Catnip is a leafy green herb that grows wild all over the world! It's a species of the mint family and contains an essential oil called Nepetalactone that drives cats crazy. Catnip toys can be great fun for both you and your cat, bringing both of you several minutes of entertainment.
A FEW FUN FACTS ABOUT CATNIP
INHALATION VS. INGESTION
Nepetalactone works by stimulating a cat's pleasure receptors in the brain resulting in several minutes of happy, playful activity when inhaled. The euphoria of catnip is just temporary though, with each feline frenzy lasting approximately 10-20 minutes after which they become uninterested in the toys until the effect wears off and he or she becomes susceptible again.
However, Catnip works more like a sedative when ingested. Keep in your mind it may cause stomach discomfort or vomiting if they ingest too much, so only administer in small amounts if giving by mouth.