Mysterious Cats

Feb 03, 2020, 05:00 AM
Why do cats like boxes? Why do they wiggle their butts before they pounce and does cat nip really make cats high? All these questions (and a whole lot more) are answered by our intrepid science reporters, Jeanna and Mindy.
Below you can find links to further reading on the topics discussed in this episode.

  • A 2014 study in the journal Applied Animal Behavior Science with shelter cats with and without hiding boxes to see if boxes could reduce stress
  • When cats are just lying around not expending energy, their ideal temperature is 86 to 100 degrees F (30 to 38 degrees C), according to a study published in 2016 in the Scientific World Journal


  • Its scientific name is Nepeta cataria. And it belongs to the mint family Lamiaceae
  • Most cats — or maybe even all — are affected by catnip to some degree

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