Silvervine for cats – Is it addictive? Or catnip with superpowers?

Catnip (Nepeta) is a collective name for more than 200 plants from the lipflower family. The plant has lavender blue flowers and exudes a menthol-like scent. The plant grows naturally in Europe, Asia and Africa. The plant contains substances to which many felines react extremely.

Nepetalactone, the cause of the typical catnip symptoms, has a mild hallucinogenic effect. The plant produces this substance to defend against insects. It is assumed that nepetalactone has the same effect as pheromones.

Cats show different reactions when exposed to catnip and silvervine.

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