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Is catnip tea safe for cats? I have a small black kitten that i feed a mixture of canned food and canned food with catnip tea in the mix. Should i feed her nothing? She will only eat the catnip tea and i don't think that there is enough in the tea to be harmful. I've been trying to find information on this but everything that i find is very confusing. I am currently feeding her only the canned food. She is only 6 weeks old and is currently very happy and lively. I know that this is probably not the most appropriate forum for this but i am willing to try anything to help her stay healthy.
I've got to tell you that it takes some courage to ask questions about your cat's health. I know how you must feel.
The short answer is that there are no studies about the effect of catnip on cats that I'm aware of, and the only information avlable is anecdotal. Cats vary widely in their tolerance for catnip, and I would hesitate to assume that you can predict the amount a cat would be able to tolerate based on age or any other factor.
However, I wouldn't hesitate to put a drop or two of catnip on a treat, if you want. It would be no more harmful than any other flavoring.
It can have some side effects that make some cats more sleepy, but those effects are usually mild and short-lived.
If your kitten has not yet developed the ability to tolerate catnip, you will need to be vigilant to keep it out of her food.
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We can't be sure that it will be safe for you, but my impression is that the catnip tea could be harmful if ingested. I don't know if you are aware of this, but I do know that cats can have an allergic reaction to catnip, so if you're not sure that it will be safe for her, you might want to be careful about adding catnip tea to your kitten's food.
Thanks so much for the reply. The reason why i'm asking is because the vet told me that she has an allergy to catnip. I know that cats can get over that but it might be best to avoid it, so i'd rather err on the side of caution. I can see that i should probably get it out of the mix, but i still would like to keep her on it. She is a black kitten and is only 6 weeks old, so i don't want to overdo it too much.
This has to be the weirdest thing. It worked. The catnip tea worked!! I'm not sure what else it could have been but i just made the tea and gave her a small amount of it mixed with her dry food. I don't know what it was, but it worked and she didn't even notice it. It's the strangest thing, but i'm glad that it worked.
Yes, you're right. Cats can get over their initial allergic response to catnip, but some can get more sensitive over time. I have one cat who I think gets over-sensitive, and I have to use catnip with caution.
Thanks for your response. I am aware of some cats that can get more sensitive over time and i am wondering how old she is and how i can best use catnip. I do think that the black kitten that i have is more sensitive to it, but as she is still frly young i don't think that it is too much. I still would like to keep her on it, but i'll be careful. I really don't want to overdo it. I've been researching catnip tea and i think that it's a very safe product. It's not listed on a lot of websites, but it is safe to use.
I did try giving her catnip tea on treats before this, but it didn't work. I think that the problem was that she could never keep it in her mouth and swallow it all. I am going to try agn, but i'll try to keep a close eye on her so that i don't overdo it.
If you've got the time and energy, why not try the catnip tea in her food instead of using it as a treat? I'm not saying that you can't use catnip tea in other forms, but I'd just like to avoid giving the catnip tea as a treat and instead use it to feed it to her when it's in her food.
That's a good question. It is pretty well known that cats who like catnip can get over an initial allergic reaction to catnip. For the most part, they just seem to get used to the smell and eventually don't mind it as much. If I'm going to use it, I like to give it to my cat when it is in her food, as it gives her a treat to look forward to.
I've noticed that some cats will refuse to eat their catnip tea if I put a drop in it. I don't know why. I think that some cats are allergic to the catnip tea, while others don't mind it. If your cat doesn't like the taste, then you can try adding a little catnip tea to their water when you clean the litterbox. It should be safe for them to drink.