Let’s face it- cats are weird animals. But they’re fluffy and cute, so we love them! But still, they do a lot of weird things. What’s the deal with purring? Why does catnip intoxicate them? Why do they sometimes make such silly facial expressions? Luckily, this post by catington post at the eBay Blog is here to explain:
-Why do cats open their mouths after smelling something?
When he makes that funny face, he’s using what’s known as the Flehmen response to draw an interesting scent – usually the pheromones of another cat – into the Jacobson’s organ to get a better whiff.
-Why do cats get so silly when chewing catnip?
The chemical in catnip called nepetalactone is what’s responsible for giving cats that familiar “buzz.” Catnip isn’t harmful to cats – they can’t overdose on it.