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Cats Become Aggressive with Catnip
02-07-2013, 11:45 AM,
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Cats Become Aggressive with Catnip
Does anyone else have this problem? Whenever I give the cats catnip (or catnip filled toys), they become aggressive with each other. This doesn't look like play; we've actually had to separate them. If I give it to them separately, they're fine, if a little wild. If anyone else has had this problem, have you handled it successfully or is the only answer to separate them from each other? I have three cats (one female and two males). The aggression is primarily from the males, but never occurs under normal conditions.
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02-08-2013, 05:53 AM,
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RE: Cats Become Aggressive with Catnip
Cat Nip toys dont really do anything for my guys, but actual catnip drives them wild. My cat doesn't get overly aggressive but he doesn't want to share either. He usually lays in the area I put the cat nip and doesn't allow his sister to get any. He gets really wide eyed, and starts to roll around and be very very playful.
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02-25-2013, 02:05 AM, (This post was last modified: 02-25-2013, 02:07 AM by 4sweed.)
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RE: Cats Become Aggressive with Catnip
Being as aggressive as our cat Boots is, I had not thought about offering him catnip, as he has plenty of energy and wild cat moods as it is without adding icing to the cake. However, recently I had been tossing around the idea of getting him a catnip toy to play with to see how he would behave.

One of my best friend's has several cats and she is always telling me how down-right funny cats can behave when given catnip flakes to smell and roll in, other than having the normal catnip stuffed toys. So I decided next time I was at a pet store I would get Boots some catnip.

Before I had a chance to pick some up however, my friend called me in a panic. One of her cats had been very sick and she knew now the catnip had caused the problem. It seems she had sprinkled some on her porch so that her cats and the neighbors cats, could roll in it and she could enjoy watching the goofy behavior that the chemical produces in felines.

Later that night, one of her cats became extremely lethargic, and the next day it experienced bouts of diarrhea and vomiting. The cat refused to eat food or drink water the entire day. A quick trip to her vet confirmed that her cat had suffered an allergic reaction to the catnip. With the help of her vet, the cat recovered well and made a speedy recovery. Her other cats did not become ill by the catnip.

After hearing her story I decided Boots, has enough safe toys to play with and although, the chance may be slim, the bad trip that catnip can induce in some cats, is not worth the risk of him having an allergic reaction that could make him a very sick cat or worse kill him.
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02-26-2013, 10:03 AM,
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RE: Cats Become Aggressive with Catnip
My cats just get all silly and to roll around a lot. They have never shown any aggressiveness towards each other or anyone for that matter.

We don't get it that often but when we do one of our cats is the craziest of all. He is so funny, he rolls around all over the floor on his belly and does the side crawl!

Funny to watch, but never had any aggressiveness luckily.
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03-05-2013, 05:58 PM,
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RE: Cats Become Aggressive with Catnip
I have quite a lot of catnip bushes in my garden, thus my cats have an eat as much as you can catnip buffet anytime they wish to. They love to roll around in the catnip to make themselves smell like it.

I never had any problems with my cats getting aggressive on catnip, they usually go lovey dovey on me when they eat it. The quiet one sometimes becomes a little vocal and she tells me about her whole day.

It might be that dried catnip are more potent than fresh catnip, and may cause this aggression.Try some fresh catnip and compare the results of your findings. use the one that have the least negative effects.
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07-09-2013, 09:22 PM,
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RE: Cats Become Aggressive with Catnip
My cats do not get aggressive with catnip at all. They just love eating it. Sometimes they just eat too much of the stuff which will cause them to vomit but not excessively. The vet told me that the vomiting was necessary in order to shed hairballs. Therefore it does not worry me too much.
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