I've been giving some thought to catnip. I'm not interested in it at all. The lady has a big old bag of super deluxe organic stuff which she sprinkled around and I showed no interest. She made a catnip toy and gave it to me. Not interested. So, when Sparky Spitfire passed along the "Bring on the Nip" award to me (thanks, Sparky), I started wondering, "why all the fuss about this herb, and why don't I like it?"
I found some interesting information.
"A cat liking catnip is an inherited trait, which is why some cats love it and some don’t. The response is due to an autosomal gene. When cats love this herb, they will roll in it, lick it, eat it and go crazy for a couple of minutes. The thing cats go wild about in catnip is a substance called nepetalactone, which causes a chemical reaction in the feline brain." [more info]
Then, I started wondering, "Do lions and tigers like catnip?"
Check out this website which has a great video of the big cats reacting to catnip. My favorite is the panther (of course!), followed by the two bobcats!
Since I don't have a photo of me rejecting catnip, here is one of me rubbing my scent on the wood at the bottom of the steps.