We Had Catnip All Wrong

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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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  1. I Try
    I Try
    29 minuta më parë

    How do i apply for the job to play with 🐱🐈‍⬛ all day?

  2. K A Layne
    K A Layne
    54 minuta më parë

    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.

  3. Theo the Derg
    Theo the Derg
    58 minuta më parë

    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...

  4. Sunny Skye
    Sunny Skye
    Orë më parë

    Come on we don’t need a study to clearly see catnip is cat pot. 420, kitty. 👍🏻

  5. De Ath Met Al Hell
    De Ath Met Al Hell
    Orë më parë

    this is like the shittiest most uninformative video i have ever seen

  6. Brandon Neifert
    Brandon Neifert
    2 orë më parë

    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.

  7. CG Account
    CG Account
    2 orë më parë

    Unfortunately scientists studying animals often end up dissecting them. Or worse

  8. MeekoSoup
    3 orë më parë

    Ugh, thanks for my stupid thumbnails for little to no payoff

  9. michelle grinder
    michelle grinder
    3 orë më parë

    the smell of bleach makes cats nuttier than catnip

  10. Reinier Vens
    Reinier Vens
    3 orë më parë

    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.

  11. Sunsaver FromNHH
    Sunsaver FromNHH
    3 orë më parë

    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.).

  12. Es Gee
    Es Gee
    4 orë më parë

    what i took from this is that...marajuana may protect against mosquitos. That's the working hypothesis anyways.

  13. J Mc
    J Mc
    4 orë më parë

    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

  14. underwearskids
    5 orë më parë

    Okay, but this doesn't explain why she chose to dress like a ninja.

  15. Tijan
    5 orë më parë

    Cat weed

  16. Jeigh Neither
    Jeigh Neither
    5 orë më parë

    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". 🤦‍♀️

  17. The Nerd King!
    The Nerd King!
    5 orë më parë

    My aunts cat usually rolls the nip into a blunt and passes it around to the other cats!😺

  18. Gary R
    Gary R
    5 orë më parë

    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...

  19. Stingray
    5 orë më parë

    First video of yours I have watched. Anyone tell you sound like Sarah Silverman ?

  20. micheal cameron
    micheal cameron
    6 orë më parë

    Love the earrings!

  21. Surplus King
    Surplus King
    7 orë më parë

    this would be similar with cannabis-human relation.

  22. Peter Conway
    Peter Conway
    8 orë më parë

    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.

  23. Angus Uchiha
    Angus Uchiha
    8 orë më parë

    ah the Japanese and cats. name a meowr iconic dio. i'll let meowself out.

  24. Peter Conway
    Peter Conway
    8 orë më parë

    An insect-repellant with nepetalactol would have the dual benefit of repelling mosquitoes and attracting lovable cats.

  25. Helio
    8 orë më parë

    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

  26. A Kewlen
    A Kewlen
    10 orë më parë

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

    10 orë më parë

    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. . .

  28. noobpro 97
    noobpro 97
    10 orë më parë

    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.

  29. James Wallace
    James Wallace
    10 orë më parë

    This show has gotten boring over the past year.

  30. Shreyan Ray
    Shreyan Ray
    11 orë më parë

    But these herbs are equally available to other creatures in the wild. Do other animals also show similar behaviour or association with these plants ??

  31. Auspicious Cloud
    Auspicious Cloud
    11 orë më parë

    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... 😄

  32. Haplo
    11 orë më parë

    Someone should invent substance like catnip for humans.

  33. Bill Does Stuff
    Bill Does Stuff
    11 orë më parë

    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.

  34. ezzy
    12 orë më parë


  35. Stephen M
    Stephen M
    12 orë më parë

    Dumb idea: do ticks react to nepatelactol?

  36. CasualTwist51
    12 orë më parë

    Activating the reward center of the brain doesn't sound like it'd have no negative effects.

  37. earnmyturns
    12 orë më parë

    effect on flees?

  38. The Earth Is a Donut
    The Earth Is a Donut
    13 orë më parë

    "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

  39. Charles Hultquist
    Charles Hultquist
    13 orë më parë

    who writes this crap?

  40. Dave Holls
    Dave Holls
    14 orë më parë

    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?!

  41. Sonny D
    Sonny D
    14 orë më parë

    "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...

  42. John Hatchell
    John Hatchell
    14 orë më parë

    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.

  43. Jacob Newborn
    Jacob Newborn
    14 orë më parë

    Maybe the cats just like getting high

  44. Sol Therese
    Sol Therese
    14 orë më parë

    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?

  45. Carolyn Saffoe
    Carolyn Saffoe
    15 orë më parë

    Accidentally found out that cats can react the same way to celery as to the nip.

  46. •
    16 orë më parë

    “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!

  47. Conan Fodder
    Conan Fodder
    16 orë më parë

    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!!!

  48. skankhunt42 skankhunt42
    skankhunt42 skankhunt42
    16 orë më parë

    Bet she got a pretty kitty under them ugly ass jeans

  49. MsGabriel1880
    16 orë më parë

    I love the smell of catnip no I swear I’m not a cat

  50. Herring Choker
    Herring Choker
    16 orë më parë

    It's to repel fleas not mosquitos.

  51. TDT
    17 orë më parë

    THANK YOU for pointing out possible correlation rather than pure cause and effect.

  52. Catastropheshe
    17 orë më parë

    A mosquito repellent? Excuse me while I'll roll in catnip and silver vine

  53. Augunautics Inc
    Augunautics Inc
    17 orë më parë

    woundn’t it neat if we could tell what’s going on in little heads of women

  54. YesImHuman
    17 orë më parë

    so what you're saying in if I cover myself in catnip i get the stats +20 Cats and -20 Mosquitos. win win

  55. Dubs McCheck'em
    Dubs McCheck'em
    17 orë më parë

    Nepetalactol named after the homestuck troll Nepeta :33

  56. Jack Passmore
    Jack Passmore
    18 orë më parë

    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.

  57. Laura Wilson
    Laura Wilson
    18 orë më parë

    Catnip when used in humans- works as a safe sleep aid, when brewed as a tea

  58. Mandy Man
    Mandy Man
    18 orë më parë

    Does it have the same effect of deterring flees and or ticks?

  59. Jeya Arockiam
    Jeya Arockiam
    18 orë më parë

    Waste of time

  60. Sidney Barker
    Sidney Barker
    19 orë më parë

    So after four minutes you eventually say that you’ve got no idea.

  61. Charles Inman
    Charles Inman
    19 orë më parë

    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...

  62. Magnus Inventum
    Magnus Inventum
    19 orë më parë

    So, if this chemical keeps mosquitoes at bay, why do we buy carcinogenic deet?

  63. Pathetic Prepper
    Pathetic Prepper
    19 orë më parë

    Finally, a voice for video... took long enough! The wife and I still make fun of the way the old one said huge!. She always made a vagina symbol with her hands ... then pointed below saying. .. huge!

  64. Mathilda Murray
    Mathilda Murray
    20 orë më parë

    Is this host a new addition or have I just not been shown videos in a while. Either way, loved the video and looking forward to hearing from you again!

  65. 44R0Ndin
    20 orë më parë

    Well, I guess we can add that chemical to the list of known chemicals that repel biting insects that can be sourced and extracted from plants without much chemical processing.

  66. Star Observers
    Star Observers
    21 orë më parë

    Well that was stupid

  67. Jay Bell
    Jay Bell
    21 orë më parë

    Imagine if people showed their butt Hls as a sign of greeting! 😫😫😫

  68. green cat
    green cat
    21 orë më parë

    My cat doesn't react to catnip. My disappointment is immeasurable and my day is ruined...

  69. Flip Flanagan
    Flip Flanagan
    21 orë më parë

    They left a whole lot out. Cats that get neutered or spayed before they become sexually matured, catnip doesn’t work.

  70. Alex Starks
    Alex Starks
    21 orë më parë

    Why do you need to clickbait people into actually learning? I hate this world. Also, nepetalactol is awesome. If only someone could tell me why I love LSD-25 soo much.

  71. mrbojangles010
    22 orë më parë

    That is almost certainly not the reason. If it was we would see that with other animals besides felines as well

  72. Hugo Rayman
    Hugo Rayman
    22 orë më parë

    When did you start making click bait?

  73. Diana Pahule
    Diana Pahule
    22 orë më parë

    Growing up in Southern California with too many cats, our particular dynasty (most of them were related) had no interest in catnip. Consequently as an adult I've felt no impulse to introduce nip to my kitty. She does like lemon grass though which the internet suggested to me as mosquito repellent.

  74. TauntedSymbol
    22 orë më parë

    My cats don't react at all to catnip

  75. George Grant
    George Grant
    22 orë më parë

    I have 211 year old cats from the same litter as one of them has gotten older he’s become a little mean to his brother I have use the cat nip the lighten both of them up so they don’t fight so far it has worked pretty well getting them both stoned at the same time!

  76. JAYSON
    22 orë më parë

    Wonder if I drench myself in catnip I could attract the host of this episode. Mama Mia!

  77. C4D
    22 orë më parë

    “Less” could be 9 mosquitos compared to 10. Which is relatively meaningless. You and they need to post the actual numbers.

  78. D R
    D R
    22 orë më parë

    Similar to lemurs and milipedes! There's a video montages of lemurs nibbling on them and rubbing them all over their fur, it got them in the higher plane as well as some sort of repellent supposedly.

  79. Ryan Carelse
    Ryan Carelse
    22 orë më parë

    Scientists = license to make up whatever bulshit they want.

  80. Monique Engleman
    Monique Engleman
    22 orë më parë

    RESEARCH SHOWS... THE BRAIN.... Means these animals are being tested by embedded devices in their brain. Can anyone say Animal cruelty????

  81. Julian
    23 orë më parë

    So, what did we have wrong about it?

  82. Too Many Opinions
    Too Many Opinions
    23 orë më parë

    I once had a cat who’s only response to catnip was to IMMEDIATELY eat it whole. All the other cats were rolling around but he just calmly and quickly ate it then went along with his day. LOL.

  83. Too Many Opinions
    Too Many Opinions
    23 orë më parë

    Their butt is how they convey information. They’re being friendly.

  84. Luke 2:52
    Luke 2:52
    23 orë më parë

    So are you Eva Longoria's daughter or what

  85. Jaidev Tyagi
    Jaidev Tyagi
    23 orë më parë

    So it's their weed with mosquito repellent...

  86. Faustus
    23 orë më parë

    This is like asking why humans have evolved to process THC and come up with something like "THC can make humans eat a lot and this provides an evolutionary benefit". It's just plain BS.

  87. chrism3784
    23 orë më parë

    I see it now! Catnip spray for humans as an all nature mosquito repellant. I called it first!!

  88. Silkut
    23 orë më parë

    You mistook catnip as a science channel??? Unsubcribed

  89. dezik brio
    dezik brio
    23 orë më parë

    "we had catnip all wrong" but literally says nothing to disprove currently accepted knowledge on catnip, you might as well have called it "a Japanese study on catnip and silver vine" cause you basically said nothing of value in this entire video except Japanese researchers are studying this

  90. Keepsdigging Seven
    Keepsdigging Seven
    23 orë më parë

    this didnt clear up a thing.

  91. sursurrus
    Ditë më parë

    you know what's awesome, x2 speed to get the actual information quickly ;) catnip: intoxicates, repels mosquitos

  92. Damian Green
    Damian Green
    Ditë më parë

    I wonder if catnip is a better mosquito repellant than other plants in a cats native environment. If so, that would be further evidence to support the theory.

  93. Azra Sashima
    Azra Sashima
    Ditë më parë

    some big cats also like chasing laser pointers. but lions/tigers dont care about them, they want u instead lol.

  94. Kevin Chastain
    Kevin Chastain
    Ditë më parë

    does this also effect fleas that would be on the cat, does the ingesting of catnip cause fleas to leave the cat.

  95. Dolly
    Ditë më parë

    There's no president of space, it's the one place that hasn't been corrupted by capitalism

  96. Т1000 Youtube
    Т1000 Youtube
    Ditë më parë

    4 days ago, uhh

  97. Magus
    Ditë më parë

    Cats are mysterious creatures *shows a cats butthole*

  98. David Drown
    David Drown
    Ditë më parë

    So exactly what part did we have “all wrong”???

  99. TheEmmaLucille
    Ditë më parë

    Cats are Gods and Godesses, that's why we do not understand them.

  100. tehsidewinder
    Ditë më parë

    Joe rogan talking to his cat: you ever do dmt? Cat: I’ve dabbled with silver vine