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We had our first experience with catnip last week! I never really understood what it was other than a natural herb for cats. The first thing I learned was that catnip is in the same herb family as mint. It was imported from Europe and now grows here in North America. The reaction causes a cat to become excited and then more relaxed. The chemical in the scent is what give them this reaction called nepetalactone. Some cats can be affected by catnip while others aren’t!
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