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Is it unethical to give your cat catnip? — 9 Comments

  1. Proliferation and perpetuation of domesticated cats is inherently unethical. Inflicting them unconfined on our communities and ecological systems is catastrophically so (no pun intended).

  2. Felids of many species seek out a psychotropic buzz in the wild. Matatabi, every type of nip and several types of Honeysuckle, all fit the bill. Tigers, get off on Sandlewood! There are far more worthy ethical concerns for feline welfare than this. What about the cruel idiots who think it fun to blow cannabis smoke or the vapour from crack pipes over their hapless feline companions or feed them other devastating street drugs?

    Nepeta Cataria, on a warm summer morning is very potent as the oil evaporates. It is probably stronger than the dried, often aged, pesticide/herbicide soaked stuff found in most catnip stuffed toys.

    I grow a few varieties in our garden. Our cats have always preferred it live, and they seem to get a more self manageable hit from it.

    I agree with Albert about being cautious about the over excitement issue. Over the years, I have noticed that some cats find nip to be a mellow hit and some find it much more stimulating. Different cats, same plant or batch of nip. I wonder if this is due to the individual psychology of the cat and/or the individual’s brain response to Nepetalactone?

  3. To me it is the same as a human having a couple of beers or even if you think about it now since pot is legal it can be the same as that it helps them escape for a bit i laugh at myself if I get tipsy if i have a little to much or even get high to me its the same and believe me i have also had someone snap a video of me didn’t realize it at the time but when i saw it i cracked up laughing the next day. come on we all need to relax a bit whether we are 2 legged or 4 legged animals. We just need to use some common sense when we do it whether it is the 4 legged or 2 legged .

  4. I suggest that you ask each cat if they want to be spayed or neutered too and get their explicit permission before doing so if you want to play this silly head-game.

    • Well, strictly speaking neutering is unethical (vis-a-vis the cat) but humans have created such a mess of cat domestication that we have to put aside ethics from the cat’s standpoint and do it but there is no such pressure to give cats catnip. It is not a head game.

  5. I’m just curious how the question of ethics came up with regard to giving cats catnip. Was it just a conversation starter? I’m happy to make my pets happy. It’s such an easy way to do it. I’ve learned to give it to them individually though, as when they partake in close proximity to another cat, they get too excited and often lash out at each other. I don’t think there’s any thought to the process; I think that when cats get hyper-stimulated almost anything can happen, and they almost can’t help it.

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