Cat with live catnip plant

Live Catnip Plant

Why Buy Dry? Get Live!

  • Stimulates Exercise and Play: Relieves boredom and provides mental enrichment, especially important for indoor cats.
  • Potent and Highly Aromatic: Fresh catnip is the most fragrant form of catnip available, and much nicer to your cat’s mouth – for those who enjoy eating a leaf or two. Our live catnip plant is completely non-toxic and non-addicting.
  • Relaxing Fun: Periods of intense play are often followed by long, relaxing “catnaps,” and can be helpful in relieving anxiety in stressful situations.

What is Catnip? A member of the mint family, Nepeta cataria is a perennial herb and can be repotted for continuous growth.

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  • Watering: Water your catnip about twice a week. The best way to water your catnip is to place the container in a saucer and water it from the bottom. Make sure the soil stays moist but do not let your catnip stand in water for more than an hour.
  • Light and Ventilation: Place your live catnip in a bright, well ventilated location.
  • Re-potting: Catnip can grow quickly and can be transplanted into a larger pot or outdoors.
  • Feeding: Feed to your cat as a blissful treat any time of day. Simply pinch off small amounts of the plant for your cat to enjoy. Catnip is safe and non-addictive. Pet Greens® Live Catnip is also perfectly safe for your cat to eat.

Why do cats love catnip?

Catnip contains a natural substance, called Nepetalactone, which triggers a euphoric, mood enhancing response in the brain. For most cats, catnip also stimulates exercise and appetite. Studies have shown that a small percentage of cats may not react to catnip because they do not carry an inherited “catnip gene.” The catnip gene becomes active when a kitten is about 6 to 8 weeks old; however, most cats experience the greatest benefits from catnip when they have matured to 9 months.

Is catnip safe?

Yes. Experts say that catnip is not at all toxic or addictive in any amount. Nepetalactone, the natural substance found in catnip that triggers the euphoric response and /or increased activity, never actually enters the bloodstream, so there’s no danger to your pet.