The specific effects of Valerian grass on cats have long been noticed. Many have even tested it on their pets and are surprised at their strange behavior. Why do cats love valerian, and does this plant have the same effect on everyone?
The action of valerian on a cat
For such a strange effect on the psyche of an animal, valerian is called cat grass. And this is not surprising, since not a single animal reacts to it as cats do.
This medicinal plant is rich in essential oils. Their effect has a calming effect on people and is used for nervous agitation, insomnia. The most popular forms of valerian-based medicines are alcohol tincture and tablets.
Otherwise, cats react to valerian. The smell of cat grass makes them uncontrollable, it excites the nervous system of the animal. As a result, the owner can observe how the cat begins:
- ride on the floor
- run around the rooms
- experience hallucinations.
The state of a cat under the intoxicating effect of valerian is similar to alcohol intoxication when the world around is not perceived adequately. More often this happens from the use of drugs for alcohol. It exacerbates the effect of grass and causes instant dependence on the pet. Therefore, cats love valerian.
Of course, for humans, the dose of alcohol in valerian is negligible, but for a small animal it can be fatal. The use of tincture of grass causes instant excitement of the cat's nervous system, followed by inhibition. During this period, the animal can sleep for a long time. Such jumps can lead to loosening of the nervous system. Therefore, it is not necessary to give the cat a valerian for alcohol without need at all.
In addition to the mentioned essential oils, feline grass contains a substance - pheromone, which is identical to that found in adult fluffy individuals in urine. This is the second reason why the cat loves the smell of valerian. Contact with the plant, its smell entail changes in the level of hormonal and emotional perception, artificially inducing the pet to enter the state of sexual hunting. They are simply intoxicated with valerian and therefore they like it.
Should I give valerian to a cat?
Some owners of fun occasionally indulge fluffy pets with valerian. Someone even tries to manipulate the animal with this plant. For example, accustoms to a scratching post. But few people think that cats after valerian become addicted and addiction occurs the first time.
Strange behavior appears in the pet immediately after inhaling the aromas of the plant. Expanding pupils and inappropriate behavior leads to the conclusion that valerian for a cat is like a dose of alcohol or a drug. The animal likes it, but it is addictive.
If the owner is often fond of such entertainment, not thinking about the consequences, then we list what can happen to the cat. An animal dependent on such a means becomes:
- the coat becomes pale.
Instant pleasure is remembered quickly, and the pet will beg for a valerian to try it again. And an overdose in the end can even lead to the death of the animal.
However, there is another side to this drug - the positive. Its action relieves spasms of the gastrointestinal tract, and the veterinarian can prescribe valerian in meager doses for medicinal purposes. In this case, you must strictly follow the doctor's recommendations and not violate the schedule of admission, dosage.
The reaction of cats to valerian can be divided into several stages:
- excitement in any form: from playfulness to aggression,
- prolonged sleep
- lethargic behavior, feeling of depression and apathy.
There is no single answer to the question why cats like valerian. Their behavior is due to the presence of certain odors in this grass, which are acutely perceived by them. Some veterinarians are inclined to believe that valerian causes alcohol or drug addiction, others associate with the presence of odors similar to pheromones of individuals of the opposite sex. This causes sexual arousal of the animal and awakens its natural instincts. That is why cats love valerian more than cats.
Do all cats love valerian?
Studies have shown that not all felids are so susceptible to the smell of this herb. Cats react to valerian less exacerbated.
They are not at all interested in the aroma of the plant of kittens, probably because of their age. Until they reach puberty, their sense of smell does not yet perceive the smell of those essential oils that are exciting on adults.
It is noted that some breeds of cats are not at all interested in valerian, for example, Siamese. However, you do not need to put experiments on your pet and find out, since its effect on the cat's body is difficult to foresee. Perhaps she will react with allergic reactions or even severe poisoning to the components of the plant.
Giving or not giving your pet valerian, the owner decides, but still this plant has a specific effect on cats. Many cats love valerian at the level of instant addiction and dependence on its intoxicating smell. And the alcohol contained in the tincture of the herb adversely affects the body of the animal. Note that tablets are no less harmful..
If you still want to pamper the lover of valerian, then buy him toys treated with essential oils of this herb. They will not harm his health.