Catnip Repels Insects

When your kitty friend gets a whiff of catnip, it’s like a ticket to the ‘happy place!” Catnip can work its magic on your kitty in various ways when sniffed or nibbled. 

Catnip as a Garden Design

Catnip is a plant, also known as Nepeta cataria, and a member of the mint family. The plant grows wild worldwide and can be identified by its heart-shaped leaves, stems with fine green hairs, and white and purple flowers. The stems and leaves of the catnip plant contains nepetalactone, which is the chemical that makes cats react so strongly to it. The active component of catnip (Nepeta cataria) repels insects by triggering a chemical receptor that spurs sensations such as pain or itch.

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