We Had Catnip All Wrong

6 Apr 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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KOMMENTARE
  • Cat Science is important

    otakumaskotakumaskVor 7 Stunden
  • Love the thumbnail of this video.

    WhatisNotWhatisNotVor 18 Stunden
  • 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 PeraltaVor 19 Stunden
  • so cats do drugs for a reason huh neat

    Abiy BattleSpellAbiy BattleSpellVor 21 Stunde
  • Why does it need to evolve. Why could they just not be made that way.

    sheree clintonsheree clintonVor Tag
  • Welcome to the team I look forward to your videos

    J BJ BVor Tag
  • 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 RoyceVor Tag
  • Follow-up study: What, if anything, do the plants get out of it?

    NeshomehNeshomehVor Tag
  • 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.

    ad70preteristad70preteristVor Tag
  • Zzzzzz... Did you have catnip in the video?

    I.A. WoienI.A. WoienVor Tag
  • 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

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

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

    Zen SurferZen SurferVor Tag
  • 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 smithVor Tag
  • -"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 MechVor 2 Tage
  • Whisky is Irish nip

    Seans ExistentialsSeans ExistentialsVor 2 Tage
  • Hipster girl saying "in the history of ever" made me cringe.

    Thomas AllisonThomas AllisonVor 2 Tage
  • I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE!

    MomomeshTVMomomeshTVVor 2 Tage
  • so why don't we use the catnip as a mosquito repellent?

    Michal samuelMichal samuelVor 2 Tage
  • I love how they tried to underplay animal experimentation with “definitely the least fun part of the study” lol good one

    Matty WayMatty WayVor 2 Tage
  • Hey, look at ticks, not a nonstarter for cats like mosquitoes.

    sarah fernsarah fernVor 2 Tage
  • Catnip is just cat marijuana

    ForceTzForceTzVor 2 Tage
  • And only now i discover i chose the completely wrong field. Sml

    __________Vor 2 Tage
  • 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?

    insAneTunAinsAneTunAVor 2 Tage
  • 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 BlackVor 2 Tage
  • My cat gets wired with catnip. Runs around scratches, bites, it's terrible. We avoid catnip if we can.

    Ben StanfillBen StanfillVor 2 Tage
  • 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.

    SentauriSentauriVor 2 Tage
  • Well, if you also smell like catnip makes good hunting scent cover. Considering how musky lions can smell, probably helps a lot.

    Chris KearsleyChris KearsleyVor 2 Tage
  • cliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick bait. entire video for "we have do to more research" i hate what youtube has turned into.

    john bookerjohn bookerVor 2 Tage
  • “...more research needs to be done....” Really?? Does it?

    ErmirMusicErmirMusicVor 2 Tage
  • Lemurs do the same with millipedes, I wonder how many other species get high for the sake of insect repellent.

    Blitzkrieg BryceBlitzkrieg BryceVor 2 Tage
  • Legalize Nip

    Ash KittAsh KittVor 2 Tage
  • 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 shishaVor 2 Tage
  • 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 shishaVor 2 Tage
  • Hi, my name is Mister Whiskers Fuzzbeef and I have a catnip problem. I've been catnip-free for thirty days now...

    Axe GuyAxe GuyVor 3 Tage
  • 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 wefonVor 3 Tage
  • Have read that Catnip induces a sexual response. Note kittens not yet sexually mature usually ignore catnip.

    Stephen JacksStephen JacksVor 3 Tage
  • yeah I thought so.

    Kenos EntityKenos EntityVor 3 Tage
  • it's a good theory... but why do cats act weird then? the rolling around in it I get.. but why the change?

    opisexopisexVor 3 Tage
  • I feel bad for the control group who got all the mosquitoes :/

    raig sraig sVor 3 Tage
  • 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 LambuthVor 3 Tage
  • My cats eat it

    Kyle W.Kyle W.Vor 3 Tage
  • I never give my cats catnip or silvervine. It’s a gateway drug.

    CCCCVor 3 Tage
  • 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 CVor 3 Tage
  • 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 badgesVor 3 Tage
  • Pretty sure cats just like getting high

    Kay BeeKay BeeVor 3 Tage
  • So humans are drugging their cats without their consent?

    Eric StaplesEric StaplesVor 3 Tage
  • "what cannabol does to humans" lol

    animegame100animegame100Vor 3 Tage
  • 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 cVor 3 Tage
  • 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 BergloffVor 3 Tage
  • Sitting here getting my cat high on catnip while I indulge in some humannip ;P

    Annihilator XAnnihilator XVor 3 Tage
  • I like her PacMan earrings.

    John GrabowskiJohn GrabowskiVor 3 Tage
  • 2:22 she should have meow meow land

    Ice cream for breakfastIce cream for breakfastVor 3 Tage
  • 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 CasaraVor 3 Tage
  • Hopefully the studies are going to be fun for the cats too

    Meriem cabMeriem cabVor 3 Tage
  • It's great as a mosquito repellant, digestive aid and helps you sleep.

    Jim EurittJim EurittVor 3 Tage
  • It didn't evolve -- it was designed.

    1GodOnlyOne1GodOnlyOneVor 3 Tage
  • 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.)

    hdezn26hdezn26Vor 3 Tage
  • Huh, this is neat! :)

    crimsonraencrimsonraenVor 3 Tage
  • Of course they were Japanese researchers!

    MrMcCharityManMrMcCharityManVor 3 Tage
  • Puppydogs are cooler.

    NeverMetTheGuyNeverMetTheGuyVor 3 Tage
  • 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.

    nakrat11nakrat11Vor 3 Tage
  • This proves nothing 😅

    Derpy The LegendDerpy The LegendVor 3 Tage
  • Japanese love cats too much. True story.

    Pete JohnsonPete JohnsonVor 3 Tage
  • I love how people have mispelt cat mint over the last 200 years. It's cat mint as it's a mint.

    sebastian stewartsebastian stewartVor 3 Tage
  • Now do "Spankies" on cats!

    Sindarin721Sindarin721Vor 3 Tage
  • Alright... so... Cats are basically doing the human equivalent of huffing insect repellent, but if the insect repellent was harmless.

    connor vaughnconnor vaughnVor 3 Tage
  • No one else picturing a cat in a box of mosquitoes 🦟 🐈 📦

    BenthedaddyBenthedaddyVor 3 Tage
  • Dream up the purrfect experiment...

    Graham SmithGraham SmithVor 3 Tage
  • Please tell me about liquid metal robot please please please

    TanyaTanyaVor 3 Tage
  • catnip= cat marijuanas

    reeyees50reeyees50Vor 3 Tage
  • The cat in the thumbnail looks like me after a month long bender.

    yoursoultasteslikebaconyoursoultasteslikebaconVor 4 Tage
  • Acacia rats are better than cats. As are dogs and squirrels.

    StitchesStitchesVor 4 Tage
  • Nepetalectone

    Walter SobchakWalter SobchakVor 4 Tage
  • Kitties!!!!

    Thomas BusseThomas BusseVor 4 Tage
  • 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 McEvoyVor 4 Tage
  • My cats do not give a poop about catnip haha

    Jessi Neilsen CarreñoJessi Neilsen CarreñoVor 4 Tage
  • Curious if similarly to mosquitos, if that compound is equally repulsive to fleas.

    Sven StevensonSven StevensonVor 4 Tage
  • I’m not buying it about the mosquitoes.

    Jamie LancasterJamie LancasterVor 4 Tage
  • Really?... all questions answered, great conclusion...

    SanguineSanguineVor 4 Tage
  • 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 MintonVor 4 Tage
  • What if we put catnip in the Colorado grass?

    SavageKingTexas _SavageKingTexas _Vor 4 Tage
  • Odd that apparently no other branch of animals would have this behavior.

    Mitch JohnsonMitch JohnsonVor 4 Tage
  • Correlation is not causation. Evolution doesn't work like that.

    MasterWasp74MasterWasp74Vor 4 Tage
  • 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.

    StormyPeakStormyPeakVor 4 Tage
    • @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.

      StormyPeakStormyPeakVor Tag
    • Uhhh oldest cat ever or 2 split life of ease taken care of.

      Julie BarnetteJulie BarnetteVor Tag
  • 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 FedericoVor 4 Tage
    • bad trip

      ArienArienVor 2 Tage
  • I’d be interested if fleas also avoided cats who have the chemical transferred too 🤔

    enlathestrangeenlathestrangeVor 4 Tage
  • 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 BedfordVor 4 Tage
  • 1.25x playback speed, thank me later.

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

    Lord CantiLord CantiVor 4 Tage
  • 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 HarrisVor 4 Tage
  • Just like global warming - it was all wrong.

    Ababmer VidAbabmer VidVor 4 Tage
  • 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 Runner6997Vor 4 Tage
  • This useless video explained nothing...

    ScorpioScorpioVor 4 Tage
  • What a misleading title.

    IzlarikIzlarikVor 4 Tage
  • ARE YOU TELLING ME I CAN BOTH ATTRACT CATS AND REBEL MOSQUITOES BY RUBBING MYSELF WITH CATNIP?????

    Cay EnigmaCay EnigmaVor 4 Tage
  • So DIY bugspray?

    Thomas ToddThomas ToddVor 4 Tage
  • Cat genes: C A T T A C A

    nimroderynimroderyVor 4 Tage
  • What a nothing video. Only takeaway is maybe catnip keeps bugs awat

    James KelmensonJames KelmensonVor 4 Tage
  • How do i apply for the job to play with 🐱🐈‍⬛ all day?

    I TryI TryVor 4 Tage
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