Many cats are drawn to the taste and smell of plants around the house or outside on their daily adventures. Not every plant is safe for cats to eat, but some are. In fact, there are two types of plants that cats can eat and enjoy that can satisfy their need to chew on something green. Catnip and cat grass are two plants that can be safe for our feline friends to eat and enjoy.
PetSmart carries all of the best options when it comes to catnip and cat grass. This plant is a member of the mint family and is a natural treat that cats love. It is known for making our cats act silly, get the zoomies, or even make them extra sleepy and snuggly. Cat grass, which is often made of rye, oat, or wheatgrass, can also be a safe alternative for your cat and may even help keep them from eating your houseplants. And although your cat could eat outdoor grass, it often contains chemicals that can be harmful to your kitty, so it's best to keep an indoor garden of cat grass.
Benefits of Catnip & Cat Grass:
- Catnip Has a Calming Effect - It can have a calming effect on cats that can reduce their stress.
- Supports Healthy Digestion - Eating plants like catnip & cat grass can help with digestion and hairballs as those plants are naturally fibrous. Cat grass can also act as a natural laxative, helping your cat pass hairballs through their digestive system.
- Alternative to Houseplants - Cat grass also serves as a great alternative to having houseplants, which could be toxic to cats that consume them. Simply place cat grass near your cat’s food bowl so they cannot miss it
Our collection of catnip & cat grass comes in chewable forms, as well as swat & pounce, and hunt & stalk toy options. Shop our collection to find botanical treats, dried catnip, fresh cat grasses, sprays, puffs, toys and more – giving them all their favorites. Need more supplies while you’re here? We also carry cat food, food toppers, treats, kitty litter, cat furniture, cat toys, and more.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is catnip?
Catnip (nepeta cataria) is a perennial plant that is a part of the mint family. As a part of the mint family, it has a distinct aroma and taste that is desirable to cats. Cats like fresh catnip leaves as well as dried catnip while other cats might like catnip essential oil. Pet parents can sprinkle catnip on their favorite surfaces or even give them a catnip toy.
What does catnip do to cats?
Every cat is different, so how much a big cat might react to catnip could be different than that of a small cat. Catnip can have a calming effect on cats, often causing them to roll on the floor, rub against furniture or even get sleepy.
Is cat grass good for your cat?
Cat grass is a great alternative to houseplants and can support healthy digestion. To find out whether or not it is good for your cat, talk to your veterinarian.
Is catnip cruel for cats?
No. Catnip is a non-toxic treat for cats to enjoy and is not cruel to give them. As all treats, it should be given in moderation. Talk to your vet about how to give your cat catnip safely.