If you happen to be a cat owner, having a small bag of catnip in your home means something very different from what most people would think. It’s that very magical dust that turns domestic felines into wild jungle cats as soon as they get a whiff of it, and melts them into a motionless puddle of furr if they lick it up. Enter the wondrous world of catnip, and the stoned kitties who can’t get enough of it.
The name ‘catnip’ is actually derived from nepeta cataria, which is an herb closely related to mint.
The plant itself, whether freshly grown or dried for various commercial purposes, secretes a chemical compound called nepetalactone and that triggers a response from cats’ pheromone receptors – in other words, it then makes them lose their minds when they smell it.
When the plant is actually ingested, it can produce the opposite effect by sedating the cat. Each and every cat reacts differently to the magical herb, with some showing outright immunity to its powers.
Check out the list just below of cats who went on a serious ‘nip trip’ below, and just wish that you were on their level of ecstasy right now.
#1 Kitteh’s 1st Time On The CatNip
#2 Look Who Found The Catnip While I Was Out
#3 My Cat Felix, High Off His Ass On Catnip
#4 Our Cat Gets High On Catnip, Then Sits On The Couch And Watches Family Guy For Hours. I Walked In On Her Like This
#5 Catnip, Not Even Once
#6 Catnip Catnap
#7 Catnip + Cat Pole: Awkward Family Situation (Mother And Son)
#8 So I Put Some Catnip In Our Food Dehydrator And Came To Find This
#9 My Wife’s Cat Likes To Get High On Nip And “Hang” Out In Bags Or He Meows Incessantly Until He Does
#10 Just My Cat Enjoying Some Catnip In The Sun. He Was Seriously Sleeping Like This
#11 Woke Up To This Disaster This Morning And Now The Cat Is High As Shit. I Ain’t Even Mad
#12 The Cat That Found The Stash
#13 When The Catnip Kicks In
#14 Every Time I Get Catnip
#15 My Sister Decided To Give Her Cat Some Catnip
#16 Meet Bynx: She Can’t Handle Her Catnip
#17 Chewy Found Where The Catnip Was Being Grown. This Is Him Sitting In The Planter High As Heck
#18 While We Were Out, My Cat Wesley Found The Catnip Bag, Ripped It Open, And This Is What We Returned To
#19 I Introduced My Cat To Catnip Today
#20 My Kitten Found The Catnip Drawer And Immediately Had An Existential Crisis
#21 Spaghetti’s First Catnip Experience
#22 Forgot I Had Catnip Growing
#23 Here’s My Cat Refusing To Let Go Of Her Catnip Bottle
#24 Cat Tree Came With Catnip. He Found The Catnip First
#25 Catnip Is One Hell Of A Drug
#26 My Cat Makes The Weirdest Faces On Catnip
#27 My Cat Is Either Really Happy… Or Really High On Catnip
#28 I Gave My Cat A Tupperware Full Of Catnip
#29 Cat Is Obsessed With A Catnip Stick
#30 Gave My Cat Some Catnip And Left The House, Came Back To This