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Q: catnip

January 3, 2009 | By Cindy | 7 answers | Expired: 2136 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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Jan 03, 2009

I have to agree with the others. Like nitewisp said, if your cat is eating the fresh plant he is getting roughage & some fiber benefit just like he would if he ate any other plant but the dried doesn't do much. But it does aid in digestion like Pam said. When I had cats, I let them eat catnip whenever they wanted, but I never put it on their food. Some experts say that adding it to their food can upset their diet & eating habits. I guess this is due to the high it induces. So just to be safe since I had some cats who looked for reasons to get finicky about food, I gave it to them separate from their meals. If your cat needs more fiber in his diet or has hairballs the pumpkin or baby food squash is good. I have some friends who run a cat rescue & they use that. Some cats will see it as a treat & just eat it straight. Some turn up their noses so it has to be mixed with something else. Make sure the squash doesn't have onion in it though...weird but some baby food does.

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Monicap
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Jan 03, 2009

My neighbor grows it, so I pick some dry it and they go crazy.

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sandy h.
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Jan 03, 2009

I have tied catnip in a washcloth or dishtowel rag and the cats go nuts. It has never had a laxative effect on them.

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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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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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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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daryl b.
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Jan 03, 2009

i don't know about the fiber but since it is a member of the canibus family it will also help there apitite if they are not eating well

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