Ever Wonder Why Cats Love Catnip So Much? Watch This!

Written by: Adri Sandoval
Adri Sandoval is the Special Projects Manager for iHeartDogs and iHeartCats. Her work has deepened her love for animals, fostering a strong passion for rescue and animal advocacy.Read more
| Published on September 19, 2015

When cats smell catnip, you’d notice their behavior changes. They may rub their heads and body on the herb, jump, roll and salivate which is similar to their behavior when they are in heat. This reaction only lasts for 10 minutes. But why do cats have this kind of reaction with catnip?

According to The Humane Society Of The United States, “The most intense catnip experience is an olfactory one—your cat smells the herb and promptly goes nuts. Researchers aren’t sure what the neurological explanation is, but it’s thought that catnip mimics feline “happy” pheromones and stimulates the receptors in the brain that respond to those pheromones. When eaten, however, catnip seems to have the opposite effect: the cat may become very mellow.”

In this video, it shows cats who have just had a dose of catnip happiness! Their reaction also made me dizzy and twirly and whatnot. Hahaha!

This effect do not apply to kittens until they are matured enough to be sexually active. Catnip is also not harmful and addictive so they can still be safe after having that kind of ecstasy! Share this amazing fact to your cat-lover friends! 😀