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Catnip

What is catnip?

  • Nepeta cataria also know as catnip-it is a plant that contains a strong mint scent oil.
  • When crushed the scent is easily released into the air.

Is it safe?

  • It is a safe non-addictive herb.
  • People used to use the leaves in their tea to help with upset stomachs.
  • It does not affect people.
  • Honeysuckle plants may cause the same reaction in sensitive cats.

Effects in Cats

  • It is a mild feline hallucinogen that can last anywhere from 5-15 minutes.
  • It is non-toxic to cats.
  • Some say it resembles male feline urine, which may explain how some cats react to catnip – they might roll around in it, some cats may react as if they are in heat and with some meowing. Others might slobber.

Which cats does it affect?

  • Most cats will need to be at least 6 months of age, before they will react to catnip.
  • 1/3 of the cats might not react at all.
  • 1/3 of cats might react moderately.
  • 1/3 might react strongly.

How often should we give catnip?

  • It is suggested that you give one weekly.
  • If given too often the effect is not the same.

Written by Anne Huard, Clinic Manager

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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday - Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Baxter Animal Hospital