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 2014 년 6 월 29 일에 제이미 |
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If you've ever seen a cat go wild as if possessed, then chances are they were probably under the influence of catnip. Catnip is also known as catmint, catwort and field balm - whatever you call it, it has the power to make even the most docile or grumpiest of cats awash with total happiness and bliss - plus it's pretty amusing to witness!

What is catnip?

First off, catnip is not a drug. Rather, it's part of the mint family, which boasts 250 species. It originally came from Europe and Asia and it was always destined to be loved by cats as it's derived from the Latin word 'cataria' meaning 'of a cat.' Essentially when the leaves of the plant are broken a chemical and essential oil called nepetalactone is released which many cats seem to respond to in a very, very positive way.

Why do cats love it?

It's a bit of a myth to say that all cats love catnip. The reality is around half of all cats don't respond at all to it. It's an inherited trait, so not all cats end up with the catnip-loving gene. If you're unsure whether you have a catnip lover on your hands, you'll know by six months of age. Kittens and older cats don't respond either to it's minty goodness. Interestingly, it's not only domestic cats that can fall under the spell of catnip - big cats like lions easily succumb to catnip's powers. We wonder if keeping some catnip in your pocket would help if you came face to face with a lion out in the wild? Essentially, what happens is the chemical nepatalactone mimics a cat's pheromones causing a surge in a cat's brain that makes them want to rub up against the smell. And boy, do they go wild…

 

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Some typical reactions include:

    •    Eat, lick, roll around or sniff the catnip
    •    Rubbing themselves against the catnip
    •    Playing with the catnip
    •    Generally acting bizarrely
    •    Rolling and flipping
    •    Meowing or growling
    •    Hyperactivity
    •    Agression

It is possible for cats to overdose on catnip which can lead to vomiting or diarrhea. If they've had a bit too much catnip they might also be unresponsive, twitch, make random noises or excessively drool. It that's the case, remove them from the catnip - but don't worry, catnip wears off in around 15 minutes and cats do return to their normal selves.

These above reactions are all caused when a cat sniffs catnip, however, if they end up eating the catnip they may in fact become very mellow and sedate.

Is it safe?

개박하는 믿을 수 없을 정도로 안전하며 고양이의 건강에 위협이되지 않습니다. 고양이가 중독 될 수도 없습니다. 그러나 위에서 언급했듯이 고양이가 자주 사용하는 사용자가되면 설사가 발생할 수 있으므로 액세스가 제한 될 수 있습니다.

 

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How can it be used?

Once you've witnessed what a powerful effect catnip can have on your feline - you'll soon realise that you can use it to your advantage as a trusty training tool. If you want to curb any naughty behaviours or entice your cat to use something like a new bed, a sprinkle of catnip can go a long way. Similarly, you can also make bored kitties entertained by making simple catnip flavoured toys  - try sprinkling an old sock with a bit of catnip.

말린 개박하는 일반적으로 그다지 강하지 않은 스프레이 형태의 개똥 벌레보다 고양이가 더 효과적이고 즐겁다는 것을 알아 두는 것이 중요합니다. 당신은 또한 당신의 정원에서 일부를 재배하는 것을 고려할 수 있습니다, 그래서 당신은 재료의 거의 일정한 공급을 가지고 있습니다.

당신이 사용하지 않고있는 건조한 개박하는 효능을 유지하기 위해 냉동실에 보관해야합니다.

Can humans use it?

고양이에게 인기가 있음에도 불구하고, 개박하는 또한 인간에게도 매우 유용 할 수 있습니다. 개박하는 카모마일과 비슷한 성질을 가지므로 진정 효과를주기 위해 차로 만들 수 있습니다.
It can also be used to help sooth ailments like:
    •    Mosquito bites
    •    Upset stomachs
    • 두통
    •    Coughing
    •    Insomnia
    •    Muscle aches and pains
    •    Chills
    •    Haemorrhoids
    •    Toothache

It can be used as a:
    •    Anaesthetic
    •    Anitbiotic
    • 항 류마티스
    •    Antispasmodic
    •    Astringent
    •    Diuretic

Please note, pregnant women should completely avoid catnip as it can induce uterine contractions.


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