One way to give your cat some “pawsitive” reinforcement is with catnip treats. When catnip is sniffed, a majority of cats respond — some don’t due to genetics — by experiencing a mild and short “high” (approximately 10 minutes). You’ll notice your cat exhibiting behaviors like rubbing their head or body, rolling, vocalizing, and salivating — many of which are quite entertaining to watch! Don’t worry, these catnip effects are pleasurable for your cat. It’s believed that one of catnip’s oils, called nepetalactone, stimulates a sensory response in the brain similar to smelling another cat’s pheromones.
Since catnip is one of the few plants that are safe for cats, whip up these tasty treats as a reward for your cat’s good behavior.
Recipe inspired by Food.com. This article contains recipe information that is considered suitable for pets. However, it’s important to consult with your veterinarian before offering your pet any of the ingredients contained in this recipe.