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  • n. A chemical found in catnip.


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Nepeta, genus name + lactone


  • The active ingredient, nepetalactone, is non-toxic to people and pets.

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  • Catnip purveyors love nepetalactone, even if they can't say it.


  • Both contain nepetalactone, the essential oil cats react to.

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  • The Boy's features nepetalactone the active ingredient in catnip.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • "The same oil that causes roaches and mosquitoes to flee, nepetalactone, causes at least two thirds of the feline population to flip their lid. Catnip is extremely easy to grow, both indoors and outdoors, whether from a seed or a start."

    - 'The Plant You Can Grow To Organically Repel Mosquitoes',, 22 August 2008.

    September 29, 2008