Some of the natural herbs that we commonly find attractive to cats are Polygonum, catnip and cat grass. All three of these seem to be popular with cats. So what is the difference between the three of them? This blog will briefly explain the differences between these three herbs.
Catnip is an erect perennial herb of the genus Thorn-bush. Its stems and leaves contain a component called "thorny endophyte". This ingredient puts the feline into a state of euphoria and relaxation. It is not known to cause side effects when given to cats in small quantities. For cats living indoors for long periods of time, catnip is a great natural stress-relieving, recreational herbal food. Approximately 60-75% of cats respond to catnip in a euphoric manner. Kittens and some adult cats are not interested in the smell of catnip.
Unlike catnip, polygonum will be enjoyed by almost 90% of cats! The branches, leaves and fruits of Polygonum contain "kiwi alkaloids". This is a stimulating ingredient for cats. In addition to this, cats regularly chew on Polygonum to inhibit oral bacteria and clean their teeth. However, it is important not to keep giving your cat more and more just because they are not interested in it. This can lead to discomfort for your cat.
The cat grass seeds we can buy are usually wheat or barley seeds, but some are also oat seeds. The plant fiber in cat grass helps to remove hairballs from the intestinal tract. Of course, there are some cats that do not like cat grass. If your cat does not like cat grass you can try straw, bermudagrass, rough dog's tail and quinoa.
Cat grass is fresh, living plant. Catnip is generally a plant chip or powder. Polygonum can be made into a variety of cat toys for cats to play with and gnaw on. Please choose the herbal food that suits your cat's preference.