If catnip has zero effect on your cat, honeysuckle wood may make a good option for her. The honeysuckle shrub's Lonicera tatarica species is a close match to catnip, although with slightly milder results.
A Lot Like Catnip
The scent of catnip (Nepeta cateria) makes many cats go into a giddy frenzy. When cats get a whiff of the herb, its essential oil nepetalactone often turns them into blissed out creatures with plenty of rubbing, kneading, licking, drooling, wrestling and rolling around. The chemical nepetalactone is believed to emulate pheromones that make cats feel happy. Despite the influence catnip has on many cats, not all of them react to it. Roughly 70 percent of all cats are susceptible to catnip's charms. Cats who react to catnip are thought to have hereditary sensitivities to it.
If your cat seems bored by her catnip toy, it may be time to consider honeysuckle wood instead. It's important to note that not all cats are affected by honeysuckle wood. Cats who are in the 30 percent minority of not loving catnip, however, are.
Honeysuckle Wood Shavings
Honeysuckle wood, like catnip, contains a natural chemical that makes cats go wild. This chemical is available in the shavings of Lonicera tatarica, which is also known as Tatarian honeysuckle. Pet toy manufacturers often insert honeysuckle wood sawdust or shavings inside cat toys. Honeysuckle wood toys are available at many pet supplies stores. Ask your veterinarian for safe and trustworthy suggestions.
Damp Honeysuckle Wood
You may try giving your cat pieces of damp honeysuckle wood to bring out its scent. Never give your cat honeysuckle wood or its shavings without first covering it in a fabric bag. Cats can choke on raw honeysuckle wood. Refrain from allowing your pet to put her mouth anywhere near raw honeysuckle wood.
The natural chemicals in Lonicera tatarica give off a smell that communicates to feline pheromone receptors. As a result, cats only react to honeysuckle wood once they've reached sexual maturity at 6 months old. Cats who have the genetic predisposition to react to honeysuckle do so regardless of whether or not they've been neutered or spayed.
Cats must never be given the seeds or berries of honeysuckle plants. They're toxic to cats. If your cat ever ingests these things, she may experience slight gastrointestinal distress such as diarrhea and vomiting. Notify your veterinarian immediately if you think your cat consumed them.