As you’re thinking about your holiday shopping, consider this news from the Winn Feline Foundation: silver vine, not catnip, is cats’ recreational herb of choice.
Researchers actually tested several mind-bending plants on 100 cats. Catnip made the cats happier than any of the others, but in the face off between silver vine and catnip, silver vine won paws down. Seventy-nine percent of the cats had the most fun with silver vine, while 68 percent really got off on catnip. Of the cats who didn’t respond to catnip, 71 per cent were turned on by silver vine.
Among the duds were honeysuckle and valerian root, which are popular substitutes for catnip when cautious humans are planning their cats’ recreational activities. Turns out they’re not at all popular among cats.
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