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Why do Cats like catnip?

What is it about catnip that makes it irresistible to cats?

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Catnip is actually an herb that belongs to the mint family. The moment its leaves are torn, a certain chemical called nepetalactone is released. This is what draws cats to catnip. The same organ that is responsible for operating a cat’s five senses (sight, smell, touch, sound and taste) is what causes cats to react this way towards catnip.

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