Catnip or catnip?

  Catnip or catnip?

Catnip or catnip?

Even if you don't have a tomcat at home, catnip necessarily speaks to you: these are the little pots in which very green and very straight stems grow, resembling a kind of fresh grass...that we almost want to bite! Exactly, that's what cats do! What about catnip? No, it's not the same plant!


The pots mentioned above that you find on sale at florists and garden centers are nothing but seeds of various cereals which have been sown densely: barley, oats, wheat, rye... They all offer very tender vegetation of about fifteen centimeters which your apartment cat will give the impression of loving. In reality, it serves him above all to purge himself of the hairs he swallows while grooming, a bit like an emetic. It is therefore integrated into the necessary and normal digestive process of the cat.

If you have a garden, you will not need it at all since the cat will replace this catnip with grass from your lawn, for example.

Catnip or catnip?

Catmint or Catnip

Catmint is also called catnip ( Nepeta cataria ), catmint or catnip. Like mint , this perennial belongs to the Lamiaceae botanical family. It grows wild in dry, limestone, rocky terrain, including in mountain areas. Unlike mint, it does not require moisture.

It can measure up to 30 cm high: its leaves are hairy, silvery green, arranged in opposite and aromatic pairs. The inflorescences form spikes composed of tubular flowers ranging from white to purple, very melliferous, which attract cats, but they do not eat it, they only smell it.

The organic compound, nepetalactone, which the plant contains acts on the cat's nervous system by triggering sex pheromones, a bit like a stimulant that would have hallucinatory effects. Your usually calm cat can go crazy for a quarter of an hour, it's a bit of a cat drug !

You can plant some in a corner of your garden, to please your cat: a cutting or layering are easy to make. Be careful, catnip can become a little invasive.

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