Whether it’s stuffed into a mouse toy, sprinkled onto a scratching post, or baked into a treat, there’s one thing for sure — cats go crazy for catnip! Catnip is a herb from the mint family which contains an active ingredient which is known to alter the normal behaviour of a domestic cat. A cat’s response to catnip may be to sniff, chew, lick, or rub — although it’s thought that one third of cats aren’t affected. Although your cat may appear ‘high’ as he engages with it, it is widely recognised as being a safe source of enrichment for many cats. Here, you’ll find some more in-depth information about what catnip is, and how you make some catnip toys that your cat will adore.

Six things you need to know about catnip

Does your cat go wild for that little fabric mouse stuffed full of catnip? Here's why...

Catnip ice cream

As the weather heats up, it's the perfect time to whip up this ice cream catnip toy!

Mouse catnip toy

With just a few stitches, you can whip up this fabulous mouse-shaped catnip toy for your cat!

How can I grow catnip at home?

Plants like catnip and cat mint should be the first choice for gardeners with cats - and you can grow them yourself!