- Use catnip to attract cats to toys, scratchers and beds.
- Crush leaves with your fingers to help release the natural active ingredient in catnip.
- Keep catnip fresh by resealing the container and storing in a cool, dry, dark place out of your cat's reach.
- Kittens usually develop a response to catnip after 6-9 months of age.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is catnip?
Catnip is a natural herb that is related to mint. It contains a chemical compound called nepetalactone, which induces a harmless physiological reaction in some cats. Please note that not all cats react to catnip, and most kittens will not enjoy the effect until they are 6-9 months old
What is in your catnip?
Our catnip is 100% pure organic catnip. It is grown and processed without pesticides or chemicals in accordance with National Organic Program regulations.
How do I use catnip?
Catnip can be used on toys, scratchers, bedding or by itself as a treat. Rub it into the surface of a scratcher or bed to entice your cat. Sprinkle it on wet or dry cat food to encourage picky eaters. There are also dozens of refillable catnip toys on the market (we suggest the SmartyKat® MadcapMouse™) as well as toys, scratchers and bedding that have catnip hidden inside. Tip: Put a fabric toy and some catnip in a sealed plastic bag overnight. The catnip aroma will permeate the toy and create an irresistible treat!
Can my cats eat catnip?
Yes. Cats enjoy eating catnip as well as playing with it. Unless they have a rare allergy to catnip, it is safe for them to ingest.
How will catnip effect my cat?
The effects of catnip vary from cat to cat. Some cats become excited, hyperactive or aggressive. Some will become lethargic and fall asleep, while others may exhibit a dizzy or drunken effect. However your cat reacts, remember that catnip is not harmful to your cat, there is no way to overdose on it. Most cats know when they have had enough and will stop playing with it.
Will catnip harm humans or dogs if consumed?
No. Catnip is a harmless herb. While SmartKat® catnip is not intended for human consumption, some people believe that catnip has a calming effect when brewed as a tea. Similarly, catnip will not harm dogs if ingested, but they will not experience the effects that cats do.