Cats Are Crazy for Catnip: Our 5 Favorite Products for Your Purfect Pal

Posted by Christy Caplan
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Cats love catnip! One of our cat-loving writers grows catnip on her windowsill which is very DIY but we researched products tested by a number of "office felines" and these five easily made our short list. As far as the types of products, there are dried catnips and sprays.

But does catnip actually work? Is it safe? What are the side effects?

According to ScienceDirect.com, 

"Responsiveness is mainly based on "active" behaviors, such as rolling over. Results indicated that about 20% of the cats (adults and juvenile only) displayed active behaviors (i.e. rolling over), whereas 80% displayed passive responses at any age (sphinx-like position, decreased frequency in vocalizations, and decreased motor activity). These results suggest that all cats respond to catnip but they express it actively, passively or with a combination of both types of responses."

Is catnip an herb? 

Catnip is a weed that's native to Europe, Asia, and Africa, the plant was brought to North America by settlers. Yes, you heard us right... it's a weed! 

Wirecutter tells us catnip (Nepeta cataria) is an herb, 

"Catnip is a member of the mint family, and cats react to a molecule in the essential oils from the plant." 

How does it work? 

This perennial herb has a chemical compound that attracts and affects cats called nepetalactone. This chemical acts as a sedative, but when smelled, cats go crazy! 

You might see your cat sniffing, licking, chewing & drooling, purring, chin & cheek rubbing. Fun Fact: catnip doesn't have any impact on kittens until they're six months old.

So catnip is natural and you can even grow it yourself! Why go through all that trouble when you don't have to. After research with our feline friends, these are the top products they'll want to roll around in.

1. Cat Crack Catnip, Premium Blend Safe for Cats

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Sprinkle any amount, and watch your kitty's favorite toy, bed or scratch post, and watch them purr, roll, meow and play for hours! This quality catnip is available for $9.97. 

2. SmartyKat Organic Catnip

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This catnip is 100% certified organic and is safe, pure & potent without chemicals, pesticides or fillers. You can shake or pour it over the best catnip toys or bedding. A 2-ounce canister is $4.98. 

3. Catnip Spray Rejuvenator

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This training tool is great for cat beds and scratching posts. It's made with Catnip essential oil and water. One unit (1.6 ounces) is $6.99. 

4. Yeowww Catnip Bags

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This brand is made from pure premium flower top blend! And it says it packs a punch even for older cats. So these cat treats are for all felines of every age and are a potent catnip product. A two-ounce tub is available for $6.09. 

5. Our Pets Premium North- American Grown Cosmic Catnip

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Sprinkle this on toys to redirect any destructive behavior. A 1.25-ounce jar is available for $1.25. 

A close runner-up is the Kong Naturals Catnip Spray!

Does your cat have a fave catnip brand? Please leave us a comment below!

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Cats Are Crazy for Catnip: Our 5 Favorite Products for Your Purfect Pal