Valerian Instead of Catnip

Catnip’s active ingredient is nepetalactone, which can cause your cat to drool, roll around, meow, rub, and act playful when inhaled.

In others, it can cause the opposite effect and make a cat mellow and sleepy.

However, catnip has no effect on about 20-30% of cats.

If you have a cat that doesn’t enjoy catnip, an alternative that can elicit the same kind of reaction is valerian root.

Humans have used valerian root throughout history for helping with anxiety and insomnia;

However, it does not have the same calming effect on felines.

The herb contains a compound called actinidine, a feline stimulant similar to nepetalacton—and can be found in cat toys or sprinkled on top of food.

Like catnip, valerian root affects cats differently—some may not respond at all.

It’s important to note that it can make cats more aggressive.

So keep an eye on your four-legged friend the first few times you offer it to them.

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