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Options For Cats Who Don’t Vibe With Catnip

He doesn’t have to miss out 🌿

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Most cats go crazy for catnip — but for some reason, not yours.

But that doesn’t mean your BFF has to miss out on that euphoric feeling!

The Dodo spoke with Dr. Vanessa Spano, a veterinarian at Behavior Vets in New York City, who explained that there are actually catnip alternatives that your cat might vibe with instead.

And turns out, if your cat isn’t obsessed with catnip, he’s not alone.

“Which individual feline responds in this way to catnip actually has genetic origin, as about 25 percent or more of domesticated felines will not respond,” Dr. Spano told The Dodo.

According to Dr. Spano, if your cat falls into that category, he can try alternatives like silvervine, valerian, or Tatarian honeysuckle.

It might just take some trial and error to find out what kind your cat likes.

“Unfortunately, there is no way to predict ahead of time whether or not your feline will respond to catnip or [an alternative],” Dr. Spano said. “But just because a cat may not respond to one of the products above does not mean he will not respond to the others!”

The Dodo rounded up a bunch of catnip alternatives for your cat to try.

WoLover Silvervine Sticks
Your cat will love chewing on these sticks.
Refillable Mouse Toy With Valerian Root
You can get this toy with other catnip alternatives, too.
Tatarian Honeysuckle Fine Wood Chips
You wouldn't want to sprinkle this on your cat's food, but it's great for filling toys.
Catnip Alternative Variety Box
Can't decide on a catnip alternative? This box gives you tons to choose from.
Meowy Janes Silvervine Powder
Sprinkle this powder on your cat's food and he'll go nuts.
Meowy Janes Valerian Root Powder
There's a valerian root option, too!
From The Field Silvervine Cat Toy
Your cat will be batting at this silver vine toy all day.
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