What makes cats engage in catnip is the
crushed leaves which release a special oil. It
triggers a pleasure in the cat's brain and that
is what gives a catnip high. If the cat is a kitten,
there is no effect until 4 to 8 months of age.
Reaction from catnip excitement can lead to relaxation,
anxiety, soothing, and relieving some digestive problems.
Catnip toys are a good way for an overweight cat to
engage in exercise.
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