip? Oscar eats it then all of a sudden falls over and starts rolling in it and making noises. Just curious as to way they do it.

Thanks,
Courtney
post #2 of 16
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post #3 of 16
I don't know....I spent about 10 minutes earlier this morning trying to find an answer for WHY and couldn't. Lots of citations on WHAT, but nothing on WHY. Frankly, that may be one of those many unanswerable cat questions. But I'll stay tuned to your thread to see if anybody else knows.
post #4 of 16
That's an interesting question. I've always wondered about catnip...with my cats...Lucky doesn't want to eat catnip....she just wants to rub it all over her face. Rambo meanwhile will eat it really really fast. They both seem to get trippy on it....

i just can't figure out how rubbing it all over your face works....

anyone else curious about catnip?
post #5 of 16
Hmmm, I think that's right up there with "Why do dogs love to roll in unmentionable substances?" At least cats have better taste! I've always just put it down to the smell just being so intoxicating to them that they just want it all over them.

Cindy
post #6 of 16
Not sure if this was the kind of answer you were looking for:

A member of the herbal mint family, catnip (Nepeta Cataria) is a completely harmless treat for your cat. It is also a beautiful herb to grow in your garden or a patio pot.

Initially catnip produces a hyperactive playful state in cats which can last from just a few minutes up to half an hour. After this burst of excited activity, it acts as a calming sedative for many hours afterward with most cats napping or lazing about peacefully.

The chemical nepetalactone, present in catnip stem and leaves, is what affects cat behavior. The odor is much more attractive to cats when the plant parts are damaged, so rough it up a bit or they may turn up their noses at the fresh stuff.

Many cats that are responsive do not begin to react to catnip until out of their kitten stage or until a few years old. So, if your offerings have been greeted with an upturned disdainful nose, try again.
post #7 of 16
The chemical nepetalactone resembles the smell of female cat urine to the male cats. This is why cats roll in dried catnip, just like when they encounter the smell outside they will roll in it if it is on the ground, or if on the bushes they will spray over the scent trying to overpower it- That chemical is also why some cats become aggressive when they encounter it, and why some cats (usually female) do not even respond to catnip much at all.
post #8 of 16
Mine both roll and eat ...
post #9 of 16
My two aren't even three months old yet and both love the catnip drops I got for them. Alfie eats his normaly, but Max will pick it up and roll onto his back to eat it! The they both run around like loons for a while
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by hissy
The chemical nepetalactone resembles the smell of female cat urine to the male cats. This is why cats roll in dried catnip, just like when they encounter the smell outside they will roll in it if it is on the ground, or if on the bushes they will spray over the scent trying to overpower it- That chemical is also why some cats become aggressive when they encounter it, and why some cats (usually female) do not even respond to catnip much at all.
Thanks for the clarification!

My cat at my mums house Candy, (female) has never bothered with catnip, yet my Guinness, (male) turns into a right looney!
post #11 of 16
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Thanks!





Courtney
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Gilly
Thanks for the clarification!

My cat at my mums house Candy, (female) has never bothered with catnip, yet my Guinness, (male) turns into a right looney!
I've got the same thing going on. My (female) cat Smokie looks at my boyfriend's (male) cat like he is c-r-a-z-y when he's rubbing, rolling and drooling all over his catnip!! She'll go sniff it, but never bothers with it. I wish she did, I have someone here at work that grows fresh stuff!
post #13 of 16
In this picture i had to wash the rug straight after they'd finished with the catnip because Rosie loves to roll around in it, but Sophie gets it all over her face, but she has the spot where the catnips been soaked!.

post #14 of 16
I just discovered something at my local petstore that will make your female cats go crazy (and your males too) just like with catnip. It's honeysuckle (in this case inside a mouse). My cats went crazy...rambo was biting and throwing the mouse and rabbit kicking it, Lucky was rolling all over it and also attacking. They LOVED it!!!

Also they told me that the smell won't fade like catnip, because all you have to do is wet it and let it dry and it will be as strong as ever! 2 thumbs up for honeysuckle mice!!!
post #15 of 16
We have a plotof fresh catnip in our backyard that I planted... I take a little thing of the top part and rub it all over a few of my cats toys, and they just go insane. The fresh stuff is too much for them though all at once, its too strong, but they love it on their toys. They like to play with the stems and leaves too, its really cute.

Both of mine get really fighty and playful when they eat catnip. most of the time after about five minutes they will both be locked together playing. Elliot gets a bi tmore bitey if I pet him when he has his "drugs" and aerowyn will bite and scratch harder. Then aerowyn will go off someplace to sleep, and elliot will sleep on the shelf next to me and purr for about an hour. His feet pads and nose and ears will be really warm after that.. its kind of cute.
post #16 of 16
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My mom's female cat PJ LOVES catnip! She goes wild!
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