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 Post subject: Can a cat OD on catnip?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 12:23 pm 
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We bought some catnip toys yesterday and put them in our cats bed and went to bed. The cat was active (not Sadie) before we went to bed, but when we came down, instead of running upto us buzzing away he was "stunned". He slept in the basket all night with the catnip!

Right now he is shaking like a man who has gone 'cold turkey'!
He isnt his normal, Siamese self!

Can cats OD on catnip?!

James


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 3:31 pm 
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Hi

In view of Sadie also being unwell I would take him today to get a check up at the vet. I know it is Sunday but you could possibly meet them at the vets to avoid a call out fee, if you are concerned re the fee.
That is what I would do rather than wait till tomorrow. Better safe than sorry.

The shaking could be a fever and the "stunned" attitude may be just because he is very unwell.

HTH

Elsa


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 8:03 pm 
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Samsung is fine now - 100% back to his normal self! I think he really DID OD on Catnip. If it wasnt that, it might be that we put a Bob Martin flea collar on him yesterday - maybe he was allergic to it?
They were the only changes made to him, and once we removed them he was fine again!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 5:11 pm 
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Hi

Glad to hear it. I am not a fan of those flea collars.
I've never heard of a problem with cat nip before.

How is Sadie?

Elsa


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 5:14 pm 
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I am still waiting on the vet to call me back. He has the results and was meant to call me between 3pm and 4pm. I called them and was told it would be around 4pm now - but still no call.
It's really annoying me, as they won't call me when they are in surgery and they won't call me when in consultations so I have to catch them between sessions!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 5:27 pm 
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Hi James

Glad to hear Samsung is back to normal. I'd be more inclined to suspect the flea collar. I've heard some real horror stories re flea collars and had an unsettling experience myself.

Hartz flea collars are apparently the worst, have a look at this link: http://www.HartzVictims.org

We bought our very first pet Bengal a flea collar, can't remember what brand now as it was many years ago...anyway, like Samsung our cat was very sleepy and lethargic so we took the collar off to make him more comfortable (not suspecting it as being the cause)...he perked-up within a few hours. The next day I put the collar back on thinking he was OK and sure enough the symptoms came back. I threw the collar away and have never used one since.

I did a bit of research on the Net and it appears that the pesticide used in some collars can be pretty lethal to the cat as well as to the flea. I'd NEVER use one again. I tell all new kitten owners to buy their flea treatment from a vet and never to trust a collar.

I know your collar wasn't a Hartz one but neither was the one I had :evil:

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 12:35 am 
Very much sounds like the flea collar to me too....

Apparently, cats only react to catnip for a few minutes, after which it has no effect for several hours.....


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