The senior keeper at Big Cat Rescue – Chris Poole – decides to give the big cats some catnip. The goal is to find out whether or not big cats like catnip. He gets some catnip from a plastic jug and fills a brown paper bag. He goes on to crumple the brown paper bag into a ball. Several big cats are given the paper bag filled with catnip and filmed to observe the reactions.
The first big cat to be tested was a tiger named Alex. The tiger bites the bag several times until the catnip is revealed. It didn’t seem to have any problems with the catnip. A leopard named Reno was next to be exposed to catnip. It walked over to the bag and started biting it. The leopard reacts differently to the bag laced with catnip. It starts rolling on the ground.
A pair of lynx were next to sample a paper bag exposed to catnip. The lynx has recognizable pointy ears, and there are four types. The catnip doesn’t seem to affect them too much, but there is noticeable signs of fatigue. One lynx yawns, and its eyes appear to be blurry or dazed.
The next big cat to be tested is an albino tiger named Zabu. It is shown rolling on the ground. There’s also a panther in this video. It is named Sabre. The panther is on the ground grasping at the bag. It makes a couple of unique facial expressions while growling at the bag. It makes a lunge at the bag and lands on its back while wrestling with the bag.
Another leopard or lynx named Amazing Grace rolls on the ground and covers its head with its paws. The last big cat to be tested was Joseph the lion. It didn’t react at all to the paper bag filled with catnip.
Catnip is a plant native to Europe, the Middle East, and parts of China. It contains the essential oil nepetalactone, which repels mosquitoes and flies. It also attracts cats. Catnip is commonly used to keep cats busy. If the cat is exposed to too much catnip it may drool, become sleepy, and be anxious.
Interacting with a cat exposed to catnip may lead to scratching, biting, and growling. The effects are short-term, lasting about 15 minutes. Only 33% of cats are affected by catnip and the responses to catnip are hereditary.
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