Most cats lose their minds when exposed to catnip. Occasionally people see how much fun cats have with catnip that they try to duplicate the effects on themselves, which often fails while the cats continue enjoying themselves.

However, there may be another reason why cats like catnip. According to a new study, damaging the leaves of catnip releases significant amounts of insect-repelling compounds into the air, bathing the cat in a natural pesticide. So let your cat enjoy catnip because when your cat is happy, you’ll be happy too.

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