March 10, 2017 2 min read
The time old question, many cat owners worldwide wonder if catnip is truly safe for cats before giving it a try.
A natural plant, known as nepeta cataria, catnip can take any lazy and bored housecat and turn them into an energetic and highly active kitty for small bursts of 5 to 15 minutes at a time. Since it’s such a drastic improvement in the kitty’s energy levels, owners aren’t always sure if it’s a safe plant to be giving to their beloved felines.
The good news is: we’re here to tell you that catnip is completely nontoxic to cats. Catnip is a mild feline hallucinogen that is a safe, non-addictive herb from the mint family. When provided to kitties, they only experience the catnip effects for a few minutes before calming back down and resorting to their old lethargic tendencies. Catnip is such a beneficial plant, in fact, people used to brew tea with it to soothe upset stomachs and headaches. Today, though people use other kind of herbal remedies, catnip is still a viable kitty treat for getting any kind of cat off the couch.
A fair question to ask yourself! Like any kind of human hallucinogen, there are always the over-indulgence worries for health effects. There is no such thing has overdosing your cat on catnip. It’s merely a mint-related leaf broken down into small bits. The only thing that can happen is that the cats become less excited by it if you provide them with catnip too frequently. Like everything, moderation is key, so if you want your cat to be jumping for joy when you breakout the Captain Catnip, reserve it for special occasions!
Overall, our Captain Catnip is here to rescue the un-amused metropolitan kitties across the country and give them a little excitement during their mundane days. Consider sprinkling a little bit for your cat the next time you head out the door for a full day of work.
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