We Had Catnip All Wrong

6 avril 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:
advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/4/eabd9135
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1480656/pdf/canvetj00079-0049.pdf
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Commentaires
  • Puppydogs are cooler.

    NeverMetTheGuyNeverMetTheGuyIl y a minute
  • 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.

    nakrat11nakrat11Il y a heure
  • This proves nothing 😅

    Derpy The LegendDerpy The LegendIl y a 3 heures
  • Japanese love cats too much. True story.

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

    sebastian stewartsebastian stewartIl y a 3 heures
  • Now do "Spankies" on cats!

    Sindarin721Sindarin721Il y a 4 heures
  • Alright... so... Cats are basically doing the human equivalent of huffing insect repellent, but if the insect repellent was harmless.

    connor vaughnconnor vaughnIl y a 4 heures
  • No one else picturing a cat in a box of mosquitoes 🦟 🐈 📦

    BenthedaddyBenthedaddyIl y a 5 heures
  • Dream up the purrfect experiment...

    Graham SmithGraham SmithIl y a 6 heures
  • Please tell me about liquid metal robot please please please

    TanyaTanyaIl y a 6 heures
  • catnip= cat marijuanas

    reeyees50reeyees50Il y a 7 heures
  • The cat in the thumbnail looks like me after a month long bender.

    yoursoultasteslikebaconyoursoultasteslikebaconIl y a 8 heures
  • Acacia rats are better than cats. As are dogs and squirrels.

    StitchesStitchesIl y a 9 heures
  • Nepetalectone

    Walter SobchakWalter SobchakIl y a 9 heures
  • Kitties!!!!

    Thomas BusseThomas BusseIl y a 10 heures
  • 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 McEvoyIl y a 12 heures
  • My cats do not give a poop about catnip haha

    Jessi Neilsen CarreñoJessi Neilsen CarreñoIl y a 14 heures
  • Curious if similarly to mosquitos, if that compound is equally repulsive to fleas.

    Sven StevensonSven StevensonIl y a 14 heures
  • I’m not buying it about the mosquitoes.

    Jamie LancasterJamie LancasterIl y a 15 heures
  • Really?... all questions answered, great conclusion...

    SanguineSanguineIl y a 16 heures
  • 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 MintonIl y a 16 heures
  • What if we put catnip in the Colorado grass?

    SavageKingTexas _SavageKingTexas _Il y a 16 heures
  • Odd that apparently no other branch of animals would have this behavior.

    Mitch JohnsonMitch JohnsonIl y a 16 heures
  • Correlation is not causation. Evolution doesn't work like that.

    MasterWasp74MasterWasp74Il y a 17 heures
  • 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.

    StormyPeakStormyPeakIl y a 18 heures
  • 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 FedericoIl y a 18 heures
  • I’d be interested if fleas also avoided cats who have the chemical transferred too 🤔

    enlathestrangeenlathestrangeIl y a 18 heures
  • 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 BedfordIl y a 19 heures
  • 1.25x playback speed, thank me later.

    Chik Nuggets「тм」Chik Nuggets「тм」Il y a 20 heures
  • we aint figured out plants yet but we totally know how the universe was created yep mhmm

    Lord CantiLord CantiIl y a 20 heures
  • 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 HarrisIl y a 21 heure
  • Just like global warming - it was all wrong.

    Ababmer VidAbabmer VidIl y a 21 heure
  • 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 Runner6997Il y a 21 heure
  • This useless video explained nothing...

    ScorpioScorpioIl y a 21 heure
  • What a misleading title.

    IzlarikIzlarikIl y a 21 heure
  • ARE YOU TELLING ME I CAN BOTH ATTRACT CATS AND REBEL MOSQUITOES BY RUBBING MYSELF WITH CATNIP?????

    Cay EnigmaCay EnigmaIl y a 22 heures
  • So DIY bugspray?

    Thomas ToddThomas ToddIl y a 22 heures
  • Cat genes: C A T T A C A

    nimroderynimroderyIl y a 22 heures
  • What a nothing video. Only takeaway is maybe catnip keeps bugs awat

    James KelmensonJames KelmensonIl y a 22 heures
  • How do i apply for the job to play with 🐱🐈‍⬛ all day?

    I TryI TryIl y a 22 heures
  • 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 LayneIl y a 23 heures
  • Also, wouldn't the reward center activation have an excellent impact in mating prospects, like a really good cologne? A cat who rolls around in catnip would smell like catnip to other cats, and would thus attract other cats to the "catnip" all over them, so if they were looking for a mate...

    Theo the DergTheo the DergIl y a 23 heures
  • Come on we don’t need a study to clearly see catnip is cat pot. 420, kitty. 👍🏻

    Sunny SkyeSunny SkyeIl y a 23 heures
  • this is like the shittiest most uninformative video i have ever seen

    De Ath Met Al HellDe Ath Met Al HellIl y a 23 heures
  • So, how does this evolve again? Like, I get that we find a correlation between Catnip and Mosquito repellant. But, how does it evolve? That's the part of evolutionary biology that they can't figure out. More than likely, the traits were chosen by God, as the chance of such a gene mutation happening naturally, and then only being found in cats, is so astronomically high that it might as well be impossible. You might get one instance of it ever occurring throughout all of history, if it's by chance. Instead, we try to explain an entire world where things like this, and much more wondrous, have happened. And even if there are a few other species that do this, it's nearly impossible to account it to evolution. There'd have to be millions of years worth of cats rolling in catnip prior to this happening, and then one of them magically develops a reaction to it. And then all the cats want to mate with that particular cat, with that particular genetic marker. It just starts to break down, really. For the marker to even occur, why do the genes decide to evolve in such a way? It can only be intelligence that gives them the trait. For it to evolve, it evolved because of the need. And that's why it's hard for me to believe in science apart from the Living God. Like, scientists are reversing cause and effect. They're like, "The cat evolved this," without questioning how the gene would develop naturally by chance. Or really any of it for that matter. It's impossible, unless something intelligent is dictating how these traits get passed on. Like isn't it putting the cart before the horse, to say that the thing evolved simply because of the need? That they evolved that way because it's a mosquito repellent? Well, how do the genes know it's a mosquito repellant, and then decide to manifest to help the cats? And really, we have billions of other species with even more unique and specific mutations. It's almost impossible to believe in evolution, without first believing in an Intelligence. And I happen to know that intelligence is named Jesus. Also, why don't we ask why humans developed the biological response to Opium or Marijuana? Like, this whole thing falls apart again. It gets answered when you account that God created the Earth, and wanted there to be medicine.

    Brandon NeifertBrandon NeifertIl y a jour
  • Unfortunately scientists studying animals often end up dissecting them. Or worse

    CG AccountCG AccountIl y a jour
  • Ugh, thanks for my stupid thumbnails for little to no payoff

    MeekoSoupMeekoSoupIl y a jour
  • the smell of bleach makes cats nuttier than catnip

    michelle grindermichelle grinderIl y a jour
  • The reasoning applied by these researchers to cats doesn't seem to make much sense if you try to apply it to humans. Is there any reason to believe there's some kind of secondary advantage which would justify our evolved response to cocaine? Opium? Cannabis? Sounds absolutely ludicrous to even suggest it.

    Reinier VensReinier VensIl y a jour
  • If we are to infer "evolution" or natural selection pressures created this response, then i sirrussly doubt that it's from mosquito repelling effects alone. Sure, they carry malaria and other diseases. But if this is such a strong, dopamine response; then either the drug evolved by social pressure of controlling cat slaves, or worshiping cats/breeding cats (like the ancient Egyptians did), or maybe the birdmen of Gobeckli Tepe used giant cats as slaves, millions of years ago: or else the plants and some chemical or chemical combination between them which they have in common or common effect in the biological chemistry of the cat, must be a powerful cure for parasites (or maybe the behavior induced by the naturally evolved "drug" resulted in better success in getting laid by cute, female, kitty cats. Either way: i think it's import to study the potential, medical benefits of these two plants (far beyond the simple start of "mosquito repellant")- and hopefully before the idiots that be make these plants go extinct (or "illegal", or toxic, gmo, etc.).

    Sunsaver FromNHHSunsaver FromNHHIl y a jour
  • what i took from this is that...marajuana may protect against mosquitos. That's the working hypothesis anyways.

    Es GeeEs GeeIl y a jour
  • My cat reacts much less to catnip than she reacts to other minty and similar smells (she LOVES Vicks Vapor Rub). And I just checked and nepetalectol is only found in catnip. I am not sure if it is only this stuff that makes cats go gaga

    J McJ McIl y a jour
  • Okay, but this doesn't explain why she chose to dress like a ninja.

    underwearskidsunderwearskidsIl y a jour
  • Cat weed

    TijanTijanIl y a jour
  • I love how she points out that the hypothesis is in it's early stages & that it requires scientific method over time, for us to be truly confident of it's assertions. Meanwhile the title of this video declares definitely "We had it all wrong about Catnip". 🤦‍♀️

    Jeigh NeitherJeigh NeitherIl y a jour
  • My aunts cat usually rolls the nip into a blunt and passes it around to the other cats!😺

    The Nerd King!The Nerd King!Il y a jour
  • I don't think that's how evolution works. What we are talking about here has all sorts of weird implications when we talk about something like this with humans with things like sunscreen, OFF, and even condoms and what your telling us evolution itself could do to things like this that protect us in the future. Does marijuana protect us from something and thats why it gets us high? Maybe we can come up with a new theory about alcoholism while were at it...

    Gary RGary RIl y a jour
  • First video of yours I have watched. Anyone tell you sound like Sarah Silverman ?

    StingrayStingrayIl y a jour
  • Love the earrings!

    micheal cameronmicheal cameronIl y a jour
  • this would be similar with cannabis-human relation.

    Surplus KingSurplus KingIl y a jour
  • It's nice to know cats aren't harmed by catnip, as humans are by alcohol. I've observed, though, that some cats become lovie-dovie, but other cats become mean, enhancing the apparent similarity.

    Peter ConwayPeter ConwayIl y a jour
  • ah the Japanese and cats. name a meowr iconic dio. i'll let meowself out.

    Angus UchihaAngus UchihaIl y a jour
  • An insect-repellant with nepetalactol would have the dual benefit of repelling mosquitoes and attracting lovable cats.

    Peter ConwayPeter ConwayIl y a jour
  • There doesn't need to be a reason that cats will like this. If it is not harming the cats/preventing them from reproducing, then it would just remain in population

    HelioHelioIl y a jour
  • "This compound directly activated a reward system in the feline brain.". Ok , so the cat is high af. I had it right already.

    A KewlenA KewlenIl y a jour
  • hey everyone.. my cat looks EXACTLY like the cat on this videos thumbnail. can anyone PLEASE help me discover what type of breed that could potentially be. . .

    FOCUS.ALCHEMYFOCUS.ALCHEMYIl y a jour
  • If you read the comments first. Cats inherently like catnip and silver vine. Mosquitos don't. More research is needed. Possibly saved you 5 minutes of your life.

    noobpro 97noobpro 97Il y a jour
  • This show has gotten boring over the past year.

    James WallaceJames WallaceIl y a jour
  • But these herbs are equally available to other creatures in the wild. Do other animals also show similar behaviour or association with these plants ??

    Shreyan RayShreyan RayIl y a jour
  • For humans, just don’t rub this on you in the woods to ward off mosquitoes, you may just fine you have traded the mosquitoes for large cats aka cougars in the PNW... 😄

    Auspicious CloudAuspicious CloudIl y a jour
  • Someone should invent substance like catnip for humans.

    HaploHaploIl y a jour
  • Sure, there are other animals that do this and get high off it, like ripped, lol. There is a species of Lemure that targets a species of Centipede for the same purpose. They bite them, but not kill them, to get the Centipede to excrete it's toxin defence (which is basically Cyanide). And the Lemures then rub the Centipede all over themselves as an insect repellent, while getting high on it's toxic effects more each bite until they are falling down, wasted. Stoned Lemures are funny, they looked like stoned humans, lol.

    Bill Does StuffBill Does StuffIl y a jour
  • HOW ABOUT KERMIT AND IRISH SOAP

    ezzyezzyIl y a jour
  • Dumb idea: do ticks react to nepatelactol?

    Stephen MStephen MIl y a jour
  • Activating the reward center of the brain doesn't sound like it'd have no negative effects.

    CasualTwist51CasualTwist51Il y a jour
  • effect on flees?

    earnmyturnsearnmyturnsIl y a jour
  • "the way into intoxicating substances can in humans" lol many other substances. an cause brain damage in cats, and many drugs dont cause any damage in humans, for example weed, shrooms or lsd

    The Earth Is a DonutThe Earth Is a DonutIl y a jour
  • who writes this crap?

    Charles HultquistCharles HultquistIl y a jour
  • This is stupid. Cats didn't evolve to like catnip because it repelled mosquitos. One of them had a gene mutation which caused a catnip reaction, and that happened to have another effect of repelling mosquitos. When is science going to stop anthropomorphizing random mutations?!

    Dave HollsDave HollsIl y a jour
  • "To examine mosquito repellence from cat heads, 30 A. albopictus were placed into acrylic cages (40 cm × 20 cm × 20 cm) with 14 air vents (3 mm diameter) and two holes (10 cm diameter) in opposite sides of the cage that allowed the insertion of the heads of two anesthetized cats, with plastic bags (17 cm depth) around their necks to prevent mosquito escape." This is the necessary animal testing cutting edge science apparently needs to do...

    Sonny DSonny DIl y a jour
  • Sounds and feels more like a beneficial coincidence then their brains evolving that much excitement over cat nap. Plenty of other plants repel mosquitos and some do it a lot more effectively but they have no effects on cats. There is way more too it then that.

    John HatchellJohn HatchellIl y a jour
  • Maybe the cats just like getting high

    Jacob NewbornJacob NewbornIl y a jour
  • How about Lavender? I have had cats that love fresh lavender plants and would regularily roll in it, but not in the mental state catnip gives them. Also mosquito repelling benefits?

    Sol ThereseSol ThereseIl y a jour
  • Accidentally found out that cats can react the same way to celery as to the nip.

    Carolyn SaffoeCarolyn SaffoeIl y a jour
  • “We has catnip all wrong” “We don’t know what it’s actually used for” Ay another video wasting everyone’s time talking about nothing, I hate this channel!

    •Il y a jour
  • I did a science experiment. I had some catnip (for my cats) so I made a tea out of it. Besides it tasting like crap, it has a slight mood altering quality. Doesn't really get you high but it does relax you. Kind of like a mild anti-anxiety drug. SCIENCE!!!

    Conan FodderConan FodderIl y a jour
    • Yup, I found the same thing. Definitely not pot, but it does act as a mild relaxant. Oh and it will stink up your kitchen something fierce.

      Asus McTabletAsus McTabletIl y a 15 heures
  • Bet she got a pretty kitty under them ugly ass jeans

    skankhunt42 skankhunt42skankhunt42 skankhunt42Il y a jour
  • I love the smell of catnip no I swear I’m not a cat

    MsGabriel1880MsGabriel1880Il y a jour
  • It's to repel fleas not mosquitos.

    Herring ChokerHerring ChokerIl y a jour
  • THANK YOU for pointing out possible correlation rather than pure cause and effect.

    TDTTDTIl y a jour
  • A mosquito repellent? Excuse me while I'll roll in catnip and silver vine

    CatastrophesheCatastrophesheIl y a jour
  • woundn’t it neat if we could tell what’s going on in little heads of women

    Augunautics IncAugunautics IncIl y a jour
  • so what you're saying in if I cover myself in catnip i get the stats +20 Cats and -20 Mosquitos. win win

    YesImHumanYesImHumanIl y a jour
  • Nepetalactol named after the homestuck troll Nepeta :33

    Dubs McCheck'emDubs McCheck'emIl y a jour
  • The presenter in this video looks and sounds just like Charisma Carpenter! Addendum: According to the credits she's the host and her name is Rose Bear Don't Walk.

    Jack PassmoreJack PassmoreIl y a jour
  • Catnip when used in humans- works as a safe sleep aid, when brewed as a tea

    Laura WilsonLaura WilsonIl y a jour
  • Does it have the same effect of deterring flees and or ticks?

    Mandy ManMandy ManIl y a jour
  • Waste of time

    Jeya ArockiamJeya ArockiamIl y a jour
  • So after four minutes you eventually say that you’ve got no idea.

    Sidney BarkerSidney BarkerIl y a jour
  • I mean the math over a span of millions of year adds up to it clearly evolving in them so how doesn’t it show... that’s its entirely correct? Less mosquito bites = higher chance of survival. We all know that part... unless of course the catnip is only a part of the puzzle...

    Charles InmanCharles InmanIl y a jour
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