Catnip and the catnip response
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- Tucker, A.O. & Tucker, S.S. Econ Bot (1988) 42: 214. doi:10.1007/BF02858923
Fourteen chemical compounds from diverse biological sources elicit a unique pattern of behavior in most species of the family Felidae. These chemicals may be grouped into 7-methylcyclopentapyranones, 7-methyl-2-pyrindines, and 4-methylbenzofuranones. They may function as either hallucinogens or cross-react with naturally occurring social odors.