Why Do Cats Like Catnip?

Why Do Cats Like Catnip?

Catnip! Cats roll in it, rub their cheeks on it and paw at it… but what is it about this stuff that gets our feline friends caught up in such a frenzy?

Hosted by: Olivia Gordon

Special thanks to Animal Wonders Montana for letting us use a clip from their episode “Catnip Experiment”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmW9Lh-Ff0g
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Sources:

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/bk-2011-1090.ch004
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11043684
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF00987747
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1480656/
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003347266801008
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3834921
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22354638
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF02858923
http://pets.webmd.com/cats/catnip-effects-on-cats
http://www.cnn.com/2011/LIVING/04/30/5.things.catnip.mnn/
http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-04/catnip-effects-humans

Images:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AShorty-on-catnip.JPG
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ACatnip_%2C_Nepeta_cataria.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ANepetalactone_chemical_structure.png
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AGillie_stalking_the_catnip_(2587001371).jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ACatnip-effects.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ASilver_Vine_(Scindapsus_pictus)_1.jpg

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20 Responses

  1. Xaeravoq says:

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  2. bart tehe says:

    do less hand thing and try again GO!!

  3. Rudresh Ryan says:

    After seeing so much talk about the host. why do we even care? for all it
    matters it can be a ostrich dressed in a frock with Morgan Freeman’s voice
    over it.

    this actually sounds amazing. SciShow, Make this happen.

  4. Christiaan Baron says:

    interesting looking young man hosting this video

  5. Pata Fea says:

    Brilliant! Great presentation, super natural in front of the camera.

  6. veronicaharris says:

    Constructive criticism: well spoken clear and easy to understand, but
    please please please watch how much you use your hands. I legit couldn’t
    focus at the end and have no idea what you said until I closed my eyes.

    Good luck in future.

  7. Joe Light says:

    Where is Hank ?! :(

  8. SHAWN DIEVUIL says:

    Who are u 😓😲

  9. Brad de la Roche says:

    She looks like she would be offended by most everything…

  10. Gavin Earnshaw says:

    She’s like a real life Amy.

  11. IstasPumaNevada says:

    Thanks Olivia! Keep up the great work! :)

  12. Celestine says:

    My kittens are too young for catnip to work on them.

  13. xzenitramx666 says:

    my cat loves poison ivy.

  14. fidelio says:

    why does alcohol evaporate faster than water?

  15. furmal86 says:

    stop moving so much you are distracting me from listening to you.

  16. Dan Walsh says:

    Please remove your nose ring for your next broadcast.

  17. RisenRealm says:

    Catnip actually is safe for cats…. fucking all this time i was told its
    bad for them >_< god damn it. Thank you

  18. Entomoligist says:

    Is there any plant that responds to our pheromones, like it does to cats?
    How would we react to it?

  19. Sinclairelim says:

    Who is this? Is this scishow still? What am i watching?
    WHY WAS THERE NO INTRODUCTION TO THE GUEST HOST

  20. celiflor grimaldi says:

    Nobody cares about cats let them die!!!