Aroma Chemistry Biology

The chemistry of cats: Allergies, catnip and urine

Why are some people allergic to cats? Why does cat pee smell so bad? And why do cats love catnip? This graphic looks at some of the answers!

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The Chemical Behind Catnip’s Effect on Cats

Everyone knows cats go crazy for catnip. It’s an effect that’s been noted in scientific literature as far back as the 18th Century, when scientists observed┬áthat cats seemed to be attracted to catnip when the plant was withered or bruised. Since then, research has managed to amass a little more detail on exactly why catnip […]