Do Ragdolls Like Catnip?

Do Ragdoll Cats like catnip?

By Jennie @ Ragdoll Cats World

August 3, 2022

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Catnip is a perennial herb in the mint family that has been used to treat upset stomachs, headaches and anxiety for centuries. Catnip also has a long history of being used as a relaxant and mild sedative for cats. But what about Ragdoll cats? Do they like catnip?

Catnip

What is catnip and what does it do?

Catnip, a member of the mint family, is a perennial herb that is native to Europe and Asia. The plant has small, white flowers and produces a pod-like fruit. When dried, the leaves and flowers can be used as a seasoning for food or as a tea.

Most people know about the phenomenon of catnip and how it drives cats wild. But what is it in catnip that causes this reaction? And how does it work?

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Catnip is also well known for its effects on cats. The active ingredient in catnip is nepetalactone, which is a chemical that reacts with cats’ sense of smell. When a cat smells nepetalactone, it triggers certain receptors in their brain that release dopamine, causing them to feel happy and excited. Some people believe that catnip can also be used to calm down hyperactive cats or to help them relieve stress. While the effects of catnip are temporary, they can last up to half an hour.

Cat on Catnip

Do all Ragdolls like catnip?

Not all cats are affected by catnip – around two-thirds of them are – but those that do react, let’s call them ‘nip-heads’, tend to get really excited.

The response to catnip is inherited, so if your cat doesn’t show any interest in catnip, it’s not because he or she doesn’t like it – it’s just because he or she isn’t sensitive to its effects. Younger cats and kittens do not seem to be as sensitive to catnip as older cats are. Most cats under 6 months old won’t have a reaction to it.

What are the benefits of giving your Ragdoll cat catnip?

One of the benefits of giving your Ragdoll cat catnip is that it can help to keep them calm and relaxed. Catnip can also be helpful in reducing stress levels, which is especially beneficial for cats that live in multi-cat households. Catnip can also be helpful in encouraging playfulness in cats, and can help to increase their overall energy levels.

Cat and catnip

Is catnip safe for cats?

Catnip is non-toxic and entirely safe for all cat breeds, and it has no side effects. The only danger to your cat is if they eat too much they may get an upset stomach.

 

Where to buy catnip for cats from?

Catnip can easily be found at most pet stores and online as well as some grocery stores and health food stores. It is typically sold in either loose or bagged form, and can also be found pre-packaged with toys for cats. A favorite toy of my Ragdoll is his catnip mouse – he goes wild for it! Prices for catnip vary depending on the store, but generally range from $3-$10 per package.

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In conclusion, it seems that Ragdoll cats do enjoy catnip. I’ve found that all of my Ragdoll cats have loved catnip!  However, not all cats react the same way to catnip, so it’s best to test whether or not your cat is interested in it. If your Ragdoll cat is interested, then feel free to give them some catnip every now and then to keep them amused.

 

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Written by Jennie @ Ragdoll Cats World

I'm Jennie, the creator of Ragdoll Cats World. I have been owned and loved by Ragdoll Cats for almost twenty years after getting my first Ragdoll kittens, Huey and Choo-Choo back in 2003. They lived to the grand old age of 18 and 17 and they even made the move from London to Australia with me! We now have two Ragdoll cats, Violet and Ocean, and a Maine Coon cat named Eddie, and we love sharing our knowledge of all things related to Ragdoll Cats with you at Ragdoll Cats World!

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