We Had Catnip All Wrong

6. april. 2021
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Why do cats love catnip so much? Researchers have found a possible evolutionary answer to this adorable feline phenomenon!
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Sources:
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www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1480656/pdf/canvetj00079-0049.pdf
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Kommentarer
  • They are awful lil monster's that's why

    Onyx NiteOnyx Nite5 timer siden
  • Maybe Nature provided all animals with a brain with a way to get high...maybe its not just funny to us:-)

    God Speaks to Me in MathGod Speaks to Me in Math2 dager siden
  • I really want to know why cats love octopus tentacles so much. (doesn't relate into the future of catgirls and catboys at all)

    cletus martincletus martin2 dager siden
  • 3:11 He's searching in the wrong place for the word 'cat.' He's close but it just says gat. I'm not sure he's a real scientist.

    Inappropriated BurritoInappropriated Burrito3 dager siden
  • LOVE your native host!!!

    Carolina WoodCarolina Wood3 dager siden
  • catnip doesn't do anything to my cat

    D.D.4 dager siden
  • history of ever

    Abc 1952Abc 19524 dager siden
  • Bit of a stretch, but if people are handing out grants for that kind of thing then best of luck to them :-)

    Sid GuernseySid Guernsey4 dager siden
  • Uh oh, the cat has that look in its eyes again...

    CrazyEyesGamingCrazyEyesGaming5 dager siden
  • Genetic tests?! CATTACA! CATTACA!

    MrTomservo85MrTomservo855 dager siden
  • So silvervine is basically works like a domestic cat's tiger grass. Neat.

    mskmsk5 dager siden
  • Cat Science is important

    otakumaskotakumask6 dager siden
  • Love the thumbnail of this video.

    WhatisNotWhatisNot6 dager siden
  • It's funny because I've already been using my cat's catnip spray as a wasp repellent because catnip is a cousin to mint and wasps hate the smell of mint.

    Cristalys PeraltaCristalys Peralta6 dager siden
  • so cats do drugs for a reason huh neat

    Abiy BattleSpellAbiy BattleSpell6 dager siden
  • Why does it need to evolve. Why could they just not be made that way.

    sheree clintonsheree clinton6 dager siden
  • Welcome to the team I look forward to your videos

    J BJ B6 dager siden
  • So what your saying is I can get more cats to love me while repelling mosquitoes and possibly transfer some mosquito repelling qualities to said cats?? Is there a down side to this story cause I don’t see a down side

    Rachel RoyceRachel Royce6 dager siden
  • Follow-up study: What, if anything, do the plants get out of it?

    NeshomehNeshomeh7 dager siden
  • The theory of evolution is just that a theory....and in my opinion and other people who enjoy science and the scientific method it’s a very weak theory based upon falsified presumptions.

    ad70preteristad70preterist7 dager siden
  • Zzzzzz... Did you have catnip in the video?

    I.A. WoienI.A. Woien7 dager siden
  • Are you a cat person ? Or a spider person ? Look at that cat stretching himself to comfortable laziness. You don't ever see a spider stretch out it's limbs to sleep on the side (how the hell do they sleep anyways o0 they certainly don't have eyelids oo). Personally, I'm a dog person, I wag my tail every time I see my girlfriend XD

    sobreaversobreaver7 dager siden
  • Hmmmm ... how did they measure that the reward center of the cats' brains were stimulated?

    Red SiegfriedRed Siegfried7 dager siden
  • Isn't catnip in the mint family which is used as a mosquito repellent?

    Zen SurferZen Surfer7 dager siden
  • Sweetheart this is a good video I liked everything but you need to tell your stage makeup people to give you a little bit more foundation because your acne is showing thru.

    john smithjohn smith7 dager siden
  • -"Tough day at the office?" -"Ugh, tons of paperwork like you wouldn't believe!... We are researching catnip so I had to be around all these cats while they rolled around in the stuff! Anyways, how was your first day at the sewage treatment plant?" :D

    ZeroNervE The Purple MechZeroNervE The Purple Mech7 dager siden
  • Whisky is Irish nip

    Seans ExistentialsSeans Existentials7 dager siden
  • Hipster girl saying "in the history of ever" made me cringe.

    Thomas AllisonThomas Allison7 dager siden
  • I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE!

    MomomeshTVMomomeshTV8 dager siden
  • so why don't we use the catnip as a mosquito repellent?

    Michal samuelMichal samuel8 dager siden
  • I love how they tried to underplay animal experimentation with “definitely the least fun part of the study” lol good one

    Matty WayMatty Way8 dager siden
  • Hey, look at ticks, not a nonstarter for cats like mosquitoes.

    sarah fernsarah fern8 dager siden
  • Catnip is just cat marijuana

    ForceTzForceTz8 dager siden
  • And only now i discover i chose the completely wrong field. Sml

    __________8 dager siden
  • So basically you are telling us story that you don't have the final answer for as to how and why, and yet you consider that as news?

    insAneTunAinsAneTunA8 dager siden
  • I don't understand why there HAS to be a reason for the feline response to catnip. Why do us humans respond to so many substances the way we do? No reason, no benefit, we just do, it's probably the same with cats and catnip or silvervine

    Leon BlackLeon Black8 dager siden
  • My cat gets wired with catnip. Runs around scratches, bites, it's terrible. We avoid catnip if we can.

    Ben StanfillBen Stanfill8 dager siden
  • So this is all still a theory, yet the video title presents it as fact. :/ I hate people claiming to be scientists these days. No integrity.

    SentauriSentauri8 dager siden
  • Well, if you also smell like catnip makes good hunting scent cover. Considering how musky lions can smell, probably helps a lot.

    Chris KearsleyChris Kearsley8 dager siden
  • cliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick bait. entire video for "we have do to more research" i hate what youtube has turned into.

    john bookerjohn booker8 dager siden
  • “...more research needs to be done....” Really?? Does it?

    ErmirMusicErmirMusic8 dager siden
  • Lemurs do the same with millipedes, I wonder how many other species get high for the sake of insect repellent.

    Blitzkrieg BryceBlitzkrieg Bryce8 dager siden
  • Legalize Nip

    Ash KittAsh Kitt8 dager siden
  • I feel like if cats were smart enough to roll around in plants to ward infestations off, they’d occasionally roll around in rosemary. But no, so..

    aisha shishaaisha shisha8 dager siden
  • Why do they scream for food they won’t eat? Maybe because they have tastebuds and they don’t wanna eat the same garbage every day? Get that cat some real life chicken, or cod. Occasionally.

    aisha shishaaisha shisha8 dager siden
  • Hi, my name is Mister Whiskers Fuzzbeef and I have a catnip problem. I've been catnip-free for thirty days now...

    Axe GuyAxe Guy8 dager siden
  • so not only did she come to say we have it all wrong. . . . but also they have no idea what it is either. . and still looking

    stefon wefonstefon wefon8 dager siden
  • Have read that Catnip induces a sexual response. Note kittens not yet sexually mature usually ignore catnip.

    Stephen JacksStephen Jacks8 dager siden
  • yeah I thought so.

    Kenos EntityKenos Entity8 dager siden
  • it's a good theory... but why do cats act weird then? the rolling around in it I get.. but why the change?

    opisexopisex8 dager siden
  • I feel bad for the control group who got all the mosquitoes :/

    raig sraig s8 dager siden
  • Japanese Researchers basically came up with a way to get paid to play with cats and I can't fault them for that. Meowvelous.

    Jake LambuthJake Lambuth8 dager siden
  • My cats eat it

    Kyle W.Kyle W.8 dager siden
  • I never give my cats catnip or silvervine. It’s a gateway drug.

    CCCC9 dager siden
  • Still no mention of different responses for different metabolic pathways of inhaling or smelling catnip and ingesting catnip and having it broken down in the stomach and intestines. As cats have an upper effect when smelling, but more of a downer effect from eating it.

    rdizzy Crdizzy C9 dager siden
  • All the little kitties were singing this song there’s a skeeter 🦟 on my peter knock it off there’s a dozen on my cousin can’t you hear them a buzzing.🤔

    Esteban We don’t need no stinking badgesEsteban We don’t need no stinking badges9 dager siden
  • Pretty sure cats just like getting high

    Kay BeeKay Bee9 dager siden
  • So humans are drugging their cats without their consent?

    Eric StaplesEric Staples9 dager siden
  • "what cannabol does to humans" lol

    animegame100animegame1009 dager siden
  • So the cats that didn't roll around in catnip a thousand years ago probably died of mosquito born illness and the cats that got pleasure from it lived

    Jay cJay c9 dager siden
  • Me watching this video: "please be Rose, please be Rose, please be Rose" *ROSE APPEARS IN SCREEN* ME: "YES I'M SHOWING A CAT VIDEO IN CLASS!!" My students love seeing your videos in class!

    Cyndi BergloffCyndi Bergloff9 dager siden
  • Sitting here getting my cat high on catnip while I indulge in some humannip ;P

    Annihilator XAnnihilator X9 dager siden
  • I like her PacMan earrings.

    John GrabowskiJohn Grabowski9 dager siden
  • 2:22 she should have meow meow land

    Ice cream for breakfastIce cream for breakfast9 dager siden
  • Capuchin monkeys do something similar with citrus plants... They chew them up and rub them all over their body in order to ward off mosquitos

    Branddun CasaraBranddun Casara9 dager siden
  • Hopefully the studies are going to be fun for the cats too

    Meriem cabMeriem cab9 dager siden
  • It's great as a mosquito repellant, digestive aid and helps you sleep.

    Jim EurittJim Euritt9 dager siden
  • It didn't evolve -- it was designed.

    1GodOnlyOne1GodOnlyOne9 dager siden
  • 3:10 Cats are everywhere , even in your DNA. Mos Quito' Repellant, interesting . . . Meow. SPOILER TO VIDEO BELOW! Catnip , and silver vine , must get. Repel Mos Quito' I must. (just imagine this wrote by some cat out there.)

    hdezn26hdezn269 dager siden
  • Huh, this is neat! :)

    crimsonraencrimsonraen9 dager siden
  • Of course they were Japanese researchers!

    MrMcCharityManMrMcCharityMan9 dager siden
  • Puppydogs are cooler.

    NeverMetTheGuyNeverMetTheGuy9 dager siden
  • Two phenomena that have nothing to do with one another. There are millions of chemicals in nature, one or another is bound to make you feel good while having nothing to do with "evolving" along with you so you can compete for food or reproduce. That same chemical probably does other things, like repelling mosquitoes.

    nakrat11nakrat119 dager siden
  • This proves nothing 😅

    Derpy The LegendDerpy The Legend9 dager siden
  • Japanese love cats too much. True story.

    Pete JohnsonPete Johnson9 dager siden
  • I love how people have mispelt cat mint over the last 200 years. It's cat mint as it's a mint.

    sebastian stewartsebastian stewart9 dager siden
  • Now do "Spankies" on cats!

    Sindarin721Sindarin7219 dager siden
  • Alright... so... Cats are basically doing the human equivalent of huffing insect repellent, but if the insect repellent was harmless.

    connor vaughnconnor vaughn9 dager siden
  • No one else picturing a cat in a box of mosquitoes 🦟 🐈 📦

    BenthedaddyBenthedaddy9 dager siden
  • Dream up the purrfect experiment...

    Graham SmithGraham Smith9 dager siden
  • Please tell me about liquid metal robot please please please

    TanyaTanya9 dager siden
  • catnip= cat marijuanas

    reeyees50reeyees509 dager siden
  • The cat in the thumbnail looks like me after a month long bender.

    yoursoultasteslikebaconyoursoultasteslikebacon9 dager siden
  • Acacia rats are better than cats. As are dogs and squirrels.

    StitchesStitches9 dager siden
  • Nepetalectone

    Walter SobchakWalter Sobchak9 dager siden
  • Kitties!!!!

    Thomas BusseThomas Busse9 dager siden
  • My cat pees on me while im gaming to get my attention. Or when he crys to go outside. Then i let him outside and he still crys then runs off like a crackhead. He crys when his bowl isnt over filled. Ughhhh needy. Stands on my phone when im laying in bed as well. Ugggggh

    Jordan McEvoyJordan McEvoy9 dager siden
  • My cats do not give a poop about catnip haha

    Jessi Neilsen CarreñoJessi Neilsen Carreño9 dager siden
  • Curious if similarly to mosquitos, if that compound is equally repulsive to fleas.

    Sven StevensonSven Stevenson9 dager siden
  • I’m not buying it about the mosquitoes.

    Jamie LancasterJamie Lancaster10 dager siden
  • Really?... all questions answered, great conclusion...

    SanguineSanguine10 dager siden
  • wonder if they could turn this into an insect repellent for people, just with the warning that cats might find you delicious if you use it...LOL... well as a cuddle buddy.

    Eugene MintonEugene Minton10 dager siden
  • What if we put catnip in the Colorado grass?

    SavageKingTexas _SavageKingTexas _10 dager siden
  • Odd that apparently no other branch of animals would have this behavior.

    Mitch JohnsonMitch Johnson10 dager siden
  • Correlation is not causation. Evolution doesn't work like that.

    MasterWasp74MasterWasp7410 dager siden
  • I had a cat that lived 21 year. When my cat was around 19 years old, and having some tummy troubles, I was told, by my vet, that cat nip could help her. So, daily, I gave her a good pinch of cat nip to eat...and it did help keep her food from coming back up. Her name was Ashley, and she passed away in 2005. So I do know there is some real medical benefits to catnip.

    StormyPeakStormyPeak10 dager siden
    • Indoor cats need fiber, if they're not getting the feathers and fur of critters to clear out their gut. We'd grow cat grass and ours was good with that. It doesn't have to be just catnip.

      M water_moonM water_moon3 dager siden
    • @Julie Barnette My aunt's cat (indoor only) was older than me when it passed away, and I was over 21. Our kitty who was found at a dumpster as a sick kitten, and a runt (never went over 8 lbs. despite food constantly available) lived for about 18 (she was straight up SCARED of the outdoors, if we left the door open she'd sit in the door way and *SNIFFF* hard but any startle and she'd dash inside and since we have coyotes in the area, that was a good thing.)

      M water_moonM water_moon3 dager siden
    • @Julie Barnette :) I think the oldest cat on record lived to be 38! I, also knew a cat, named Jack, that lived to be 23, he belonged to my brother. Interestingly...both Jack and my cat Ashley, were 'indoor/outdoor' cats. I do believe there are healthy benefits in that...as the cats are more active outside...both mentally and physically...and if nothing kills them...they can actually live longer than cats kept inside and bored their whole lives. I live in a mountain valley in Idaho, and I know the risks for a cat being outside...but I let her have her freedom when she wanted it... I had a pet door. Even with the cat I have now, (her name is Song) I let her out sometimes but I worry for her while she's out there...and I can only hope my dogs will keep things like coyotes, foxes, hawks, eagles, and owls from messing with her, as they hang out together in the yard.

      StormyPeakStormyPeak6 dager siden
    • Uhhh oldest cat ever or 2 split life of ease taken care of.

      Julie BarnetteJulie Barnette6 dager siden
  • My cat actually had a very strange response to catnip. He got extremely agitated and nervous. He seemed terrified of everything and basically run up the walls for a few seconds. I wonder what was up with that

    Helena Ferrari FedericoHelena Ferrari Federico10 dager siden
    • bad trip

      ArienArien8 dager siden
  • I’d be interested if fleas also avoided cats who have the chemical transferred too 🤔

    enlathestrangeenlathestrange10 dager siden
  • All the way up to the point where 'mosquitoes landed on the cats with nepwhatsitsolactol less that on cats without it' Ummm. Yes but since when have mosquitoes *EVER* bothered cats?

    Christopher BedfordChristopher Bedford10 dager siden
  • 1.25x playback speed, thank me later.

    Chik Nuggets「тм」Chik Nuggets「тм」10 dager siden
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