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Ask the Doctor January 2019 Issue

Dear Doctor: Stoner Cats

Dear Doctor: Stoner Cats

Q. Just what is it about catnip that gets cats high? And why do they go from being so intrigued by catnip to bored by it so quickly?

Joe Easterbrook

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Dear Mr. Easterbrook,

A. Not just pets but also lions and tigers and other big cats are very susceptible to a volatile oil in catnip called nepetalactone. When the odor hits the nose and the nose alerts the brain, they exhibit behaviors common to females inů

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