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Move Over Catnip, This is a Bigger Hit with the Kitties

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  • Indoor cats require environmental enrichment, and one important way to do this is through olfactory stimulation
  • Some kitties don’t respond to catnip, but recent research there are beneficial alternatives
  • The study showed that more cats actually responded to silver vine than catnip, and about half the kitties also responded to Tatarian honeysuckle and valerian root
  • A majority of catnip non-responders responded to silver vine
  • Olfactory stimulation is just one aspect of environmental enrichment — others include visual and auditory enrichment; places for climbing, scratching, resting and hiding; and consistency in interactions with humans



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