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Do You Ever Wonder What Catnip Is?

It is actually part of a larger group referred to as catmint (genus name).

It is a plant that is native to many parts of Asia but has now become naturalized to Europe, New Zealand and here in North America. What makes is “special” is that approximately two-thirds of cats have an intense attraction to it.

It is an herb that if left unchecked can grow to be about 50-100 cm wide and tall! It looks like plants in the mint family with is oval course leaves, and it’s little pretty pink or whitish purple flowers. Originally it was grown as an ornamental garden flower then it was noted that cats loved it (butterflies too).

In cats, it is a recreational substance that cats want to rub on, roll on and chew it. The cats that like it are likely to drool, become sleepy, anxious, leap around or purr. This behaviour lasts about 15 minutes. Cats get the “rush” from smelling the product. There is talk that this behaviour is hereditary.

If you are growing it, there are some bonus’ for us as humans. It has a natural insect repellent against mosquitos, cockroaches and termites. It is as an air-borne repellent, now effect used on humans.

Written by: Lisa Clifford RVT, Practice Manager

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Last updated: July 2, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (food and medication pickup only)
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Manitou Animal Hospital Team