Does valerian have benefits for the cat?


Valerian is one of the plants whose effects they are enough spectacular, at least part of the feline population. She is able to reboost a cat a little flattened and make him happy. A little spotlight on valerian with indisputable benefits for kitties and the different solutions to benefit his little companion.

Presentation of Valerian

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is a herbaceous perennial which belongs to the family of Caprifoliaceae. It grows spontaneously in ditches, undergrowth or on the banks, wherever the soil is humid and very rich in compost. In France, the only geographical area where it is not very present is the South, on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. Everywhere else, valerian is an ample part of our landscapes and during their escapades in nature, kitties therefore have the opportunity to sniff it with relish.

Between May and August, it can be easily spotted since this plant is covered with small flowers of a subtly pinkish white, grouped together in pretty corymbs. The flowers give rise to achenes with a feathery pappus.

Those are the valerian roots which contain many constituents used in allopathy, whether for humans or animals. It is also listed in the pharmacopoeia at European level.

Valerian, a catnip

Catnip (plural herbs-aux-chats) is a vernacular name widely used to designate catnip or even valerian for example, plants that have various notable and immediate effects in many cats but of short duration, of the order of a quarter of an hour at most, after which the effect falls like a souffle.

Regarding valerian, used in humans for its relaxing properties validated since ancient Greece and its anxiolytic effects, it acts differently in cats. In any case, it represents a sacred panacea but be careful all the same because it enhances the effect of sedatives. It is therefore preferable to always seek the advice of the veterinarian before exposing your cat to this plant if it is under treatment.

For a cat that does not take medication, nothing prevents its owner from always having valerian on hand since it is not toxic for the little feline. Best of all, there is no risk of addiction either.

The effect that its scent causes in cats is often compared toeuphoria caused by taking cannabis or alcohol in humans. The kitty goes completely speed, like crazy, as soon as he breathes valerian. He is very excited, runs everywhere, and if the twink’s reaction is so spectacular, it’s because he has a very well-developed sense of smell. The smell of valerian is assimilated to pheromones by the organ of Jacobson of the kitty.

It is therefore not surprising that he is so attracted to this plant and that his brain reacts so powerfully. There is a real action on the nervous system of the animal. In turn, a stressed cat can relax thanks to this plant, even if that is not its main effect.

How to use valerian in cats

Thevalerian attraction works in many cats. The owner must already expose his little companion to the scent of this plant to ensure that he is sensitive to it, because it has no effect on nearly a third of cats. If the kitty is crazy about it, it is easy to realize it very quickly because his attitude changes instantly!

We can then find different solutions so that a cat can benefit from the euphoric virtues of valerian. There is nothing to fear: the little feline do not risk becoming addicted and no side effects is to be deplored when the dosages are perfectly respected. A point to see imperatively with the veterinarian.

The dried valerian sold in sachets is to sprinkle for example on the tree of the kitty or on a scraper. Toys containing valerian powder are sold in certain pet stores. These are great gifts! With such toys, it is easy to encourage an adult cat to have fun and exercise. Stimulants, they are very useful for small felines who do not move a lot or are bored because they spend a little too much time on the sofa.