Sensitivity to Nepetalactone is an inherited trait,
and it's not just house cats that can have a reaction.
Even big, wild felines like tigers can be susceptible to it!
The fresh, as well as dried leaves of catnip may also be used to prepare a delicious and calming herbal tea.
Catnip tea has many benefits such as helping to treat insomnia and migraines. It is also a natural antacid plus, can help with other ailments such as diarrhea, muscle spasms, menstrual cramps and gas!
Catnip tea contains vitamins A, B and C, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus,
potassium, selenium and sodium.
To make catnip tea, add three teaspoons of the leaves to one cup of boiling water. Steep the tea for a few minutes. Or, combine dried catnip leaves with dried lemon balm and/or dried mint then,
add to your preferred black tea. Flavor with honey and/or lemon if you like also.
Super refreshing in the summer and warming and cozy in the winter!
As well as entertaining your kitty, catnip has a variety of other uses. Until the 13th century, catnip was a very common herb in the kitchen gardens in England.
The catnip (or catmint) leaves were used
to rub meats prior to cooking them.
In addition, catnip leaves were also sliced finely and sprinkled on salads. So, if you have a patch of catnip growing in your garden, cut a few leaves and add them to your salads for some extra tastiness.
You can also add freshly chopped or even dried out catnip leaves to stews, soups
How about baking some catnip treats
for your special feline?
Try our KittyWeed Tuna Crunchies recipe. Your kitty will purr with delight!
Catnip can be a fun and rewarding treat for both pet and owner - and a great bonding opportunity, too. As well, catnip can be used as a training tool to encourage your kitty to use the new scratching post or cozy cat bed you just purchased! Just sprinkle a bit of catnip on the post and in their bed.
Catnip builds confidence for some shy cats and can help take the cat's mind off of the stressful ride to the vet - or at least help to bring on a catnip snooze so he/she doesn't care anymore.
Catnip can also offer a happy distraction during cat-to-cat introductions and help the kitties associate positive experiences with meeting new cats, especially a new addition to the family!