Is Catnip Basically Marijuana for Cats?

Dear Stoner: Everyone talks about dog breeding. Why not cats? Is it because they get used to getting high from catnip?
Catherine

Dear Catherine: About 17 million American households have more dogs than cats, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, but it’s not just the numbers. A cat will not stand in front of a filthy owner blowing smoke in her face as an obedient dog does, and dogs are more likely to eat food left around the house than cats. Despite the disparities, cats have been in dens before, and information is readily available on what to do if this happens: call a vet and observe their behaviour, basically.

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Don’t go to PetSmart the next time you run out of pot: Catnip doesn’t affect humans in the same way.

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Weed is very potent and may be toxic to cats, but catnip feels like the cat’s version of weed. According to pet news site Daily Paws, catnip “affects a cat’s brain when it is inhaled or eaten” and may cause “happy” and “soft” chemical responses in their brains. Add in snacks, and to me that sounds a lot like a pre-dinner communal session. However, don’t go to PetSmart the next time you run out of pot: Catnip doesn’t affect humans in the same way, and users report feeling worse after smoking it.

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