Cats, catnip, and curious chemicals

A new study shows why cats love silver vine, which is like catnip, with bonus mosquito-repelling properties
27 January 2021
Presented by Eva Higginbotham
Production by Eva Higginbotham.


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You’ve probably heard of catnip, which makes cats go crazy. There’s also another plant called silver vine, which has a similar effect. Now scientists have been nailing down what in silver vine makes cats so excited, but also a surprising bonus effect of the chemical - it makes an effective mosquito repellent! Eva Higginbotham heard how from lead author on the study Masau Miyazaki from Iwate University, which has just been published in the journal Science Advances...



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