Can cats have mint?

My kitten loves to chew on our toothbrushes and now will lick the sink after I spit mouthwash in it. Is the mint harmful? Is toothpaste harmful?

Asked by Harry on Jan 27th 2012 in Health & Wellness
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An actual mint plant isn't toxic to cats (it's a close relative to catnip, although typically cats don't go for actual mint) but if your toothpaste or mouthwash contain any actual mint it's probably in the form of very concentrated essential oil which is a bit more of a grey area, and more importantly they probably contain any of a number of toxic substances like flouride, alcohol, sulfates, peroxide, triclosan, xylitol (toxic when swallowed by pets, not people)etc. These products typically have warning labels for people not to swallow them, so it should go without saying they aren't safe for feline consumption.

Since you know Harry is excited by the smell of your toothpaste and mouthwash please be sure to give the sink a quick rinse off when you're done with your oral hygiene- keeps your sink cleaner anyway. As for your poor toothbrush, be sure to rinse it thoroughly after you use it and if he still likes to chew on it look into getting a cover for it and let Harry have an old one.

Cali answered on 1/27/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer