Is catnip and catmint the same thing?

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Our question this week was:

Dr. Debra – is catnip and catmint the same thing? Do cats like both of them?

Scarlett.

Answer

Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote asking if catnip and catmint were the same thing. They are different plants from the same genus Nepeta. This genus has over 240 species of plants in the family Lamiaceae. Catnip and catmint are members of this family. I believe they are considered part of the herb family.

They are different plants but both can have an affect on some cats – providing the cat can be stimulated by it.

For more information on how catnip affects cats – read this article –
Crazy for Catnip and Catmint.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra




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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.