This is why cats LOVE catnip (video evidence included)
For most cats, catnip is like candy for those who have a sweet tooth. However, what is it that makes them go so crazy? And is it JUST cats who are affected by it? Let’s find out!
Have you ever seen a cat dip into some recreational catnip? It usually makes cats act a little strange. They rub up against the catnip, roll in it and paw it. They are clearly enjoying themselves! And it’s even more enjoying to watch them :)
Example of such a cat:
#1 More about Catnip
Catnip, aka “Nepeta Cataria”, is a plant that’s a member of the mint family. When cats react to catnip, they’re really reacting to an organic molecule released by the plant known as “nepetalactone”. The plant uses it to repel insects like mosquitoes, ticks, and mites. But most cats are attracted to the stuff.
#2 How Cats React to the Plant
They will first start sniffing the catnip, then lick and chew it, sometimes rubbing their cheeks and chin or even their whole body against the leaves. Some cats will meow or even drool. I mean, they’re obviously into it, but the effects only last about 15 minutes. After that, catnip will have no effect on the cat for anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours.
#3 So What’s Going On?
Well, researchers think nepetalactone is similar to a cat’s natural pheromones, the molecules it uses to communicate. Once the compound gets into the cat’s nose, it bonds with the same receptors pheromones do, and the cat’s brain gets a signal that basically says, “Lots of pheromones over here!”
#4 Not Every Cat Does Respond to Catnip
Only about 50% to 70% of cats do. It’s genetic, and scientists are still looking to identify that gene. By the way, kittens don’t usually respond to catnip until they’re sexually mature.
#5 What About Big Cats?
Some big cats like lions and jaguars also respond to catnip, but other animals don’t use the same pheromones or have the same receptors, so catnip doesn’t affect them.
OK, now we are ready to enjoy some more hilarious videos and pics of cats that meet catnip. Choose your favorite video or photo and share your opinion in the comments below.
#1 Too much catnip
#2 Woke up to this disaster this morning
#3 I introduced my cat to catnip today…
#4 City the Kitty finds the catnip bag
#5 Cat tree came with catnip… he found the catnip first
#6 Catnip. Not even once
#7 Cat Had Too Much Catnip!
This plat is perfectly safe for cats. Catnip isn’t addictive, but a cat that’s often exposed to the stuff can become less sensitive to it. So if your kitty lokes catnip, it’s totally okay for them to indulge once in a while. By the way, if you like to learn new information about cats, check out these articles:
- Do cats get emotionally attached to their owners like dogs?
- Why do cats stare at nothing?
- Why do cats sleep in empty boxes? The greatest mystery is finally revealed
Do you enjoy these videos? Do you have a cat? Have you ever given it some catnip? Were there any funny effects? Share your stories in the comments below!
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