Ban it!

Think of the second-hand effects: cat staff getting SCRATCHED! And it could lead to other countries adopting catnip!

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  1. Posted July 31, 2014 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    For those who don’t know, catnip is in the mint family, along with oregano and thyme, and it’s tasty for humans. Use fresh ‘nip for culinary purposes where you might substitute oregano or thyme for one another.

    I understand it has mild sedative effects on humans, especially when brewed as a tea. I imagine a pot of catnip chamomile tea would probably be good preparation for a catnap on a lazy winter’s afternoon.


    • moarscienceplz
      Posted July 31, 2014 at 10:43 am | Permalink

      Oh, so this baggie full of green stuff is just your “tea”, is it? I’m afraid you’ll have to come with me, sir.

      • Posted July 31, 2014 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

        I swear, ossifer — it’s for my cat’s glaucoma! Honest!


        • moarscienceplz
          Posted July 31, 2014 at 3:09 pm | Permalink


  2. Jesper Both Pedersen
    Posted July 31, 2014 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Drugs are bad, mkay.

  3. E.A. Blair
    Posted July 31, 2014 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    My previous cats (Freti, died in 2008) and Kveldulf (died in 2012) were absolutely crazy about catnip. My current cats, Isa and Samone, are totally indifferent to it. I don’t know if it has anything to do with the fact that the former pair were males and the current pair are female.

    • Luis
      Posted July 31, 2014 at 9:38 am | Permalink

      I’ve had cats that are indifferent, but in my experience most cats are quite sensitive to it. I’ve also noticed that some appear to go crazier than others, so I wonder if there are different “degrees” of sensitivity, or if maybe the different behaviour is related to each sensitive cat’s individual personality.

      • E.A. Blair
        Posted July 31, 2014 at 11:30 am | Permalink

        According to the Wikipedia article on Nepeta cataria, roughly ½ to ⅔ of all cats are sensitive to catnip, and that large species (except for lions, which are less sensitive) are about the same. I get a kick out of the thought that all it might take to turn a Panthera tigris altaica into a moggie going all gurfy over getting a few cuddles is a big pile of catnip.

        • Luis
          Posted July 31, 2014 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

          I didn’t know that! I thought it would be great to see video of big cats under the effects of catnip, and a quick Youtube search actually produced some:

          Big cats go just as crazy!!

          • microraptor
            Posted July 31, 2014 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

            That leopard looks like he needs some impala flavored Doritos.

  4. Posted July 31, 2014 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    Catnip sensitivity is genetically based (I cant remember if the “sensitive” allele is dominant or recessive). Some cats have the genes, others don’t.

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted July 31, 2014 at 7:44 am | Permalink

      I had recently learned that sensitivity is thought to be due to a dominant allele.

  5. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted July 31, 2014 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    Now I understand that the Big Electric Cat song was really just trying to corrupt our kitties. Especially with the volume turned up to 11.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted August 2, 2014 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

      First time I’ve seen that. Is it legal?

  6. Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    Posted July 31, 2014 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Ha! I haven’t been back to the “legalize” thread yet, but it looks like part of my comment is made fun of. Since I had all of a few minutes to jot down first impressions the quality of it likely deserves that. [I’m vary of smoking. Some particles, especially from smoke, are carcinogens. Of course there must be a dosage under where you say it isn’t a local problem, just a population problem. Like particles in cities. And another, possibly, where repair mechanisms prevent cancer.]

    Or else it was too good and jokes was the only possible response. =D

    Let me joke back, since no analogy is a perfect equivalency by definition:

    If scratches is a problem, you should ban CATS! Obviously catnip is endemic and doesn’t heed bans or national borders, while people can be swayed and heed national borders.

    Just think of Antarctic, adopting cats. It is far away, but before it is too late, won’t anybody think about the poor pandemic penguins!?

    • Diane G.
      Posted July 31, 2014 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

      “Pandemic penguins.” Is that the Black & White Plague?

  7. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted July 31, 2014 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    At the risk of being branded a party-pooper, I confess that I’m conflicted about the use of catnip. While its effects on kitty behavior are certainly amusing to humans, it’s never been clear to me whether it’s all that much fun for the cat.

    Says Wikipedia (my emphasis):

    Consuming much of the plant is followed by drooling, sleepiness, anxiety, leaping about and purring. Some growl, meow, scratch, or bite at the hand holding it.

    This corroborates my own observations, and in my view is not unambiguously the behavior of a cat having a good time.

    So why do cats go for a plant that has these effects on them? Because they like it is certainly one possibility. Or maybe they like a little bit of it, but don’t know when they’ve had too much until it’s too late. It’s also conceivable that the plant is manipulating their behavior for reasons of its own that have yet to be discovered.

    Pending answers to these questions, and having suffered a few bad trips and avoidable hangovers myself, I prefer to err on the side of caution and limit my cat’s exposure to catnip.

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted July 31, 2014 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

      We would keep our catnip in a cloth bag, so ‘Chin Chin’ could not eat it.

  8. Igor
    Posted July 31, 2014 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    That what cats on catnip do!!! :

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