Raise your hand if this has happened to you: You find the coolest cat toy ever. It’s amazing. It’s got feathers. It says it has catnip. It’s everything your cat could want and more. You excitedly bring it home, pull it out of the bag, give it to your cat and … he walks away and starts batting the plastic bag. WE HAVE ALL BEEN THERE! Yeowww!® Catnip toys to the rescue.
Yeowww!® Catnip, made by DuckyWorld, has the best slogan: Catnip Toys That Actually Work – and they’re right. I’ll give you a short overview of how this incredible herb works and why Yeowww!® products are the way to go for your fur babies. If you already know all about the ‘nip, scroll to the end to see my product recs.
What Is Catnip?
Meet Nepetalactone – He’s Quite the Seducer
According to Scientific American and vet Ramona Turner, catnip plants are in the mint family. In the stems and leaves, you’ll find a volatile oil, nepetalactone, which is responsible for cats’ reactions. Nepetalactone – you sneaky, sneaky devil! A few more fun facts:
- The oil elicits a response in 70-80% of cats, including exotic big cats (lions, tigers, etc.)
- Response is hereditary.
- Behaviors are similar to a female in heat: rubbing, rolling around, and vocalizing.
- Symptoms lasts about 10 minutes, then the cat is immune for 30 minutes.
How Does Catnip Work?
Cats Feel Like It’s Sexy Time
- Nepetalactone (volatile oil) enters nasal tissue.
- Binds to protein receptors.
- Sensory neurons are stimulated.
- Neurons in olfactory bulb project to the amygdala and hypothalamus in the brain.
- The cat reacts to an artificial cat pheromone, and acts like it’s sexy time.
What Makes Yeowww!® Toys Special
Extremely Potent, Premium Catnip Inside Every USA-Made Toy
DuckyWorld ( makers of Yeowww!®) work with private farmers to ensure organically grown premium catnip with the highest quality freshness, color, and aroma. A “signature all leaf and flower top blend ensures Yeowww!® Catnip to be the most effective on the market.” One of the biggest pros: their products DO NOT contain cotton fillers or plastic pieces like other toys do. The cotton twill pieces are filled 100% with catnip. Each toy is always hand-stuffed and sewn in the USA.a