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Is catnip safe?

I got some Christmas presents for my brother's two new kittens and one of the presents has catnip in it. Is it safe for kittens?

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  • Joy WaltersJoy Walters Member Posts: 9,276
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    Catnip, also called "catmint" is safe for cats and humans. When used for tea, humans dry it and brew it and it's supposed to calm us down, kind of like chammomile tea. On the other hand, it hypes a lot of cats up. I started to grow catnip outside during the summer and dry it in bundles and bring it in. It amuses Izzie and Lily Rose for about 5 minutes and that's it. The amount that's in those little toys isn't much and the kittens will love it. Don't worry, it's completely safe. However, if your brother has plants in his home, you might want to go to this website, http://www.sniksnak.com/ac/p-plants.html for the ASPCA list of plants poisonous to kitties. If he has any of those, he'll need to get rid of them.
  • Lisa DaversLisa Davers SacramentoMember Posts: 3,642
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    It's safe for kittens but often cats aren't interested in it until they are older. They'll enjoy the toys even if they can't appreciate the catnip yet.
  • Sandra PerrySandra Perry MemphisMember Posts: 1,425
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    It's safe, but not all cats are into it. Oscar J. Cat couldn't care less about it. He sniffs it and walks off. Some cats, however, think it's the best thing since sliced bread.
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