Here are some interesting, ameowsing and useful facts on cats and the products I use or sell.
Catnip - 10 Facts about it and it’s affect on Cats
1. Catnip (or Nepeta cataria) is part of the mint family. The plant contains an oil called nepetalctone and this oil binds to a cats nasal receptors when the plant is eaten, rolled in or crushed. The oil stimulates the areas of the brain that regulates the emotional and behavioral responses to stimuli.
2. A cat’s sensitivity to the effects of catnip is an inherited trait and it’s estimated that somewhere between 50-80 % of cats are sensitive to it.
3. Catnip has no effect on kittens and they only begin to show sensitivity once over 6 months or upon reaching sexual maturity.
4. When eaten catnip has a mild sedative effect on cats. Some herbalists recommend it as a relaxing tea for people for this reason too.
5. When sniffed it will make cats playful, kittenish and they tend to roll in it, lick it, sometimes drool, purr and endearingly stick out their tongues.
6. It is not just domestic cats that are sensitive to catnip. Tests have shown that all in the larger Cat family react to it as well. So Catnip can also be given to Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Cougars, Lynxes and Servals.
7. Catnip is non- addictive and has no side effects so is safe for cats to use. The effects will only last 10 to 20 minutes before odour fatigue sets and the cat returns to their normal behaviour. The cats nose then needs a break from the smell to give it time to reset and pick up on it again in the future.
8. It is best to give you cat organic catnip that has not have any residual chemicals that may be consumed by your cat. Artificial catnip sprays are available but it is better to use the organic version which is readily available
9. Catnip is a herb easily grown at home as long as you don’t have a little catnip lover in the house. The plant is very quickly found , squashed, rolled on and chewed to death. It can be simpler to leave it to the experts.
10. Little Lions has a range of cat toys made using our homegrown organic catnip as well as loose leaf sachets. To shop now click here.
Not all cats are affected by catnip. Some love it and some are uninterested.
Generally speaking it will only have an affect on cats that are fully mature not kittens. However kittens love to play and hunt so they will still get lots of enjoyment playing with Little Lions toys even if they are unaffected by the catnip till later. They are also a great distraction if you have a little lion that wants to use your arms or legs for biting practice with those needle sharp baby teeth, just give them one of our toys to kill instead
- How Birds See Colour
As much as we love cats here at Little Lions, we love birds too!
Studies have shown that cats wearing scrunchies cuts the chances in half that they will catch birds while wearing them. Why you may ask?
Birds see in colours - more than our human eyes can pick up:
Not only are birds able to perceive the familiar rainbow of colors as well as parts of the ultraviolet (UV) spectrum that are invisible to human eyes, but they also have better visual acuity. This means birds can determine subtle differences between similar shades of color, gradations that human eyes are not able to discern. The cells in the eye responsible for color detection, the cones, are in the retina, and birds have four types of cones rather than the three humans have. The exact number of cones varies in each bird species but is typically higher than humans and other mammals.
Each cone in a bird's eye has a drop of oil in it that selectively filters out certain colors, giving birds greater sensitivity to different color shades. This wavelength filtering allows birds to more easily see contrasts in their surroundings, perhaps seeing through the camouflage of insects, prey, or other birds, for example. This type of filtering or polarization is also useful for pelagic birds, allowing them to see deeper into the water than previously believed, which can help them find suitable food sources and prey.
Hence why Little Lions, bright and colourful scrunchie will give the birds a fighting chance; they see the flash of colours (that is your scrunchie adorned cat) running towards them, therefore seeing your cat moving much earlier and have the time to move away rather than be ambushed.
Also unlike a bell which cat can learn to stop jingling your cat can't work around having the collar.
Thank you to Melissa Mayntz for her highly informative insight into birds and their colour perception. Click here to read more.
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