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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Anyone know of the effect of Valerian Root on cats?

It's a bit of a long story, but needless to say a caplet full of Valarian Root got lost in the house, and just turned up being played with by Hobbes. I rescued the poor caplet and tossed it, but I guess the scent (and maybe traces of it) are now in the carpet on which it was laying, and Sunny has just gotten absolutely OBSESSED with that patch of carpet. She's licking it, clawing it, biting it, etc.

So, I ask, because both of my kitties have now ingested a bit of this, is it going to harm them? It just happened within the hour, and nothing by way of an adverse reaction has been spotted with them yet, but I just want to be sure.

Anyone know?

Thanks for your replies.
post #2 of 17
I think they will be just fine - if you are worried keep an eye on them!!
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
Another note...if anyone knows of a website that has maybe a listing of things that are poisonous to cats, could you please pm it to me? Thanks!!
post #4 of 17
Valarian root and honeysuckle are supposed to work a bit like catnip.

This site has a list of things kitty shouldn't eat
post #5 of 17
www.meowhoo.com just look under the health category
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by GirlieQ
Valarian root and honeysuckle are supposed to work a bit like catnip.

This site has a list of things kitty shouldn't eat
That would explain why Sunny STILL won't leave that particular spot of the carpet alone!! The spot of carpet is totally WET now from her licking it!! LOL!!
post #7 of 17
Cats love it, but its' a stimulant for cats, not calming agent it is in people.
post #8 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by maherwoman
Anyone know of the effect of Valerian Root on cats?

It's a bit of a long story, but needless to say a caplet full of Valarian Root got lost in the house, and just turned up being played with by Hobbes. I rescued the poor caplet and tossed it, but I guess the scent (and maybe traces of it) are now in the carpet on which it was laying, and Sunny has just gotten absolutely OBSESSED with that patch of carpet. She's licking it, clawing it, biting it, etc.

So, I ask, because both of my kitties have now ingested a bit of this, is it going to harm them? It just happened within the hour, and nothing by way of an adverse reaction has been spotted with them yet, but I just want to be sure.

Anyone know?

Thanks for your replies.
They'll be fine, just stoned I make up my own blend of catnip and valerian root, it's very popular with my cats!
post #9 of 17
ps for more information on honeysuckle or valerian, I have a faq about each on my website.
post #10 of 17
Valerian root is pretty much (safe) "kitty dope". Some cats that don't react to catnip will go into ecstasy when exposed to valerian root.
post #11 of 17
lol my kitties try to get into my valerian bottle lol
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
That's so funny!! I had no idea about how much cats love valarean root!!

Thanks, guys!!
post #13 of 17
Thank you for asking... as I was going to use valerian as a calming agent..lol.. throws that idea out window...
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by sharky
Thank you for asking... as I was going to use valerian as a calming agent..lol.. throws that idea out window...

hehe its calming for people..but..yeah for kitties lol
post #15 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by sharky
Thank you for asking... as I was going to use valerian as a calming agent..lol.. throws that idea out window...
From what I've read in cat magazines, valerian is a calming agent for cats if ingested, but otherwise, i.e., sniffed, it's a stimulant.
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by jcat
From what I've read in cat magazines, valerian is a calming agent for cats if ingested, but otherwise, i.e., sniffed, it's a stimulant.
So far...Alix just plays with her new valerian spiced catnip toy like any catnip toy, but she is intensely interested in it. A sample of the blend I made, did cause a friend's kitty to tear a hole in a room door to get to it, but then he simply got silly and stoned as he does with plain catnip.

I guess it may be an very individual response. Of all the valerian toys I've had no feedback from folks indicating it acted as a stimulant (these toys had polyfill and were spritzed with valerian root oil - diluted oil).
post #17 of 17
my cat drinks my velarian tea. i cant keep him out of it. nothong harmgul in it.
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