Can Cats Eat Catnip?

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What is catnip?

When a cat smells catnip, the olfactory sense receptors in their nose transmit signals to their brain, causing them to feel happy, relaxed, or playful.

How does catnip work?

What does catnip do to a cat’s behavior?

If your cat struggles with anxiety or stress, you might find that catnip helps, either by stimulating them to play or by calming and relaxing them. 

When should you give your cat catnip?

How long do the effects of catnip last?

It’s very safe for your cat to eat catnip, and it’s unlikely they’ll eat enough to cause even a mild stomach upset.

Is catnip safe for cats to eat?

So, can you give a cat catnip?


Dr. Hannah Godfrey MRCVS graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011. Although she initially worked in mixed practice treating all species, she found a love for small animal work and has worked exclusively with dogs and cats since 2014. She lives in Wales with her partner, son, and two cats (named Poppy and Ashton Kutcher), and writes comedy fiction in her spare time.

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