We humans have alcohol and marijuana. Cats have catnip. Different “drug,” similar chemical effect.
The first video explains why cats get high; the second asks if catnip has the same effect on big cats, and the third video is a funny little piece with a talking cat on a catnip high.
How Catnip Gets Cats High
This video opens with a group of cats irresistibly drawn to a planting of catnip where the aromatic oils give them an addictive high, causing them to roll around and even chase imaginary mice.
About three quarters of all cats are so affected, showing how natural chemicals influence animal behavior.
The video on page 2 from Big Cat Rescue answers the question: do tigers like catnip? Bet you can guess the answer….
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Do Tigers Like Catnip?
Thatís the question. Here is a ďscientificĒ survey in which a variety of big cats are put next to a bag containing catnip. What do you think happens next?
In the next video, on page 3, we hear from a kitty named Juniper herself and join her on her catnip trip.
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Kitty on a Catnip Trip
Usually we have to watch cat reactions under catnip and imagine what they are thinking. Fortunately for us, this videographer found a talking cat named Juniper on a catnip trip and recorded her comments and reactions, giving us finally a clearer understanding of what this drug is all about.
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