In article <pppnic.6.00189A23 at actrix.gen.nz> pppnic at actrix.gen.nz (Rowena Cave-Lynch) writes:
>From: pppnic at actrix.gen.nz (Rowena Cave-Lynch)
>Subject: Re: catnip :)
>Date: Fri, 19 Jan 1996 01:27:43 GMT
>>Hi nice people,
>>I've always been curious about this, but couldn't find it
>>Um, does anyone know what the "drug" is in catnip? And
>>why does it only work on cats (or is that not true)?
>>Any hints or conjectures would be very much appreciated,
>>or you can tell me where to go (which newsgroup, that is).
>>Always curious (as is Rollie, my beloved Tabby)
>>P.S., I'm a grad student in Pharmacology, so I'll use this
>>information for good, not evil.
>>sandraw at U.Arizona.EDU
>Catnip (Nepeta Cataria): a perennial of the mint family. My "Grieves" Herbal
>says of it that it is the bruised plant cats like - if not bruised, they
>ignore it. Rats, apparently, hate it. It is carminative, tonic, diaphoretic,
>refrigerant and slightly emmenagogic, particularly anti-spasmodic, and mildly
>stimulating. etc. She doesn't, however, go into the chemical constituents as
>she does with many herbs. However, I have read (I also have catnip-intoxicated
>cats) that the scent is very close to a pheromone produced by lactating female
>cats, which would explain the almost orgasmic writhing of our cat in the
Somewhat on the same subject, does anyone know if there are any compounds in
spider plants that would make a cat want to eat it several times a day? One of
our cats seems to prefer the plant even though he has several pots of grass to
eat, too (he's an indoor cat). My husband and I jokingly tell each other that
he is addicted to the spider plant--maybe someone knows if this is possible or
not. He doesn't eat much at each 'snack' and never throws it up.
nhende at scri.sari.ac.uk