Economic Botany

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 214–231

Catnip and the catnip response

  • Arthur O. Tucker
  • Sharon S. Tucker


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.


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© The New York Botanical Garden 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Arthur O. Tucker
    • 1
  • Sharon S. Tucker
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Agriculture and Natural ResourcesDelaware State CollegeDover
  2. 2.Parallel ProgramUniversity of Delaware, Delaware Technical and Community CollegeDover

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