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Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a perennial herb of the mint family. Although originally native to Europe, it has been successfully imported to many countries of the world where it is often considered to be a weed! The plant can grow as high as 3 feet, has lots of branches and can be recognized by its clusters of small white purple-spotted flowers at the ends of its stems.
Catnip contains various aromatic oils including one called nepetalactone, a mild hallucinogen.
When exposed to catnip some cats will rub (often with the chin and cheek areas), sniff, lick and eat the plant, sometimes followed by rolling over the plant. Following this contact with the catnip, behavioral changes are often seen. Most commonly reported signs of ‘intoxication' include having a ‘wild' or ‘drunken' appearance, vocalization, rolling around in ecstasy. Affected cats look like they are having a really good time!!
Original photography by Elena Nosyreva, digitally enhanced with textures.
© All copyrights reserved by Elena Nosyreva, 2013.
May 6th, 2013
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