Our fan-favorite From the Field catnip products are ready to rock your favorite feline's world! The benefits are endless, and we want to share all of our knowledge to help find you the purrfect catnip fit.
What Is Catnip?
Catnip is an easy-to-grow herb where the aerial parts are the main focus when used for your cats or in natural remedies. Most of us know catnip as the euphoric plant that makes our cats roll around, act crazy, and break out into zoomies through the house. Catnip is way more than just that. Nepeta cataria is the genus name which grows with a square stem belonging to the mint family, with heart-shaped leaves and small white to light pink flowers on a spike which is an excellent food for our pollinators. For dogs and people, when catnip is made into tea, it has a calming effect and a light flavor that seems contradictory to its aromatic scent known to our olfactory receptors.
The Pet Beastro Catnip Corner
The Pet Beastro offers various options for your feline friends at our retail location in Madison Heights, Michigan. Catnip toys are a great way to get your sedentary kitty up and about with some exercise. You can also use catnip to lead your cat to scratch posts or cardboard scratchers if they are scratching inappropriate places as you use it as a training aid: couches, carpet, rugs, etc. Typically at the end of catnip play, your cat is relaxed and ready for a nap. There are no contraindications when using catnip with felines.
About From the Field Fresh Catnip Company
One of our favorite catnip harvesters and providers at The Pet Beastro is From the Field. All From the Field catnip is distributed with only the most recent crop harvested THAT year. No sitting around in a warehouse going stale! The company wanted to protect the planet, so their toys are made with hemp, wood, and cork. From the Field has been growing catnip for 20 years, so they have found the best times to harvest when the plants are at full maturity so that they are packed with essential oils and blooms. They have also created a few different blends that include Silver Vine and/or Valerian root to play with combinations of potency and relaxation components.
Components of Catnip
Catnip is an herbal member of the mint family that contains a compound called Nepetalactone, similar to the pheromone produced in the cat's urine and found in the plant's leaves, stems, and seeds. The Vomeronasal gland in their mouths is used to analyze this pheromone so that cats can identify one another. This is why our cats react hormonally when exposed to catnip. If your kitty is not a fan, they may be part of the roughly 15% of cats that don't respond to catnip. Cats younger than six months old rarely react to catnip.
What is Silver Vine?
Silver Vine is a part of the kiwi family and is called Matatabi. Silver Vine contains a similar naturally occurring cat stimulant called Actinidine and the same compound (Nepetalactone) as in catnip. Because of this, roughly 70% of cats that do not have reactions to catnip will react to Silver Vine. When exposed to Silver Vine, you may find your cat rolling, scenting, drooling, cheek rubbing, or even meowing.
What is Valerian?
Valerian is a flowering plant with calming properties and is often found in herbal formulas to help sleep and stress. Valerian increases the amount of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. The GABA compound is a neurotransmitter that inhibits unwanted nervous system activities. This makes falling asleep faster and gives your sleep more quality each night. Valerian is an attractive plant as the flowers are tiny white lace cluster flowers with a sweet scent. Most often, the root part of the plant is used for remedies and cat toys. The root part of the plant is most referred to as smelling like dirty socks.
From The Field Catnip Options
- Bae The Hemp Body Pillow
- Bella's Blissful Hemp Pillow
- Frank The Hemp Fish
- Shelby The Hemp Mouse
- Oscar De La Bird
- Silver Vine Sticks – Great for our kitty's dental health
- The Ultimate Blend – Fan favorite mix between catnip and Silver Vine
- Leaf and Flower Catnip
- Whole Catnip Buds
- Herbal Blend MX – Safe blend of catnip and Valerian root
If you aren’t sure if catnip is suitable for your cat, many of our staff members have felines at home and use catnip. We are happy to give ideas, tips, and tricks to get your cat involved with enjoying toys or loose leaf nip. Planting catnip in your yard, garden, landscape, or porch pots can provide your kitty with fresh nip if that’s what they prefer. Having it in your yard also help with repelling pests such as fleas, ticks, mosquitos, and mites. Plus, it is an excellent food for bees! Shop all our catnip options in our Madison Heights, Michigan store or 24/7 online at our natural pet food, treats, toys, and supply store.