Catnip and oestrous behaviour in the cat.

@article{Palen1966CatnipAO,
  title={Catnip and oestrous behaviour in the cat.},
  author={G F Palen and Graham V. Goddard},
  journal={Animal behaviour},
  year={1966},
  volume={14 2},
  pages={
          372-7
        }
}
Summary This research evaluated Todd's (1963) suggestion that catnip elicits an aspect of oestrous behaviour. A series of experiments revealed that (1) the catnip reaction consists primarily of a unique combination of body rolling and face rubbing, (2) the reaction is independent of sex or presence of gonads, (3) catnip does not result in an increase in killing, fighting or sexual mounting when cats are paired with live rats or a stuffed object approximately cat size, (4) reacting cats show an… Expand
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