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- n. A chemical found in catnip.
The active ingredient, nepetalactone, is non-toxic to people and pets.
Catnip purveyors love nepetalactone, even if they can't say it.
Both contain nepetalactone, the essential oil cats react to.
The Boy's features nepetalactone the active ingredient in catnip.
It is thought that cats nibble and rub against the catnip to bruise it and thereby cause more of the nepetalactone oil to be released.
Studies in 2001 and 2005 and by Zhu and others in 2006, reported that catnip, a native mint plant, contains nepetalactone compounds that work very well at repelling insects.
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