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What is catnip and what does it do to cats

You’ve probably heard that cats are crazy about catnip, but what is it? Catnip is a herb with a special scent that triggers the “happy centre” in your cat’s brain. Approximately 60% of cats react to catnip, and may display signs of happiness, affection, relaxation, or playfulness after smelling or eating catnip. It may even help reduce anxiety and relieve pain. The effects of catnip usually last for around 10 minutes. You can feed catnip to your cat directly, or put them in toys for them to play with. Grow your own catnip plant, or stock up on dried catnip. Store in an airtight container to maintain its freshness.

Cat grass provides digestive benefits

Cat grass is another option for kitties who love to nibble on plants. Unlike catnip, cat grass does not affect the behaviour of cats, but they are filled with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber to promote digestion and overall health. They can also help remove hairballs and soothe indigestion, so your cat may vomit after eating cat grass. However if your cat vomits every time after eating cat grass, you may want to consult a vet to see if there is any underlying issue. Be careful to keep your cat grass away from other household plants which are not safe for your cat to eat.

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