Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

Catnip is feline's mood raiser

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Cat-lovers have often witnessed the erratic behavior of their pets when under the influence of having eaten catnip, a substance that seems to affect them in the manner that marijuana changes human behavior.

An animal behavior expert at the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine explains: The active substance of catnip is a chemical called nepetalactone, which sets off in the cat's brain various stimuli leading to pleasure.

Preliminary Research Suggests Catnip Effective as Mosquito Repellent

Reports that compounds in the essential oil of catnip are effective mosquito repellents. Report on experiments which were conducted at Iowa State University that was delivered at a meeting of th...


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Cat Scratch Fever

The cat's out of the bag: Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is 10 times more effective for keeping mosquitoes at bay than DEET, the chemical compound used in most conventional bug repellents. Iowa State University entomologists first discovered that nepetalactone, the essential oil in the feline-friendly herb, sent cockroaches packing. In August, the same researchers revealed that the natural compound--distilled from catnip--makes mosquitoes buzz off in a big way, too.

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