Q: Does anyone know why cats love catnip, but other animals it doesn't seem to affect?

March 4, 2009 | By William V. | 4 answers | Expired: 2075 days ago

William V.

I have always wondered why cats LOVE it, but other animals could care less. Is there anything out there that has that affect for dogs?

Readers' Answers (4)
C. S.

Mar 12, 2009

Well, when I say, "bye bye" or "treat", to my dogs, it produces the same effect as catnip on a cat, lol.

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christina p.

Mar 05, 2009

I wish my cat enjoyed catnip. So far, fresh or dried, all 3 cats I've owned couldn't care less :<
If anything, my dog has been more interested. I suppose it could be something about different animals ability to smell the chemicals.

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Mar 11, 2009

Interestingly enough the "susceptibility" to catnip is genetic. So there are some cats from whom catnip does nothing and others that it gets 'high as the proverbial kite'! To my knowledge no other animals besides the felines have the receptors that make them sensitive to catnip.

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