Categories: catnip

Picture of Sphynx cat eating catnip is a shocker

Sphynx cat eating catnip is a shocker. Photo: Andrew Marttila

It makes you look carefully; a stange combination of a hairless cat and a tongue covered in catnip. In my experience domestic cats don’t really eat catnip when it is loose as we see in the photo. They lick it up and spit it out. This behavior is part of a package of odd behaviors caused by catnip. Cats may at first play with a catnip toy as if it is prey. Then they might rub against it ecstatically and behave like a female cat in heat. Many cats drool and lick the catnip. Bleach can have a similar reaction sometimes (see article below).

I have written a lot about catnip so I won’t repeat myself here. I have written too much I am sure. Here are some pages if you are interested:

Do cats like the smell of mint?

Do cats like the smell of mint is the question and the answer appears to be yes but there is ...
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FYI – the volatile metabolites in catnip that affects cats are insect repellents

It is universally known that catnip induces playful actions such as rolling on their backs and rubbing. Catnip affects both ...
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Why does my cat like bleach?

Bleach or sodium hypochlorite is also good for killing feline viruses! Some cats like the smell of bleach even though ...
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The reason why domestic cats stop playing with toys quickly

I feel that commercially manufactured cat toys tend to prove to be a failure too often. Cats are just not ...
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Is catnip safe for kittens?

Is catnip safe for kittens? There is no evidence to suggest that catnip is in anyway harmful to the brain ...
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Is it unethical to give your cat catnip?

Debra Merskin asks the question whether it is ethical to give your cat catnip. It might sound like a strange ...
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Crackhead cat sprawls into a pile of catnip and eats it

Crackhead: a person who habitually takes or is addicted to crack cocaine. For cats it means to really enjoy catnip ...
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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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