Your cat isn’t just getting high off catnip

  • The ecstatic rush might not be the only reason felines flock to plants like catnip, new research suggests. Compounds laced into plants like silver vine and catnip might also help cats ward off mosquitoes. (MetrocreativeConnection/Special to West Hawaii Today)

For a lesson in euphoria, look no further than a house cat twined around a twig of silver vine. When offered a snipping of the plant, which contains chemicals similar to the ones found in catnip, most domesticated felines will purr, drool and smoosh their faces into its intoxicating leaves and stems, then zonk out in a state of catatonic bliss.