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Q: catnip

January 3, 2009 | By Cindy | 7 answers | Expired: 1919 days ago

Cindy

Is catnip a natural fiber laxative? I seem to recall having read or heard that somewhere. I give some to my cat, not only as a treat, but to help maintain his "regularity."

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Pam N.
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Jan 03, 2009

Well I just had to look this up online. I give it to my Sifl because he just loves to eat it, not really get "high" on it. He is older and used to get really crazy, but as he got aged (he is now 10) he doesn't seem to react that way. Anyway, I found it is NOT listed as having that benefit. All I did find was that it aids in digestion, I guess breaking up food in the stomach and intestines. Well this is new to me! Not that I am going to stop giving it to him. It is a definite treat to him.

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Katie
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Jan 03, 2009

When catnip is digested, it's actually got somewhat of a sedative effect. That's why catnip tea is quite popular for humans. I don't see why it wouldn't be a laxative though. It can help fulfill the dietary need of greens in a cat's diet and all.

www.cat-world.com.au/Catnip.htm

^ There's an interesting fact sheet on catnip that you might want to take a gander at.

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Kelly
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Jan 03, 2009

I've never read anything about using catnip as a fiber laxative. I'm sure the fresh plant counts as fiber (just don't let kitty eat the stems) but I'm not sure about the dried stuff. Many people give their cats 1 tsp of pure pumpkin or baby food squash for regularity & to help with hairballs.

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