Cat lover test: Are you a catnip expert?
What does the world need more of? Cats. Happy cats. Rutgers understands this.
If you're a crazy cat woman in the making like myself, you'll appreciate the fact that Rutgers scientists just spent the last ten years engineering a new type of catnip.
In honor of this odd, unsolicited achievement, here are five unusual facts about the strange plant we give our felines for fun.
- Catnip is a member of the mint family. While I wouldn't toss it in my next mojito, its fresh aroma can be used like an essential oil.
- Speaking of drinks, you can make this herb into a helpful tea. When taken by humans it can act as a mild sedative, numb headaches and tooth pain, cure nausea and aid sleep.
- The new catnip developed by RU doubles as mosquito repellent. It'll also scare off other bugs like cockroaches and deer ticks, which could help prevent the contraction of insect-transmitted diseases like Lyme Disease, malaria and West Nile virus. Thanks, Rutgers!
- Even though your cat may go crazy at a mere whiff of this plant, it's nonaddictive.
- Big cats love catnip, too. Some trappers actually use the leaves to attract bobcats, lynx and other large species.
P.S. If you already knew all these, chances are you're a crazy cat person, too. Own it.