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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Kommentarer
  • Love the thumbnail of this video.

    WhatisNotWhatisNot10 timer 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 Peralta11 timer siden
  • so cats do drugs for a reason huh neat

    Abiy BattleSpellAbiy BattleSpell13 timer siden
  • Why does it need to evolve. Why could they just not be made that way.

    sheree clintonsheree clinton16 timer siden
  • Welcome to the team I look forward to your videos

    J BJ B18 timer 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 Royce19 timer siden
  • Follow-up study: What, if anything, do the plants get out of it?

    NeshomehNeshomeh22 timer 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.

    ad70preteristad70preteristDag siden
  • Zzzzzz... Did you have catnip in the video?

    I.A. WoienI.A. WoienDag 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

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

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

    Zen SurferZen SurferDag 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 smithDag 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 MechDag siden
  • Whisky is Irish nip

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

    Thomas AllisonThomas AllisonDag siden
  • I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE!

    MomomeshTVMomomeshTV2 dager siden
  • so why don't we use the catnip as a mosquito repellent?

    Michal samuelMichal samuel2 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 Way2 dager siden
  • Hey, look at ticks, not a nonstarter for cats like mosquitoes.

    sarah fernsarah fern2 dager siden
  • Catnip is just cat marijuana

    ForceTzForceTz2 dager siden
  • And only now i discover i chose the completely wrong field. Sml

    __________2 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?

    insAneTunAinsAneTunA2 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 Black2 dager siden
  • My cat gets wired with catnip. Runs around scratches, bites, it's terrible. We avoid catnip if we can.

    Ben StanfillBen Stanfill2 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.

    SentauriSentauri2 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 Kearsley2 dager siden
  • cliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick bait. entire video for "we have do to more research" i hate what youtube has turned into.

    john bookerjohn booker2 dager siden
  • “...more research needs to be done....” Really?? Does it?

    ErmirMusicErmirMusic2 dager siden
  • Lemurs do the same with millipedes, I wonder how many other species get high for the sake of insect repellent.

    Blitzkrieg BryceBlitzkrieg Bryce2 dager siden
  • Legalize Nip

    Ash KittAsh Kitt2 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 shisha2 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 shisha2 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 Guy2 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 wefon2 dager siden
  • Have read that Catnip induces a sexual response. Note kittens not yet sexually mature usually ignore catnip.

    Stephen JacksStephen Jacks2 dager siden
  • yeah I thought so.

    Kenos EntityKenos Entity2 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?

    opisexopisex2 dager siden
  • I feel bad for the control group who got all the mosquitoes :/

    raig sraig s2 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 Lambuth2 dager siden
  • My cats eat it

    Kyle W.Kyle W.2 dager siden
  • I never give my cats catnip or silvervine. It’s a gateway drug.

    CCCC2 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 C2 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 badges3 dager siden
  • Pretty sure cats just like getting high

    Kay BeeKay Bee3 dager siden
  • So humans are drugging their cats without their consent?

    Eric StaplesEric Staples3 dager siden
  • "what cannabol does to humans" lol

    animegame100animegame1003 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 c3 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 Bergloff3 dager siden
  • Sitting here getting my cat high on catnip while I indulge in some humannip ;P

    Annihilator XAnnihilator X3 dager siden
  • I like her PacMan earrings.

    John GrabowskiJohn Grabowski3 dager siden
  • 2:22 she should have meow meow land

    Ice cream for breakfastIce cream for breakfast3 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 Casara3 dager siden
  • Hopefully the studies are going to be fun for the cats too

    Meriem cabMeriem cab3 dager siden
  • It's great as a mosquito repellant, digestive aid and helps you sleep.

    Jim EurittJim Euritt3 dager siden
  • It didn't evolve -- it was designed.

    1GodOnlyOne1GodOnlyOne3 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.)

    hdezn26hdezn263 dager siden
  • Huh, this is neat! :)

    crimsonraencrimsonraen3 dager siden
  • Of course they were Japanese researchers!

    MrMcCharityManMrMcCharityMan3 dager siden
  • Puppydogs are cooler.

    NeverMetTheGuyNeverMetTheGuy3 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.

    nakrat11nakrat113 dager siden
  • This proves nothing 😅

    Derpy The LegendDerpy The Legend3 dager siden
  • Japanese love cats too much. True story.

    Pete JohnsonPete Johnson3 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 stewart3 dager siden
  • Now do "Spankies" on cats!

    Sindarin721Sindarin7213 dager siden
  • Alright... so... Cats are basically doing the human equivalent of huffing insect repellent, but if the insect repellent was harmless.

    connor vaughnconnor vaughn3 dager siden
  • No one else picturing a cat in a box of mosquitoes 🦟 🐈 📦

    BenthedaddyBenthedaddy3 dager siden
  • Dream up the purrfect experiment...

    Graham SmithGraham Smith3 dager siden
  • Please tell me about liquid metal robot please please please

    TanyaTanya3 dager siden
  • catnip= cat marijuanas

    reeyees50reeyees503 dager siden
  • The cat in the thumbnail looks like me after a month long bender.

    yoursoultasteslikebaconyoursoultasteslikebacon3 dager siden
  • Acacia rats are better than cats. As are dogs and squirrels.

    StitchesStitches3 dager siden
  • Nepetalectone

    Walter SobchakWalter Sobchak3 dager siden
  • Kitties!!!!

    Thomas BusseThomas Busse3 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 McEvoy3 dager siden
  • My cats do not give a poop about catnip haha

    Jessi Neilsen CarreñoJessi Neilsen Carreño3 dager siden
  • Curious if similarly to mosquitos, if that compound is equally repulsive to fleas.

    Sven StevensonSven Stevenson3 dager siden
  • I’m not buying it about the mosquitoes.

    Jamie LancasterJamie Lancaster3 dager siden
  • Really?... all questions answered, great conclusion...

    SanguineSanguine3 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 Minton3 dager siden
  • What if we put catnip in the Colorado grass?

    SavageKingTexas _SavageKingTexas _4 dager siden
  • Odd that apparently no other branch of animals would have this behavior.

    Mitch JohnsonMitch Johnson4 dager siden
  • Correlation is not causation. Evolution doesn't work like that.

    MasterWasp74MasterWasp744 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.

    StormyPeakStormyPeak4 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.

      StormyPeakStormyPeak17 timer siden
    • Uhhh oldest cat ever or 2 split life of ease taken care of.

      Julie BarnetteJulie Barnette18 timer 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 Federico4 dager siden
    • bad trip

      ArienArien2 dager siden
  • I’d be interested if fleas also avoided cats who have the chemical transferred too 🤔

    enlathestrangeenlathestrange4 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 Bedford4 dager siden
  • 1.25x playback speed, thank me later.

    Chik Nuggets「тм」Chik Nuggets「тм」4 dager siden
  • we aint figured out plants yet but we totally know how the universe was created yep mhmm

    Lord CantiLord Canti4 dager siden
  • So it isn't a reaction like how opiates affect humans dopamine system and brings on pleasant euphoria and separate benefit if pain relief (or tge other way around)......NO.... the cats had to "evolve" to desire this chemical to ward of biting insects. It can't be that this chemical just has a reaction--just because. Humans can eat chocolate but it will kill dogs and cats. Different chemicals affect different species differently. Doesn't mean any evolution for a purpose has to be involved. What does the 2nd instance of the chemical that causes the mosquito repellant have to do with the 1st reaction of "goofy" cat behavior in cats? So what they are saying is for some apparent "reason" over inestimable amts of time, most of the cats that were not exposed to the mosquito repellant chemical died (even though cats don't die from regular mosquito bites anymore than humans) so that only the cats that desired the cat nip etc plants "evolved" to enjoy being bitten "less" by biting insects....Right..... Try to make it way to complicated. Some chemicals react in one species this way & another that. Not that hard to fathom. But if it was a done thru a grant I guess they had to come up with an "acceptable" scientific ( complex) answer!!

    klynn Harrisklynn Harris4 dager siden
  • Just like global warming - it was all wrong.

    Ababmer VidAbabmer Vid4 dager siden
  • Right, so Silver Vine is a mosquito repellent and the possibility exists that cats expose themselves to it to repel mosquitos. I do not believe this is the reason, however. I would bet a lot of money on cats loving Silver Vine just as much if it actually attracted more mosquitos to them. It's obvious they love Silver Vine and Catnip and it makes them feel good. I would look in the other direction for a reason. For instance, both plants may have acquired the chemical/s to attract cats for the simple reason that the cats will help survival, moving spores across greater distances will give a better chance that they will thrive in their environments. Cheers

    Blade Runner6997Blade Runner69974 dager siden
  • This useless video explained nothing...

    ScorpioScorpio4 dager siden
  • What a misleading title.

    IzlarikIzlarik4 dager siden
  • ARE YOU TELLING ME I CAN BOTH ATTRACT CATS AND REBEL MOSQUITOES BY RUBBING MYSELF WITH CATNIP?????

    Cay EnigmaCay Enigma4 dager siden
  • So DIY bugspray?

    Thomas ToddThomas Todd4 dager siden
  • Cat genes: C A T T A C A

    nimroderynimrodery4 dager siden
  • What a nothing video. Only takeaway is maybe catnip keeps bugs awat

    James KelmensonJames Kelmenson4 dager siden
  • How do i apply for the job to play with 🐱🐈‍⬛ all day?

    I TryI Try4 dager siden
  • I have two cats, one loves catnip, the other is repulsed by it. Guess it's the Brussel sprout issue us humans have, a genetic disposition to either loving them, or hating them.

    K A LayneK A Layne4 dager siden
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