It’s time for me to check up on my nip garden again. But this visit is a little bit different because I found an article in Gizmodo that suggests a compound in catnip may be a mosquito repellant! And my human was wondering why she always gets bitten and I never do.
The research found a compound called nepetalactol, which apparently functions as both a cat intoxicant and repels mosquitos. In fact, silver vine contains this compound too.
I did have an issue with this story, however. The title is “Cats Love Catnip Because It Protects Them From Mosquitoes, New Research Suggests.” The researchers say it has to do with hunting effectively. But I think this is another instance of putting human characteristics on cats. What cat ever thought of rolling in catnip prior to hunting? They’d never get around to stalking their prey! Whenever I stop by my nip garden, repelling mosquitos is probably the last thing on my mind.
Trust me, cats love catnip for one reason, and one reason only.
For the endorphin rush! Humans, feel free to rub some catnip on your bare skin next time you are worried about mosquitos. You’ll attract cats instead, but I’m sure you won’t mind that.
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