FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 17, 2014

The chemistry of cats: On catnip, pheromones and kitty litter (video)

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2014 — They are seemingly the most popular thing on the Internet, the subject of millions of videos and hundreds of memes: cats. This week Reactions answers some of the biggest kitty questions out there: Why does catnip make most cats go crazy? What does it mean when your cat rubs against your leg? How does kitty litter clump? Check out the nearly purr-fect video here:

Youtube ID: 6_C9i-2QGeU

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