Catnip is generally safe for kittens.
Catnip is a perennial herb, meaning it grows in more than one growing season and contains an ingredient called nepetalactone. It is to this natural chemical that kittens and cats react by becoming more active, purring and rolling around, or even licking and drooling – some may eat catnip too. This is generally safe as catnip is non-toxic. It’s generally considered safe to use catnip for kittens, but it’s important to note that some cats may not be very interested in the herb, especially kittens under two to three months old and some elderly cats.
The catnip herb contains an ingredient that many cats react to.
People often question whether it is safe to use catnip for kittens for a few reasons. First, they might question whether a kitten’s system will prove more vulnerable to something harmful that might be in catnip. Second, they may wonder if any ingredients in catnip can be harmful in general. The good news is that catnip is not toxic to cats of any age, including kittens.
The reaction to a catnip can vary from kitten to kitten.
One thing that is important to note about using catnip for kittens is that some may try to eat it in addition to just sniffing it or playing with it inside a pet toy. Eating a small amount of catnip is unlikely to harm a cat. If the cat eats in large amounts, however, it may vomit or develop diarrhea. Still, it is unlikely to cause any serious or lasting effects when ingested.
Scientists believe the chemical nepetalactone is responsible for cats’ favorable responses to catnip, as it produces the same type of reaction as sex pheromones in cats and kittens. Reactions, however, can vary from kitten to kitten. Some may seem lulled by it, while others get very excited and playful. Many cats enjoy rubbing or rolling over catnip or an item that contains catnip and pawing or clawing at it. In addition, some are very nervous and playful in his presence, and many also lick, sniff and nibble at him.
Despite the fact that using catnip for kittens is considered safe, it’s important to note that some cats may not seem as interested in it as others. For example, kittens under two to three months old are often not interested in this. Likewise, older cats may not seem as interested as younger cats.