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Here's Why Catnip Makes Cats Act Funny
Some plants have chemicals that act like cat pheromones.
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Key Facts In This Video
When cats react to catnip, they're really reacting to an organic molecule known as nepetalactone that the plant uses to repel insects. 00:21
Researchers think nepetalactone is similar to a cat's natural pheromones. 01:05
Only about 50-70% of cats respond to catnip. 01:47
Cats Don't Have A Sweet Tooth
Humans, monkeys, dogs, etc. like sweets, but cats' sweet receptors are broken.