or Connect
TheCatSite.com › Forums › Our Feline Companions › Care & Grooming › Valerian Root VS Cat Nip
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Valerian Root VS Cat Nip

post #1 of 38
Thread Starter 
just wondering if anyone else here has discovered Valerian root for cats. Its a safe natural herb that my kitties go nuts for, my boyfriend opens the bag, and even the fat one comes running from anywhere in the house, and EVERYONE say their pleases and thank you's before and after hand i've starting making little 'pillows' with a little Valerian root in it, and they rub it and drool over it for hours lol.
post #2 of 38
I've heard of Valerian or Honeysuckle causing cat-nip like reactions. Mine don't respond to anything
post #3 of 38
sensitivity to catnip is thought to be genetic.

I'll have to read up on Valerian root, I've heard this before, and in fact think some pet specialty places are starting to sell it. Thanks for starting the thread!

know someone in another forum who swears by peppermint for cat-nip like reactions, but I've never seen a single cat of mine react to peppermint. I think her cat just likes the crinkly paper the peppermint candy is wrapped in

I grow my own cat nip and know that not all cat nip is the same. My cats react to their own in the garden or when dried, and certain superior cat nip I buy from a place in Maine, but they general have no interest in the kind that comes from the grocery store (they get gifts of it from well meaning friends)
post #4 of 38
I think that my Maggie would react to Valerian. I have some herbal sleeping pills that contain Valerian, and Maggie will jump into the waste basket to grab the foil wrapper that was around it, and carry it all over the house. I think I need to do a Google search, and figure out where to get some Valerian and Honeysuckle to try on the kitties!
post #5 of 38
This is the first I've heard of this, of course don't know if Autumn would like it. She does enjoy her catnip tho.
post #6 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thehouseofgods View Post
just wondering if anyone else here has discovered Valerian root for cats. Its a safe natural herb that my kitties go nuts for, my boyfriend opens the bag, and even the fat one comes running from anywhere in the house, and EVERYONE say their pleases and thank you's before and after hand i've starting making little 'pillows' with a little Valerian root in it, and they rub it and drool over it for hours lol.
Is Valium made from Valerian? I didn't know for sure and I had dropped a Valium on the floor and it rolled somewhere never to be found again. I know Alley would never touch it but Persi might but I think it is under the dresser. If Persi shows up slobbering and wild eyed I will know. Of course I could askWIKI but that involves effort...
post #7 of 38
They use Valerian at the cat shows to calm cats down.
So many breeders have suggested it to me for Cleo.
Do not use the oral kind because it can have bad effects on a cat.

post #8 of 38
I have heard of this but I don't know where to get it...

So far I have only found ONE site and I am a person who likes to price around...

I have a cat who does not react to catnip at all, not even KITTYHOOCH, completely disproving all of their claims that even a cat who doesn't react will...
post #9 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by otto View Post

know someone in another forum who swears by peppermint for cat-nip like reactions, but I've never seen a single cat of mine react to peppermint. I think her cat just likes the crinkly paper the peppermint candy is wrapped in

I grow my own cat nip and know that not all cat nip is the same. My cats react to their own in the garden or when dried, and certain superior cat nip I buy from a place in Maine, but they general have no interest in the kind that comes from the grocery store (they get gifts of it from well meaning friends)

Cat nip is from the mint family.

I have a nice pot of cat nip outside, doesn't do a thing for my cats but the neighbourhood cats sure enjoy it
post #10 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by missymotus View Post
Cat nip is from the mint family.

I have a nice pot of cat nip outside, doesn't do a thing for my cats but the neighbourhood cats sure enjoy it
Yes, cat nip is from the mint family, which is why I have to restart my plants every few years. There is other mint that grows wild nearby, and the cat-nip cross pollinates with it, so my cat nip loses it's potency.
post #11 of 38
I have a pot of catnip outside as well. My cats don't do anything with catnip, but my 2 neighbor cats, Mango & Peach love to sit in it! Their owner likes to garden, so I'm thinking of growing some for her and giving it to her to sit on their front porch. They don't like to stay in their own backyard because of the dogs. I tell my neighbor they like coming to my yard because I supply them with drugs!
post #12 of 38
Sure am familiar with valerian I have a large selection of valerian blend cat toys, and have designed a few. My cats love it, and I know of non-catnip responder kitties who like it very much as well.

I have a good faq on my site that you can read, if you'd like some more details about it. I will caution you though..my poor husband can tell if I've had any valerian toy, or valerian/catnip blend toy out, or even scooped 1 spoonful of my blend..the smell is one he's quite sensitive to!
post #13 of 38
I've never heard of kitties loving valerian root either but I will give it a go now. My cat absolutely loves catnip. He comes running when I get it out and paws the bag and rubs around me purring waiting for me to put some one the floor. Then he rolls onto his back and has a tummy rub and just rolls about in it. He gets it on his paws and starts rubbing it round his face. It is the cutest sight ever. He purrs so much that it sounds like a little engine running
I hope he likes valerian root too!
post #14 of 38
I order all my herbs from Rose Mountain Herbs in Oregon. All of their stock is either certified organic or ethically wild-harvested, so you don't have to worry about weird chemicals. They sell everything from Catnip to Valerian to Honeysuckle, resins like Frankincense and Myrrh, teas, etc. Quite a nice site, too, and you can get free shipping if you buy in bulk. Just FYI for anyone wanting to do a bit of investigating.
post #15 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by SamhainBorn View Post
I order all my herbs from Rose Mountain Herbs in Oregon. All of their stock is either certified organic or ethically wild-harvested, so you don't have to worry about weird chemicals. They sell everything from Catnip to Valerian to Honeysuckle, resins like Frankincense and Myrrh, teas, etc. Quite a nice site, too, and you can get free shipping if you buy in bulk. Just FYI for anyone wanting to do a bit of investigating.
Indeed! They are one source for the valerian I use in my toys.
post #16 of 38
Also, Cuddles is fascinated by the scent of Mullein leaf. Prissy seems to be fond of strips of dried ginger root. She rubs her face on them, but doesn't really chew on them. :-) Strange babies. Always getting into my herb cabinet. :-)
post #17 of 38
Out of curiousity how can you tell if your cat is reacting to the catnip or the toy the catnip is in. All three of mine will play with their catnip buddies extensively to the point where Ive gotten growled at when I tried to take them to play two (stingy little boogers). But the only thing Ive noticed is that all three of mine take naps after playing with their toys and Hercules drools like a maniac while playing with them (he is a drooler to begin with but its like looking at a st bernard after he plays with his buddies)......Hmmmmmmm I wonder if I have a couple addicts on my hands with Herc and GiGi being the main players in the house!!!!
post #18 of 38
My cats like catnip, but they go absolutely nuts over valerian !!

Years ago we consulted a cat behavioural counselor for Mimosa's anxiety issues, and she recommended (amongst other things) giving her a tablespoon of ground valerian root daily to relieve stress. The other kitties love it as well and now we still give it for recreational purposes

I also put some valerian in their carriers before we go to the vet, it really calms them down. The only downside is the stuff stinks !

My cats also enjoy matatabi sticks. They are branches from some kind of Japanese kiwi plant. The cats rub the sticks on themselves and chew them:

post #19 of 38
Hm, I've never heard of Matatabi! I'll have to look that up!
post #20 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by SamhainBorn View Post
Hm, I've never heard of Matatabi! I'll have to look that up!
I've found that in English it is called Silvervine or Chinese cat powder plant. The Latin name is Actinidia polygama.
post #21 of 38

No. Valium is not made from Valerian. I know the words sound similar and both have a calming effect. But the drug is a chemical compound. The root is a natural herb,.

post #22 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kittygal View Post

No. Valium is not made from Valerian. I know the words sound similar and both have a calming effect. But the drug is a chemical compound. The root is a natural herb,.

Hi Kittygal. wavey.gif Welcome to TCS. We'd love to have you introduce yourself and your kitties in the New Cats on the Block forum.

Just wanted to point out that this thread is over 2 years old, and it's likely that many of those who posted befoe will not see your response.
post #23 of 38

I second the TCS welcome. Do you have cats? I'm sure lots of members would love for you to introduce yourself and your cats in the New Cats section. We always love meeting new cat people!

 

It's interesting you chose to post in this article, and with the information you did. May I ask what brought you to TCS?

post #24 of 38

In fact, a few cats do react to peppermint. Mine for example likes to drink peppermint tea. It makes cats calm :)

post #25 of 38

My cats know when I open up my Valerian Tincture I use to help me sleep..they come a runnin' I put one tiny drop for each of my cats on the floor. They lick it and fall over like they they just took a hit of some kind of drug LOL..it is too funny!!  

post #26 of 38

I don't believe I've ever tried  Valerian with my two.  They enjoy their catnip well enough though. laughing02.gif

post #27 of 38

My cat did have a reaction to peppermint oil i use, so its not just the wrapper the one womans cat liked. And our other cat just went nuts over my bottle of valerian root capsules. ill have to try that one as long as its safe for them. ;)

post #28 of 38
Funny this thread being revived today. I've just ordered my cats a valerian/catnip toy. Also one stuffed with honeysuckle. They are such catnip snobs because they grow their own, I thought I'd try something new for them.
post #29 of 38

Well i must say the 4 cats that where around LOVED the valerian root. I just opened one of my capsules and rubbed a tiny bit on their cat toys and tree, and they went nuts. more so than with the catnip. (which grows in our yard and i dry for them) They love the catnip too but this they just had to have. catman.gifThe nice thing is they are all sleeping now. good toy before bed lol 

post #30 of 38
The Valerian toy bombed here, and I can't say I'm sorry, the smell is...to me..disgusting. If anyone would like to give it a try for free, I've posted an ad in the classified section, The Market Place I mean.

Jennie likes the honeysuckle toy, though. clap.gif
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Care & Grooming
TheCatSite.com › Forums › Our Feline Companions › Care & Grooming › Valerian Root VS Cat Nip