Q: Does catnip spoil or expire?

March 18, 2008 | By amy c. | 2 answers | Expired: 2869 days ago

amy c.

I have catnip in a drawer for a couple years.. i forgot it was there but i dont want to use it if it can harm my cat in any way - does it get old or expire? is it something that can harm my cat

Chosen Answer
Penelope P.

Mar 30, 2008

I don't think that it spoils, buti find that it stay fresher in the freezer. All 4 of may cats love it.

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Michele Z.

Mar 18, 2008

Eventually, almost everything spoils/rots, but catnip is dried and should last longer than many other products. However, once the bag is open, the catnip will lose its potency and thereby lose its attractiveness to cats. Your cats may actually refuse to eat it if you offered it to them because it would not have the fresh catnip smell.

Catnip is inexpensive and your catnip is old (according to you, "a couple years"). Personally, I'd throw it out at this point and buy a new bag. (I honestly don't know if old catnip is truly harmful, but it is better to be safe than sorry.)

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