If you’ve ever seen a cat go crazy for catnip, you might be wondering what it is that makes them so excited. Catnip is an herb that gives cats a euphoric feeling and when they smell or taste it they get all “mad” with excitement. It’s not exactly clear why this happens but some scientists think the chemical nepetalactone in the plant may mimic feline pheromones and trigger a sexual response from cats who are genetically susceptible to its effects. This really only applies to domestic housecats though, because wild cats don’t react to catnip in the same way as domesticated ones.
1) Catnip is a plant that can induce euphoric feelings in cats
Cats and catnip go together like milk and cookies!
Cats are known for their love of chasing mice, but did you know that some cats also enjoy being chased by humans? Catnip is a plant with leaves that can cause euphoric feelings in felines. You’re probably wondering how this affects your furry little friend––well it’s not just the smell; they actually eat small amounts every day to maintain an ideal mood level all year long. Cats who have been deprived of catnips will show signs such as depression or aggression because when the active ingredient nepetalactone enters into contact with receptors in parts of the brain associated with responses to stimuli (i.e., smells), it will induce pleasurable sensations followed
2) Cats react to catnip by rolling around, rubbing against things, and jumping
The chemical nepetalactone in catnip causes cats to react by rolling around, rubbing against things, and jumping.
The reaction of a feline upon exposure to the plant-based compound known as “catnip” is not just limited to their typical behavior like meowing or eating. When exposed they will show signs typically associated with hyperactivity such as excessive licking one’s self and running back and forth from different surfaces on all fours before flopping onto it stomach for what appears be an intense nap. Some have even exhibited behaviors similar to mating including lip smacking noises that sound strikingly close the act itself when observed closely enough which can leave any bystander feeling rather uncomfortable about coming near them while this goes on
3) The effects of catnip last about 10 minutes for most cats
Catnip is a herb that cats love because it creates an euphoric experience. Cat owners also find the scent of catnip to be pleasant and enjoy planting this plant in their garden for their feline friends.
The effects of catnip last about 10 minutes for most cats, but some may get more into its high than others so your kitty might not feel any different until they’ve sniffed around all day! For other felines who are less enthusiastic or sensitive to the smell, you’ll notice them rolling over on top if something’s nearby like another animal with fur–or even just one without hair will do!–and then rubbing against it obsessively as if trying to mark territory from atop whatever poor creature happens along next