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What is Catnip?

Catnip is an aromatic herb that when used in moderation, induces a harmless physiological reaction in some cats. It can be applied to scratching posts or used in stuffed toys. Watch as your cat paws at it, chews or licks it, purrs, or even growls in joy over the treat. Your cat will love it!


Cats (3 months of age or older)

  • Can give cats an intense, euphoric high
  • Can be an exercise stimulator for overweight cats
  • Temporary remedy for stressed cats
  • Owners enjoy seeing their cat's reaction
How it Works:

Catnip is a plant in the mint family (it's also referred to as catmint). It contains nepetalactone, which causes the playful reaction that most cats experience. Cats detect nepetalactone through the outer layer of skin in their noses where the nepetalactone binds to one or more receptors where its thought to mimic a cat pheromone.


Do not give more than one teaspoonful of catnip more often than once a week. Some cats can react aggressively. If your cat becomes aggressive, stop using catnip and consider an alternative.

Brand Name:

Healthy Quality Catnip (SF Herb)

Active Ingredient(s):


What is this product used for:

Catnip is a plant in the mint family. It is found throughout the United States and grows wild as a weed. Catnip is used as a treat.


Catnip is a non-prescription (OTC) product.

How this product should be used:

Catnip should not be given more than once a week or the effects may diminish. Apply catnip to scratching posts or use catnip in stuffed toys. Most older cats will become excited or aroused as they smell, chew and eat catnip. When using freshly cut stems and leaves, bruise it slightly before giving to the cat.

What are the side effects:

Cats under 3 months of age do not usually respond to catnip. Not all cats are stimulated by catnip in the same way, and approximately one third of cats will not respond at all. The differences in response to catnip can be due to environmental factors, genetics and the gender (males usually respond more than females due to the effects of nepetalactone, the principle found in catnip). Typical responses to catnip include salivation, rolling and rubbing, running and leaping.

What special precautions are there:

Do not give more than one teaspoonful of catnip more often than once a week.

In the event of overdose:

Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room.

How should I store this product:

To preserve the potency of catnip, store this product in the freezer, in the original container it came in.

How to Use
  • Catnip comes from a plant in the mint family. It is found throughout the United States and grows wild as a weed. Catnip is used as a treat for cats.
  • Catnip is for cats only. Do not give to dogs.
  • Catnip should not be given more than once a week at the most.

Apply catnip to scratching posts or use in stuffed toys. Typical responses to catnip include salivation, rolling, rubbing, running, and leaping.

Cats/Kittens: (Over 3 months of age)
All weights
Apply -1 teaspoonful of catnip to a toy or scratching post once every 1-2 weeks
Do not use!
Do not use!

To preserve the potency of catnip, store this product in the freezer, in its original container.

Active Ingredients
Customer Reviews
Catnip is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 52.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Catnip It's fresh and my four cats love it.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kitty Tested Kitty Appoved My kitties go crazy for this catnip, They are so funny to watch spazzing out after tasting it.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yow My cats love 1-800-PetMeds catnip. I have tried store bought catnip, home grown catnip and my cats were not even interested. I received a sample of 1-800-PetMeds catnip and my three cats went wild. They love to eat it, play in it, roll in it. It is the best catnip I have ever purchased.
Date published: 2016-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2 out of 2 cats approve Both my cats love this stuff. I rub it on an outdoor cat tree on the patio table, and my cats immediately jump up and roll in it. It also attracts neighbor cats wandering through the yard at night.
Date published: 2015-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Stuff! I like this cat nip! Much better than the other cat nip mama normally gets. I'm much more mellow on this stuff than the other stuff that she normally gets. Thank you mama.
Date published: 2015-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Love Love it!! Have used this catnip for years. It always has a good strong smell when I open the lid. It does not take long for them to come running for their "fix" of catnip. Sometimes I put container on floor & let them try to open. Mostly they poke holes in lid......... My 5 babies strongly recommend!!
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best ever catnip! The High Grown Catnip that I purchased from you is the best ever catnip! It's fresher than store bought. Ebony loves it. I swear that he can smell it through the plastic container!
Date published: 2015-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always happy kitties My husband & I foster many rescues and ferals while they are being vetted and until they are comfortable around people again and are able to be adopted. We have our own kitties as well, who were also rescues. About 4 years ago, I bought several containers of this catnip and all the kitties have LOVED this stuff! There is always a cat or two who will turn their nose up at it the first 3-5 times it is offered but then one day - BOOM! Instant "OHHHH! I LOVE THIS STUFF!" lol (most kittens do not like it til older) I kept the containers in the refrigerator and I believe it helped it stay fresh because we are on the last bit of the last container now and it still drives them all crazy as the first day we got it. Nothing like seeing a feral cat who has never had the protection of a nice and cozy home suddenly discover how good life can be with said home, lots of love (human contact) and discovering catnip for the first time. Same goes for the rescues - the ones dumped because of a disease (sometimes terminal) or ones that were tragically abused. (sometimes beyond recognition.) To see them enjoy something so simple to us - but so grand to DOES pull on the heart strings.
Date published: 2014-09-21
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How to use catnip

When you say "apply" catnip to scratching post, how does one "apply"? Just rub in on? And for beds, or "condo's" just sprinkle it on? A little help please
Asked by: Debbie
I take a pinch and rub it between my fingers while sprinkling it on the cat tree. Then I rub it into the fabric with my hand. Do it quick before the cats get there and run interference. Also, I use one of those food handling gloves so that the cats won't go nuts over my hand all day.
Answered by: Roger L
Date published: 2016-03-07

is catnip safe for cats to eat?

Asked by: juju
it is fine for them to eat. They only nibble on it. I have 3 out of 5 that love to eat it & they are 12 & 13 years old.
Answered by: Spicy Peach!
Date published: 2016-03-07

can catnip be put into or on the cats food

Can Catnip be put into or on the cats food.
Asked by: Ima
No, use only as entertainment.
Answered by: Spicy Peach!
Date published: 2015-07-07

how do you identify catnip overdose?

Asked by: shagaela
I only give a teaspoonful, a very small amount at one time. When I fill Ebony's mouse with catnip, I put about one teaspoonful in it. I hope this helps.
Answered by: Dinee
Date published: 2016-03-07

Why do you recommend giving catnip only once per week?

Asked by: Deb
Not sure why they recommend that little in that amount of time, although I DO know that it is a stimulant. I normally give my cats about 1/2 teaspoon at a more than once a day. I have had a cat get a toy open that had nip in it and he ate it all and was fine. Guessing there was at least 3 tsp. in there. Just don't go over 1/2 a teaspoon once a day and there won't be a problem with an overdose
Answered by: The Rescuers
Date published: 2016-03-07

Where is the catnip grown? Is it organic or does it have pesticides/preservatives on it?

Asked by: fluffy
I'm pretty sure it's organic -pesticides are too expensive for companies to pay for on something that is for an animal. Catnip generally doesn't have a problem with pests and almost all herbs (including this) once dried do not need preservatives. I dry my own garden herbs and do it naturally. Most last for years before losing any quality to them.
Answered by: The Rescuers
Date published: 2014-09-22

Is there a recommended duration of catnip playtime

Can you give a toy with catnip inside and just let them play whenever they want, or is it better to give it for a period of time then remove it and give it the next day?
Asked by: Lori
when he is tired he stops. i do not take it away. it gives the wrong message
Answered by: schatze
Date published: 2013-10-22

side effects of catnip?

I volunteer at a cat shelter and one man does not want me to give the cats catnip saying that it can have a bad effect on them...I have never heard of this, any truth to it...most cats love it.
Asked by: Nancy
The only negative thing I have heard about giving kitties catnip, is to not give them too much...maybe a spoonful a week. I give my cat a spoonful once or maybe twice a week....some weeks not at all. I don't know why a limit was put on it....I just remember reading that on a vet. site. Anyone else know anything about this??
Answered by: canuck77
Date published: 2013-10-22
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