Does your feline roam for days on end and come back to you thin as a twig? Scared that he/she may get into a fight? Maybe a catflap is not for your home. However, you are not completely at a loss. Let’s say you love your catflap, you want your kitty companion to have the opportunity to go in and out of the dwelling as often as they please. Continue reading to learn the positives and negatives of a simple yet dangerous solution.
First, let’s answer the question of ‘What the heck is catnip?’. Great question! We are glad you asked (big smile). Catnip is an herb that occurs naturally in Europe, parts of Asia, and Northern Africa. You can also buy catnip at Petco, Amazon, or any local herbal shop.
Next, what are the benefits of catnip. The good thing is, catnip is great for our feline friends and us. For cats, catnip is similar to the human pheromone. The strong aroma catnip exudes is what attracts cats the most. This is a great solution for those furry partners who cannot get enough adventure time outside of the house. Catnip is safe for cat consumption and you can even buy toys that are infused with catnip. For humans, if you choose to grow catnip yourself, you can brew the herb as a tea and experience calming affects, headache relief, anti-inflammatory benefits, and more.
Now consider these potentially harmful effects. While your cat won’t go crazy enough to scratch up your pool deck and patio, they can get very destructive. To make matters worse, your kitty doors are normally two-way, and other cats, particular strays, can make their way in and can be very difficult to remove. You may consider locking your catnip, and items infused with it, somewhere air tight that a curious cat cannot smell or get to it. Your cat may also begin to exhibit atypical behaviors and could even become more aggressive. This is due to the chemical effects catnip has on cats. We recommend giving your cat space after they have … Continue reading