Do all cats like catnip?

20% of cats have no genetic response to catnip

Among the 80 % who do react, we break them down into three categories:

A: Kickers & Chasers: they will use two or four paws to feverishly kick the catnip pillow kicker toys and throw them around the room to chase and continue their wild kicking and rolling fun.

B: Lickers & Lovers: They will hold the catnip pillow toys in their paws, rub their face on it, roll on it,  lick it and\or suck on it to get the most catnip flavor until it is a soaking mess!

C: Combination of A & B

Why do cats like catnip?

Catnip is an aromatic herb in the mint family (Nepeta Cataria) The natural oils contained in the leaves and buds are what cats are genetically attracted to.

I just adopted a kitten, can I let her have catnip?

Most cats will not have their love\like relationship with catnip until about six months of age. For any cat who has never tried catnip, it is always best to give them a small amount for a short period of time, then take it away, to see how they will react.

I have dogs, is catnip safe for them?

Many of our cat lovers report they have canine brothers and sisters who love to play with catnip toys and also like to eat it. ( we are not convinced they are not just playing keep-away from their feline housemates, however, some non-cat homes buy our catnip for their dogs)

Is catnip safe for older cats?

You know your cat best and how much stimuli they can handle. Just like young cats or cats who have not experienced catnip, small amounts for short periods of time and then take it away is the best approach.

What if my cat eats the catnip?

Catnip is safe for cats to eat as long as any large pieces or stems are broken up first. Catnip is known to aid digestion in both people and cats (check out catnip tea for people) and helps with hairball production and maintenance.

How should I store my catnip toys?

If not in use, catnip sacks (dry) and loose catnip should be stored in an airtight container to maintain freshness and longevity. Don’t underestimate the curiosity and desire of your kitty with their Dr. Pussums Catnip Toys : the freezer is the only safe hiding place!

Is Dr. Pussums Brand catnip organic?

Dr. Pussums Brand catnip is insecticide and fungicide free. Commercial fertilizers are used to keep the soil, which is analyzed regularly,  healthy. Herbicides designed specifically for herbs in the mint family are used minimally and only when absolutely necessary in early spring.

Why are Dr. Pussums brand catnip toys better than other brands?

Imitations, including some that use certified organic catnip use inorganic fillers.  ALL of our catnip toys contain ONLY 100% of our Fancy Feline Elixir Natural Catnip, never any fillers.  Our catnip is insecticide and fungicide free and has the highest percentage of Nepetalactone content in the oil available at between 78-80%.  Nepetalactone is the substance in the oil of the catnip plant that gives cats the desired pleasure reaction. We use a variety of high quality durable, yet permeable fabrics for all of our catnip toys making them virtually kitty proof.  (We know some felines are so ferocious even our products won’t last forever) Our catnip toys and gifts are of the highest quality; hand made and hand screen printed by skilled MAINE crafters. Finished products are kept airtight and climate-controlled until we ship it directly to you or our independent partner retailers to maintain ultimate freshness. Dr. Pussums Fancy Feline Elixir Catnip toys and gifts are “Wicked GOOD for your cat’s pleasure and good health”. Let your cat be the test! We are confident you won’t find another better catnip toy!


DISCLAIMER: No information provided on this page should be interpreted as medical advice. As always, when concerned about the health and wellness of your pet, please consult a licensed veterinary professional for appropriate medical advice.


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  • All of my cats loved them! I would travel almost two hours to get them!

    - Beth Moore
  • Dr. Pussums catnip is the best catnip out there! I have purchased other catnip toys from big-box stores as well as from smaller shops on Etsy and nothing compares. My cat goes absolutely wild for their catnip, so it has been my go-to for the past few years. I was especially thrilled when I found the ‘kicker’ long catnip pillow, as my cat loves to kick. These catnip pillows are made to withstand even the most rambunctious playtime. Not only that, but the packaging and colors they come in are adorable. Love the seasonal items!

    - Jennifer & Milky Way
  • I still will only buy Dr. Pussum’s catnip for my kitties. I especially love that it’s not only made in America but made in Maine…my home state! I always recommend it to all my cat loving friends because it’s pure catnip – no dangerous fillers.

    - Mary Jo Hinkle
  • The bags last and last because there is no filler or fluff.

    - Shanna O
  • I’ve tried all brands of catnip toys, nothing compares to Dr. Pussums. Years ago we were on a trip to Canada and stopped at an artists co-op, they had catnip toys and we wanted to grab a few for the cats. They absolutely loved them, in fact, after 4 years they still enjoy them, periodically I spray catnip oil on them. But nothing has ever compared to Dr. Pussums, well worth the reasonable price. Highly recommended !!! Just ask my cats ❤️

    - Iris C
  • My cat is going crazy over these fun catnip filled items. I ordered the Wicked Kick-Ah and the Kick Nip. My cat is 14 years old and is acting like a kitten.

    - Audrey M
  • One of my cats had never reacted to catnip and was never a big fan of toys. I was given one of your catnip sacks and he loved it! They have been a constant in my house ever since.

    - Kyrie Sawicki
  • I highly recommend Dr. Pussums for your fur family. So much better than the ones you find in the stores.

    - Audrey Murphy
  • I love Dr. Pussums because my cats and my dog love them so much! Only toy all three of them will play with! It is very amusing to watch a pup, play with a cat toy! Also the quality and durability is fantastic.

    - Alisha Marie
  • The sacks keep them busy for a long time! Marinated mice are a favorite for a evening snack! The nickel bag is great for spreading cheer around on the cat scratchers, and trees!

    - Beth M
  • I have purchased cat toys several times from this company. My five cats love them! Out of all the catnip toys I’ve ever bought, the toys from Pussums are their absolute favorite! The toys are filled with catnip and no fillers and come in so many different sizes and colors. I don’t live close enough to visit their retail store but ordering online is easy and shipping is always prompt

    - Suzanne K
  • My cat Chloe was actually chewing the package before I got home. If you love your kitties get them some Dr Pussums and they will love you for it!!

    - Brenda B
  • We have more cats than is reasonable or sane. Everyone has their specific likes and dislikes and the only thing they agree on is Dr. Pussums. They can smell it through the bag. 

    - Shanna O
  • I love Dr. Pussums there is no other! My cat went crazy rolling on the invoice, since I had to hide the box for Christmas.

    - Stephanie Wilking
  • Our older cat won’t touch any catnip that isn’t Dr. Pussums! She’s almost nine and has really slowed her pace, but when she gets a pillow she’s once again a crazy kitten. It’s so much fun to watch.

    - Trishea S
  • This is absolutely THE BEST catnip. It’s so strong smelling – and it lasts and lasts! I have given it to friends who have cats and they all said they never saw their cat go so nuts for catnip! Now it’s the only catnip they buy too.  Plus, I love that I’m supporting a small business in Maine run by the nicest people who give back to their community.

    - Tanya D
  • My cats LOVE the stuff. I have been a customer for many years, and I love the nightshirts, and the kitty pads!

    - Sharon felton
  • My cats have been loving Dr. Pussums for years! They have the bigger squares and kickers and are often seen cuddling them. The owner takes in elderly cats and loves them like she had them forever. Thank you Dr. Pussums

    - Lisa S
  • My cats love them! They can smell the nip through the box! They act like kids on Christmas morning when a box arrives!

    - Beth M
  • Best catnip ever!! I’d gotten my cats the small bags in the past. I ordered the new Wicked Kick-Ah nips and my cat CJ went bonkers over it! I swear I thought I heard him say “I love you” to his tie-dyed kicker.

    - Brenda Barth