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Is Catnip Safe For Your Cat?

Catnip is a potent herb that exerts a euphoric effect in cats. All parts of the plant--leaves, seeds, roots, stems--contain an oil-based chemical known as nepetalactone. However, not all cats respond to catnip; this is especially true in young kittens and geriatric pets and in some mature cats. Some cats becoming overactive after smelling catnip while there are those that become calmer. There are now toys and cat pillows embedded with dried catnip leaves. Catnip sprays are also available but they tend to be less effective because they don’t contain as much nepetalactone to induce the desired effects. The effect of catnip usually lasts from 10-20 minutes. After that, it will take at least 2 hours before the cat become reactive to catnip again. Catnip is relatively safe for cats. It’s a non-toxic herb, however excessive consumption can cause diarrhea in cats. 

Your professional veterinarian Portage, MI is a valuable source of information about your pet’s health and well-being. 

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