The characteristic response of domestic cats to plant iridoids allows them to gain chemical defense against mosquitoes

@article{Uenoyama2021TheCR,
  title={The characteristic response of domestic cats to plant iridoids allows them to gain chemical defense against mosquitoes},
  author={Reiko Uenoyama and Tamako Miyazaki and Jane L. Hurst and Robert J. Beynon and Masaatsu Adachi and Takanobu Murooka and Ibuki Onoda and Yuki Miyazawa and Rieko Katayama and Tetsuro Yamashita and Shuji Kaneko and Toshio Nishikawa and Masao Miyazaki},
  journal={Science Advances},
  year={2021},
  volume={7}
}
Cats anoint themselves with plant metabolites that confer mosquito repellence. Domestic cats and other felids rub their faces and heads against catnip (Nepeta cataria) and silver vine (Actinidia polygama) and roll on the ground as a characteristic response. While this response is well known, its biological function and underlying mechanism remain undetermined. Here, we uncover the neurophysiological mechanism and functional outcome of this feline response. We found that the iridoid nepetalactol… 
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