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Catnip = mean, nasty and aggressive

post #1 of 18
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So this sweet little kitty Patches who WAS up for adoption apparently turns into a psychotic cat from hell while under the influence of catnip.

A few days ago was the first incident. I showed her a canvas catnip filled pouch. She LOVED it, she sucked it until it was just a sloppy wet mess, she drooled all over it, rubbed it. When I tried to take it away she loudly growled and whined at me. A few minutes later when I got up to leave the room, she latched on to my leg and left 8 nice deep perfectly spaced bleeding puncture wounds on my leg. She took 2 bites and then let go and ran off.

Today she was under the influence of the canvas catnip bag once again and she aggressively attacked my cat Pwne, who is the alpha cat in the house. Throughout the day, while not under the influence, she layed peacefully and hung out and napped right there with all the cats including Pwne. But this incident, she would not give up. She chased her, jumped on her, there was LOUD screaming, I am suprised she didn't bite Pwne. Pwne peed herself and when I pulled Patches off her (and caged her) and went to find Pwne. Pwne, my fearless normally bully cat, was cowering on the top of the counter with her ears laying flat on her head...

Anyone ever experience the psychotic after effects of catnip overdose?
post #2 of 18
none of my cats really show an interest in catnip but its said to have that possible side affect when the scent is inhaled but the opposite affect when eaten.
post #3 of 18
Oh dear, I hope you treated those bites. They can get very nasty in no time. Even with medical treatment mine were infected in just a few hours, and horribly painful once the swelling started.

Tomas gets a little weird on catnip but luckily no where near as aggressive as your cat Patches.
He tends to kick and bite at himself, and if I touch him he'll be too rough with me.

I'm going to guess that just like some drugs (and medication) can have adverse affects on people, cats can have the same problem. Probably best to keep the catnip and anything minty away from Patches.
post #4 of 18
Wow, that is definitely a extreme reaction! How long have you known her? Sometimes catnip stimulates delirious aggressive play versus the mellow catnip-catnap effect, though this sounds beyond......If she is new to the surroundings and you, within 6 months even, it could easily be some pent up aggression that she is already feeling and capable of but the catnip just opened up the door, sort of speak......
post #5 of 18
I hope everything is calming down now, Jen.

My cats have gotten frisky under the influence. They start wrestling around a lot with it sometimes getting out of hand. I give it to them minimally because of that. They havent been out right violent, but it would not surprise me, if I let them have it in large amounts (especially kiko) that he could get wild on it.
post #6 of 18
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Oh I have only had Patches a couple of weeks. Who knows why she did it, but sh is going back to the guy I got her from temporarily until we can figure out what to do. He had asked me to help find Patches and her kittens homes. I agreed of course but he gave away all the kittens for free before I could do anything. He is a nice guy just clueless. But he loved this cat, it is just too much for him and his wife to handle, they are both sick and old. But he stops over all the time and is practically in tears when I mention her. But he told me the other day that if I can't find a home just give her back and he will pay me back for the cost of spaying and vaccinating her. I just might have to take him up on that offer! She makes me nervous now.
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by Jen View Post
Oh I have only had Patches a couple of weeks. Who knows why she did it, but sh is going back to the guy I got her from temporarily until we can figure out what to do. He had asked me to help find Patches and her kittens homes. I agreed of course but he gave away all the kittens for free before I could do anything. He is a nice guy just clueless. But he loved this cat, it is just too much for him and his wife to handle, they are both sick and old. But he stops over all the time and is practically in tears when I mention her. But he told me the other day that if I can't find a home just give her back and he will pay me back for the cost of spaying and vaccinating her. I just might have to take him up on that offer! She makes me nervous now.
Yeah, you don't want to have that unpredictable fear in your home, especially towards your other cats. Though spaying her and her going back to her original home may be exactly what she needs! Hope it works out! Cheers to you for giving it a shot! Maybe she was very confused and holding in a lot of fear and aggression between new home, loss of kittens.........
post #8 of 18
what about just not using catnip?
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by jaycee View Post
what about just not using catnip?
That is what I was going to say. If she is a sweet cat without the nip, don't give it to her. Seems simple enough.
post #10 of 18
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Oh she defiantely is not getting any more catnip, that's for sure. But I am not going to leave her out here with my cats around, not with what happened today. She will go back to the original owner and stay there until i can find her a home. I don't want her to be caged her in my hot room forever.
post #11 of 18
Jen, the cat was fine until YOU gave it the catnip, and now you're punishing her for behaving in a way she otherwise hadn't up until then (though ANY cat you get could bite at ANY time for many reasons). Why are you punishing her for something that is probably unlikely to ever happen again unless you give her more catnip? I find this awful, as she was reacting e.g. the way some people do when intoxicated, but who are otherwise absolutely nice and normal without alcohol.
post #12 of 18
but if she has other cats then she can not always make sure she dosnt get any cat nip. and plus she took on the cat to try and rehome anyway which by the sounds of things the before owner is going to take her back so she will be in her home again. i so understand why she is doing it. i took on a cat to find a home for was a sweet loving cat, but decided to hate my cats 4 months it took me to find the right home and most of that time he had to be caged because he caused so much damage to my own cats i couldnt risk it.
she has spayed her so at least she wont have any more litters, and shes going back to an owner who loves her.
post #13 of 18
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I don't see how I could be punishing her. She bite me and attacked my cat and I didn't throw her out the back door right away or anything. She is still in my house and will be until I can get her back to her original owner who said he would take her back if I can't find a home for her. I have catnip all over my house, my cats LOVE it, I have catnip growing in little pots and everything. There is no way she wouldn't get any being at my place. I will not have her attacking my cat either. I do what I can for the foster cats, but my cats come first. I will not stress my cats out, if there are issues, the adoptable cat goes first, whether it be back to its original owner, to a sanctuary or to another foster home with less or no cats.
post #14 of 18
This is a foster cat, not one of Jen's own cats, not a cat that she has given a permanent home to, but one she is looking after while trying to find it a home. The safety and wellbeing of her own cats should come first, especially if there are alternative foster arrangements that will work out better - surely the happiness of all creatures in the house is important?
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by Epona View Post
This is a foster cat, not one of Jen's own cats, not a cat that she has given a permanent home to, but one she is looking after while trying to find it a home. The safety and wellbeing of her own cats should come first, especially if there are alternative foster arrangements that will work out better - surely the happiness of all creatures in the house is important?
Thank you! I think it is the best option for her.
post #16 of 18
Some cats have a HIGH reaction to catnip, some will mellow out, and some will ignore it. IMO since you know she reacts negatively, then do not give it to her or only let her have a very small amount and keep her away from other cats for a few hours till it wears off.

And please be sure she has her nails trimmed before you give her any more catnip - you don't want her to hurt another cat (or yourself).
post #17 of 18
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Oh they are trimmed, they were actually trimmed already, it wasn't her claws that did damage, she used her teeth. I have 8 perfectly placed teeth marks on my leg.
post #18 of 18
I can understand if all the rest of your cats are used to having cat nip available. That would be a hard position, and as long as she is going back to the original owner for now, that is probably for the best. Keeping her in a room by herself is an option, but harder on the kitty (especially if it get so hot.) I do think you are doing the right thing for her. Just make sure the original owner doesn't just drop her off at a shelter somewhere. Some cats do get aggressive from catnip and it sounds like she is one of them. I didn't realize you had it planted around your house where she, and your other babies, could get to it at any time.
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