Catnip Cat Toys
These fabulous toys are 100% filled with Catnip which means your cat will enjoy and be enticed to play with thes 100% fun toys!. They are super strong and durable and bound to last for hours and hours worth of cosmic cat fun!!
Fabulously aromatic fragrance that will lure any cat who loves cat nip
What is CatNip?
have you ever seen a cat play with a toy filled with catnip? If you have, you’ve probably seen some really funny feline antics.
Catnip is a fragrant plant from the mint family. Its scientific name is Nepeta cataria, and it’s sometimes called “catmint” or “catswort.” Native to Africa, Europe and Asia, catnip can now be found all over North America, too.
- There are more than 250 species of catnip around the world today.
- Catnip grows two to three feet tall and has sturdy stems with heart-shaped leaves.
- The tips of the plant’s stems will sprout blue, white, pink or purple flowers.
- Although catnip can have its effect when grown as a fresh plant, most catnip toys contain catnip that has been dried and ground into tiny pieces.
- The leaves and stems of the catnip plant contain an oil called “nepetalactone.”
Why do cats love catnip?
When cats smell nepetalactone, it stimulates special receptors that sense chemicals called “pheromones.” The result is a kind of chemical reaction that gives the cat a sense of euphoria or overwhelming happiness. The effect has been compared to that of a hallucinogenic drug on humans. When cats smell catnip, they will often paw at it, rub it, roll over it, lick it and even chew it. Cats who have particularly strong reactions to catnip may also get frisky, meow, growl, purr, drool and generally act crazy for several minutes! After a few minutes, though, the effect of the catnip wears off, and cats will ignore it.
After about two hours, cats may encounter catnip again and have the same reaction. Not all cats respond this way to catnip, though. Experts estimate about 50 to 75 percent of cats are affected by catnip. Young kittens and older cats are less likely to be affected. Whether a cat reacts to catnip is believed to be hereditary, which means cats inherit this trait from their parents. For example, most Australian cats aren’t affected by catnip.
Catnip has been shown to affect more than just house cats. Big cats, such as lions, tigers and leopards, react similarly to house cats when exposed to catnip. Nepetalactone drives some cats crazy, but it can also drive mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches and termites away. Researchers have found that nepetalactone by itself is 10 times more effective than DEET, the ingredient in most insect repellents. Unfortunately, nepetalactone loses its repellent qualities when applied to the skin.
Catnip also has a long history of use by humans as a medicine. When consumed as a tea or infusion, it has soothing and numbing effects that act like a mild sedative. Humans have also used it from time to time to treat nausea, headaches and toothaches.
Importance of cat play and cat toys
Cat Play is the indoor cat’s way to hunt!
Even though it may seem like your cat sleeps most of the day, most cat parents will bet that you have been woken up by a loud noise at least once at 2 a.m. that was caused by your furry family member running around the house and getting into “trouble”.
Well the “trouble” that they are getting into could actually be their way of exercising their hunting instinct.
Cats sleep most of the day, about 16 hours, but when they are awake they need to move around and exercise. In the wild, cats get their physical exercise from hunting. Inside cats receive their exercise from playing with toys that simulate prey that would normally be found in the wild. Play provides more than just exercise because it also relieves anxiety, stress, and boredom. When indoor cats do not have toys to play with, that is when they supplement their playful instincts with anything they can find around the house; curtains, toes, shoe laces, etc. So when your cat is attacking everything they can get their paws on, they may just be looking for an outlet for their natural hunting instincts.
This is why play is so important.
Physical activity from play acts as a workout, keeping cats physically fit and enriches the pet’s quality of life and fosters a healthy relationship between the pet and their parents by alleviating what can be described as destructive behavior.
There are many types of toys for different types of play, each appealing to a different styles and preferences that cats have. There are toys that replicate the sound of wild prey like mice, toys that look like prey, toys that have appealing textures that cats love, as well as toys that have a scent that encourages cats to play like catnip. Movement of the toy is also very important for cats. Cats can see much quicker movement than humans can, so toys that have erratic movement can really entice your cat. Random movement is also very important for cats. This makes play fun and unpredictable, keeping cats engaged in play and preventing boredom.
So when you are at the pet store or shopping around online for your furry little hunter, please keep these points in mind when choosing a toy for your cat. The type of toy you choose matters. Happy hunting!