If you've been a cat parent, you know the amusement of watching kitty go bonkers after being given catnip. They well have several minutes of joyful play, and then flop down for rest.
Many new cat parents wonder how often they should give their feline furbabies catnip. The answer may vary depending on the age and health of your cat, but many experts feel that once a week is best. When it comes to kittens, it is best to hold off on giving them catnip until they are at least 5 to 7 months old. They should at least be done with weaning.
It is important to keep in mind that not all cats fall for the allure of catnip. Also, the older your cat is, the less likely your cat will have a substantial reaction to it.
My cat is an elderly cat, and she does respond to the catnip I give her (once a week). She will sniff it, chew it, and rub her face down on it and flop to her side and stretch. She won't play like she did in her younger years. When she was younger, we would give her and her sisters catnip, and they would go bonkers. It was so funny to watch.
I would highly recommend giving catnip to your cat once a week. If you have questions about giving your cat catnip, contact your veterinarian.