Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: February 2, 2023 by Crystal Uys


Only about 50% of cats are affected by catnip, and not all cats react the same. For those that do respond, reactions will vary based on the strength and quality of the product. Cats will typically roll around in it, jump and run around, rub their faces in it, drool, and purr. Typically, a catnip “high” last about ten or fifteen minutes. Once the energy dissipates, most cats will be very relaxed and ready for a nap.

Catnip comes in many different forms, and you may have to experiment a bit to see what your cat prefers if she’s among the 50% who respond to it.

We had a chance to review a form of catnip that was new to us: compressed catnip balls.


Raw Paws’ compressed catnip balls contain nothing but catnip, no additives or preservatives. In addition to stimulating play, catnip also has digestive benefits when ingested, and the nap that usually follows a catnip high can help relieve stress. However, although Raw Paws claims on the product description that the balls promote oral health, that is not something I believe is true. I seriously doubt that any scraping action from chewing on the balls will reduce plaque and tartar – this is no different than the myth that dry food cleans teeth, a myth that just won’t die.

Allegra had a lot of fun with these little balls, but human, be forewarned: they’re solid, hard balls, and you’re not going to want to step on one in the middle of the night with bare feet!

The catnip balls are available from Raw Paws.

About Raw Paws

Raw Paws’ mission is to make it practical, affordable, and accessible for pet parents to provide their furry family members with the healthiest pet food, treats, chews, supplements and more. All of their products are sourced in the US from responsible and ethical farms, and are hormone, antibiotic and GMO-free. Their products are minimally processed and don’t contain any additives or fillers.

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3 Comments on Review: Raw Paws Compressed Catnip Balls

  1. I may get these catnip balls for the cats at the shelter where I volunteer. I know they would love them.

  2. I’m going to purchase them for my sweeties, but I know that one night, morning or noon time, I’ll step on one or more of these balls. I just know it.

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