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Ever wondered if catnip is healthy and safe for cats? I found the answer here.
Cats are unique in their response to catnip, as cats have a special receptor for the catnip active ingredient, called Nepetalactone. The receptor is located in the cat's hard palate (roof of the mouth) and is called the vomeronasal organ.
Nepetalactone is not addictive or harmful for cats. The behavioral response can be very dramatic in some cats - rolling, licking, rubbing, drooling, jumping, running. Other cats appear to become very sedate after exposure.
Very young and senior cats do not respond as much, or at all to catnip. Additionally, the feline response to catnip is genetic; 10-30% of the cat population does not respond to catnip at all, at any age. Some cats are genetically "programmed" to respond to catnip, some aren't.
In any case, for all of the (sometimes entertaining) behaviors seen, catnip is completelynontoxic to cats. If a large quantity of fresh catnip is consumed, you may see some vomiting or diarrhea, but this is rare and self-limiting. If your cat experiences this, limit or withhold catnip.
Squeaky usually reads my mind and whatever I am going to do, she gets there ahead of me. Weird.
I've tried putting several different halters on her, but she's an escape artist and I haven't found one (or a collar) that she can't get off in short order, so no walks. She's afraid to go beyond the front door anyway, maybe because going beyond it typically results in her being at the veterinary clinic.
So to her, your 'No' means that you won't participate.
There are some things you can train a cat to do, but they usually have to be positive for the cat. You can train them to come for food to a whistle, or a set sound, for example. I had a cat who would come in from the rain and wait to be towel-dried - in fact he would stand there and miaow for the towel if he was wet.
Siamese cats are completely different though - you can train them to do all kinds of things, including pooping into your toilet rather than in a litter tray, and walking on a leash! Quite why you'd want to do the leash thing I have no idea - but you can if you want to.
When I say "no" to a treat or to playing, I say it rather without stress or loudness or any sort of inflection, which is why I say she seems to understand that no means no.
If she's on the counter and I say "no" I'm likely to sound angry at the same time, yet she ignores me.
Typical cat: doesn't do anything to please her master (subject).
No, if she wants to do something she can do on her own without my help or participation, "no" is ineffective.
Sounds as if she is understanding "No" as her wanting something and you refusing. Does your 'No' have any effect on her own behaviour - if she jumps up where you don't want her to jump?
For example, she will bring a toy while I'm working, drop it, and look up at me. She's asking me to play. If I'm in the middle of something and I say "no," she will look sad and either lay down on the spot or go away and do something else.
Sorry if I misled you. She understands "no" in a general way, not just related to food.
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