Catnip is a perennial herb of the mint family and has “nepetalactone”, a chemical that cats love to smell. After rubbing themselves in cute fashion they start to act funny. The reason they rub their faces on it imply that the pheromones released from the herb mimic their own facial pheromones.
Mosquitoes, cockroaches, flies, and termites hate catnip, another great reason to rub your face on it. 70% of cats show interest in catnip and some big cats like lions and tigers do as well. It’s in their genes to rub in the green herb.
I know if I lived in the woods and was tired of getting bit by mosquitoes I’d love to find such a herb!
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