Catnip Facts Quiz

See if you know what makes catnip tick and how your cat could react to it.

Want to toss around a few catnip toys or grow catnip for your cats? Test your knowledge on this cat-friendly plant and take this quiz to see how much you know about catnip.

1) What’s a cat’s correct reaction to catnip?
A. Rubbing her nose and chin in it
B. Leaping up into the air and batting other cats
C. Sitting still and gazing off into the distance
D. All of the above

2) What kind of plant is catnip?
A. Mint
B. Parsley
C. Tea leaf
D. Cactus

3) True or false: Catnip and cat mint are the same thing.
A. True
B. False

4) The best conditions for growing catnip are:
A. Indoors, in a cool climate
B. Indoors, in a greenhouse
C. Outdoors, in neutral to acidic soil
D. Outdoors, in a pond

5) True or false: You cannot give your cats too much catnip.
A. True
B. False

6) What part of the catnip plant is used to give cats?
A. Leaves
B. Stems
C. Blossoms
D. Root

7) What’s the recommended time and frequency that you should expose cats to catnip and catnip toys so that they don’t lose interest?
A. Every day
B. Once or twice a week
C. Monthly
D. Yearly

8) True or false: Cat Thyme is another plant that you can give to your cat for enjoyment.
A. True
B. False

9) The best way to store dried catnip is:
A. In a cookie jar
B. Outdoors
C. In the refrigerator
D. Under the bed

10) Catnip is least effective on:
A. Very young cats
B. Very old cats
C. Middle aged cats
D. Both a and b

Answers: 1. D. Different cats react in different ways to catnip. Any of the above – in addition to ignoring it – is a normal response; 2. A.  Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a member of the mint family; 3. False. Cat mint is a separate plant, Nepeta faassenii; 4. C. Choose a location that is safe from neighborhood cats but can get full or partial sun, as long as it’s watered accordingly; 5. False: Cats can sometimes react strongly to the stimulation and act aggressive; 6. A. Leaves; 7. B. You can keep catnip and catnip toys an intriguing mystery by showing them to cats only once or twice a week; 8. True. Cat Thyme (Teucrium marum) is a separate plant that many cats, even those who do not like catnip, enjoy; 9. C. Catnip stays fresher longer when stored in a fridge; 10. D. Cats below the age of 8 weeks and those at the opposite end of the age spectrum seem disinterested in catnip.

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