For most cats, catnip is like crack. but what is it that makes them go so crazy? and is it JUST cats who are affected by it? Hey guys, Tara here for Dnews and those of you out there who own cats have probably, at some point, gone to the pet store and purchased catnip. They love it, right? At the time, you probably didnt give it much thought but realize that every time you give your cat catnip, youre actually dosing them with a psychoactive drug. Its like weed.
For cats, basically. so how does it work? and why do cats go so crazy for it? Well, the proper name for catnip is Nepeta cataria. Its part of the mint family, but its special because the entire plant is coated in these tiny microscopic bulbs that contain a chemical called nepetalactone, which gets released whenever those bulbs rupture. And that chemical is what draws cats to the plant. When they inhale it, it binds to the receptors in their nose, and stimulates neurons that.
Lead to their brain, altering several key areas including the hypothalamus, which is the part of the brain that regulates emotions. Essentially, it triggers a reaction that makes cats feel intoxicated and euphoric. Similar to how humans feel when they take certain drugs. The key difference though, is that all humans respond differently to various drugs whereas cats have a very predictable and consistent response to catnip. When they smell it, they.
All react pretty much the same way. that said, there is a subset of the feline population that appears to be immune to the effects of catnip. Its estimated that around 2030% of cats dont react to it at all, but the ones who do react the same. Theres basically no inbetween. So its theorized that this is some kind of genetic trait that gets passed down. Which makes sense, since a lot of wild cat breeds like lions and tigers are also affected by it.
But what about humans? can we feel the effects of catnip? Well, believe it or not humans have been using catnip off and on for the past 400 years. In the 1600s, Europeans brewed tea with it, made juice out of it, and even smoked or chewed it claiming that it produced a mild sedative effect. It was also believed to be a cure for colic in babies, for a short time. As recently as the 1960s, some people even used it as a substitute for marijuana, saying that it caused hallucinations and euphoria.
although scientists eventually debunked that. their hypothesis was that it cant affect us as intensely as it does cats, because our brains and olfactory systems what we use to smell are structured very differently. But that doesnt mean catnip doesnt have ANY benefits for humans. Also in the 1960s, researchers WERE able to find one clearcut use of it: as a mosquito repellent. Apparently, the active chemical in catnip also works as a natural repellent to mosquitos, and is actually MORE effective than DEET. The only problem.
Is, it wears off much more quickly. still, you can totally find supplements online that contain catnip essence, as well as others. So if youre one of those people who doesnt like using harsh chemicals then you may wanna give it a try. What do you guys think? Especially those of you with cats are they down with nip, or do they not care at all? You can let us know your answers in the comments below otherwise, thanks for watching!.
6 Things Your Cat is Saying to You
Talking about a little miscommunication, I want to go over some real basic cat body language that you probably said, oh he means this. And it is completely in left field. The first one, Halloween cat, right?.
You’ve seen it before. Cat with arched back, tail up in the air, and making themselves totally puffed up. And we interpret that as aggression. In reality what it is, is pretty much the opposite. It’s fear.
The cat will blow up, sort of tough, in order to make themselves appear bigger, because they’re afraid of something that just happened. The second one, the old, cat laying on his or her back, right? Now, when you see your dog lay on his or her back,.
You go in for the tummy rub. Those of you who have reached in to rub your cat’s belly, you get bit or scratched. I call this the cat hug, because what they’re doing is exposing the most vulnerable part of themselves, their midline.
If you are facing a potential predator, this is that place that you do not want exposed, right? When a human hugs another human, we are exposing our midline to that other person. It is a mutual show of risktaking and emotional trust.
Cats do the same thing by showing you that. That does not mean, come on in for a belly rub. Now let’s talk about the big one, the wagging tail. Folks are looking at their cat through dogcolored glasses and are saying, this means my cat is happy. As a matter of fact, they are usually saying the opposite.
Now, cats will start to get worked up, start to get a little agitated to static in the environment by absorbing that energy. It’s almost like it comes in this way, and then it gets stuck in the tail. And then, how am I suppose to get this energy out of my body,.
You know? And then, it starts getting worse, right? And then by the time they are ready to pounce on you or anybody, or explode with their staticky frustration, it is like this. We talked in the past about the miscommunication.