Cats Go Crazy
We all know that cats love catnip and respond with great interest to the
herb which contains a chemical hormone that can cause great excitement especially
in male cats.
Our female cat rubs herself on catnip which seems to be her way of applying a little
eau-de-catnip. Our male cat eats a few leaves and generally seems to get a boost of energy which sometimes results in a rather aggressive chase of his sister.
They also take great interest in the root of valerian when this is being dug up at the herb farm.
However when my husband brought home some Limoniums from Crop and Food the interest from both cats was phenomenal. It was no use trying to have them in a vase as the cats especially Sammo would keep getting on the table and kept trying to pull them out of the vase.
When I put them outside on the deck they both went into a kind of frenzy chewing and pulling at the flowerheads as though they were on a high.
Curious as to what this plant may contain I did a search on the internet which had one or two references to Limoniums having a similar stimulating chemical constituent to catnip.
Limoniums are commonly called statice and it would be interesting to hear from others who may have found their cats demolishing a floral arrangement and wondered what was going on.
As a herbalist I know that herbs and plants have powerful bioactive constituents and this feline behaviour is confirmation of this.
A fascinating encounter with the plant and animal world.