PetFAQCategory: SuppliesCan kittens have catnip?
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Can kittens have catnip?

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PetFAQ.netPetFAQ.net Staff answered 11 months ago

Yes, kittens can have catnip, but it’s important to exercise caution when giving it to them. Catnip is a member of the mint family, and its active ingredient is a chemical called nepetalactone, which triggers a response in cats that can cause them to become excited, playful, or even sleepy.

Most cats will be attracted to catnip, but not all cats will respond to it. It is estimated that approximately 50-70% of cats will have some type of reaction to catnip, and the response can vary depending on the cat’s age, genetics, and sex. Kittens, in particular, are more likely to have a strong reaction to catnip, as they are more sensitive to its effects.

Catnip is generally considered safe for kittens and cats to consume in small amounts. However, it’s important to remember that catnip is a mild hallucinogen and can cause some cats to become overly excited or even aggressive. If your kitten does have a reaction to catnip, it’s important to monitor them closely and make sure that they don’t injure themselves or others.

When giving catnip to a kitten, it’s best to start with a small amount and observe their behavior. You can give your kitten fresh or dried catnip, or you can purchase catnip toys that are designed to release the scent of catnip when your kitten plays with them. If your kitten seems to enjoy catnip, you can give them small amounts on occasion as a treat.

It’s important to note that while catnip is generally considered safe for cats, there are some cats that may have adverse reactions to it. Some cats may become nauseous or vomit after consuming catnip, while others may become overly aggressive or anxious. If your kitten does have an adverse reaction to catnip, it’s important to stop giving it to them and consult with your veterinarian.

In conclusion, kittens can have catnip, but it’s important to give it to them in moderation and monitor their behavior. If your kitten has a reaction to catnip, it’s important to be aware of the potential risks and take appropriate steps to ensure their safety. Always consult with your veterinarian if you have any concerns about giving your kitten catnip or any other type of treat.

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