A plant that we call catnip (its proper name is Nepeta cataria) has an extraordinary effect on around 80% of cats.
An encounter with either the plant itself or with a catnip-stuffed toy can make cats excited, and they may sniff and roll around on the ground or over the catnip.
The active chemical in the plant is called nepetalactone and has been likened to LSD. However, its effect is short-lived and harmless.
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