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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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Onyx Nite
Onyx Nite 6 hours ago
They are awful lil monster's that's why
God Speaks to Me in Math
Maybe Nature provided all animals with a brain with a way to get high...maybe its not just funny to us:-)
cletus martin
cletus martin 2 days ago
I really want to know why cats love octopus tentacles so much. (doesn't relate into the future of catgirls and catboys at all)
Inappropriated Burrito
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.
Carolina Wood
Carolina Wood 3 days ago
LOVE your native host!!!
D.
D. 4 days ago
catnip doesn't do anything to my cat
Abc 1952
Abc 1952 4 days ago
history of ever
Sid Guernsey
Sid Guernsey 4 days ago
Bit of a stretch, but if people are handing out grants for that kind of thing then best of luck to them :-)
CrazyEyesGaming
CrazyEyesGaming 5 days ago
Uh oh, the cat has that look in its eyes again...
MrTomservo85
MrTomservo85 5 days ago
Genetic tests?! CATTACA! CATTACA!
msk
msk 5 days ago
So silvervine is basically works like a domestic cat's tiger grass. Neat.
otakumask
otakumask 6 days ago
Cat Science is important
WhatisNot
WhatisNot 6 days ago
Love the thumbnail of this video.
Cristalys Peralta
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.
Abiy BattleSpell
Abiy BattleSpell 6 days ago
so cats do drugs for a reason huh neat
sheree clinton
sheree clinton 6 days ago
Why does it need to evolve. Why could they just not be made that way.
J B
J B 6 days ago
Welcome to the team I look forward to your videos
Rachel Royce
Rachel Royce 6 days ago
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
Neshomeh
Neshomeh 7 days ago
Follow-up study: What, if anything, do the plants get out of it?
ad70preterist
ad70preterist 7 days ago
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.
I.A. Woien
I.A. Woien 7 days ago
Zzzzzz... Did you have catnip in the video?
sobreaver
sobreaver 7 days ago
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
Red Siegfried
Red Siegfried 7 days ago
Hmmmm ... how did they measure that the reward center of the cats' brains were stimulated?
Zen Surfer
Zen Surfer 7 days ago
Isn't catnip in the mint family which is used as a mosquito repellent?
john smith
john smith 7 days ago
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.
ZeroNervE The Purple Mech
-"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
Seans Existentials
Whisky is Irish nip
Thomas Allison
Thomas Allison 8 days ago
Hipster girl saying "in the history of ever" made me cringe.
MomomeshTV
MomomeshTV 8 days ago
I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE!
Michal samuel
Michal samuel 8 days ago
so why don't we use the catnip as a mosquito repellent?
Matty Way
Matty Way 8 days ago
I love how they tried to underplay animal experimentation with “definitely the least fun part of the study” lol good one
sarah fern
sarah fern 8 days ago
Hey, look at ticks, not a nonstarter for cats like mosquitoes.
ForceTz
ForceTz 8 days ago
Catnip is just cat marijuana
_____
_____ 8 days ago
And only now i discover i chose the completely wrong field. Sml
insAneTunA
insAneTunA 8 days ago
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?
Leon Black
Leon Black 8 days ago
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
Ben Stanfill
Ben Stanfill 8 days ago
My cat gets wired with catnip. Runs around scratches, bites, it's terrible. We avoid catnip if we can.
Sentauri
Sentauri 8 days ago
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.
Chris Kearsley
Chris Kearsley 8 days ago
Well, if you also smell like catnip makes good hunting scent cover. Considering how musky lions can smell, probably helps a lot.
john booker
john booker 8 days ago
cliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick bait. entire video for "we have do to more research" i hate what youtube has turned into.
ErmirMusic
ErmirMusic 8 days ago
“...more research needs to be done....” Really?? Does it?
Blitzkrieg Bryce
Blitzkrieg Bryce 8 days ago
Lemurs do the same with millipedes, I wonder how many other species get high for the sake of insect repellent.
Ash Kitt
Ash Kitt 8 days ago
Legalize Nip
aisha shisha
aisha shisha 8 days ago
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 shisha
aisha shisha 8 days ago
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.
Axe Guy
Axe Guy 8 days ago
Hi, my name is Mister Whiskers Fuzzbeef and I have a catnip problem. I've been catnip-free for thirty days now...
stefon wefon
stefon wefon 8 days ago
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
Stephen Jacks
Stephen Jacks 8 days ago
Have read that Catnip induces a sexual response. Note kittens not yet sexually mature usually ignore catnip.
Kenos Entity
Kenos Entity 8 days ago
yeah I thought so.
opisex
opisex 8 days ago
it's a good theory... but why do cats act weird then? the rolling around in it I get.. but why the change?
raig s
raig s 8 days ago
I feel bad for the control group who got all the mosquitoes :/
Jake Lambuth
Jake Lambuth 8 days ago
Japanese Researchers basically came up with a way to get paid to play with cats and I can't fault them for that. Meowvelous.
Kyle W.
Kyle W. 8 days ago
My cats eat it
CC
CC 9 days ago
I never give my cats catnip or silvervine. It’s a gateway drug.
rdizzy C
rdizzy C 9 days ago
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.
Esteban We don’t need no stinking badges
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.🤔
Kay Bee
Kay Bee 9 days ago
Pretty sure cats just like getting high
Eric Staples
Eric Staples 9 days ago
So humans are drugging their cats without their consent?
animegame100
animegame100 9 days ago
"what cannabol does to humans" lol
Jay c
Jay c 9 days ago
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
Cyndi Bergloff
Cyndi Bergloff 9 days ago
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!
Annihilator X
Annihilator X 9 days ago
Sitting here getting my cat high on catnip while I indulge in some humannip ;P
John Grabowski
John Grabowski 9 days ago
I like her PacMan earrings.
Ice cream for breakfast
2:22 she should have meow meow land
Branddun Casara
Branddun Casara 9 days ago
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
Meriem cab
Meriem cab 9 days ago
Hopefully the studies are going to be fun for the cats too
Jim Euritt
Jim Euritt 9 days ago
It's great as a mosquito repellant, digestive aid and helps you sleep.
1GodOnlyOne
1GodOnlyOne 9 days ago
It didn't evolve -- it was designed.
hdezn26
hdezn26 9 days ago
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.)
crimsonraen
crimsonraen 9 days ago
Huh, this is neat! :)
MrMcCharityMan
MrMcCharityMan 9 days ago
Of course they were Japanese researchers!
NeverMetTheGuy
NeverMetTheGuy 9 days ago
Puppydogs are cooler.
nakrat11
nakrat11 9 days ago
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.
Derpy The Legend
Derpy The Legend 9 days ago
This proves nothing 😅
Pete Johnson
Pete Johnson 9 days ago
Japanese love cats too much. True story.
sebastian stewart
I love how people have mispelt cat mint over the last 200 years. It's cat mint as it's a mint.
Sindarin721
Sindarin721 9 days ago
Now do "Spankies" on cats!
connor vaughn
connor vaughn 9 days ago
Alright... so... Cats are basically doing the human equivalent of huffing insect repellent, but if the insect repellent was harmless.
Benthedaddy
Benthedaddy 9 days ago
No one else picturing a cat in a box of mosquitoes 🦟 🐈 📦
Graham Smith
Graham Smith 9 days ago
Dream up the purrfect experiment...
Tanya
Tanya 9 days ago
Please tell me about liquid metal robot please please please
reeyees50
reeyees50 9 days ago
catnip= cat marijuanas
yoursoultasteslikebacon
The cat in the thumbnail looks like me after a month long bender.
Stitches
Stitches 9 days ago
Acacia rats are better than cats. As are dogs and squirrels.
Walter Sobchak
Walter Sobchak 9 days ago
Nepetalectone
Thomas Busse
Thomas Busse 9 days ago
Kitties!!!!
Jordan McEvoy
Jordan McEvoy 9 days ago
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
Jessi Neilsen Carreño
My cats do not give a poop about catnip haha
Sven Stevenson
Sven Stevenson 10 days ago
Curious if similarly to mosquitos, if that compound is equally repulsive to fleas.
Jamie Lancaster
Jamie Lancaster 10 days ago
I’m not buying it about the mosquitoes.
Sanguine
Sanguine 10 days ago
Really?... all questions answered, great conclusion...
Eugene Minton
Eugene Minton 10 days ago
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.
SavageKingTexas _
SavageKingTexas _ 10 days ago
What if we put catnip in the Colorado grass?
Mitch Johnson
Mitch Johnson 10 days ago
Odd that apparently no other branch of animals would have this behavior.
MasterWasp74
MasterWasp74 10 days ago
Correlation is not causation. Evolution doesn't work like that.
StormyPeak
StormyPeak 10 days ago
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.
M water_moon
M water_moon 3 days ago
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_moon
M water_moon 3 days ago
@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.)
StormyPeak
StormyPeak 6 days ago
@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.
Julie Barnette
Julie Barnette 6 days ago
Uhhh oldest cat ever or 2 split life of ease taken care of.
Helena Ferrari Federico
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
Arien
Arien 8 days ago
bad trip
enlathestrange
enlathestrange 10 days ago
I’d be interested if fleas also avoided cats who have the chemical transferred too 🤔
Christopher Bedford
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?
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