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August 6, 2010 8:06 PM   Subscribe

Do tigers and other big cats like catnip? [SLYT] [via]
posted by quin (45 comments total) 36 users marked this as a favorite

 
Next question: Will a tiger completely unroll a roll of toilet paper?
posted by birdherder at 8:08 PM on August 6, 2010 [14 favorites]


Question #3: Do tigers care?
posted by Pants McCracky at 8:27 PM on August 6, 2010 [5 favorites]


Again, my cat is a huge disappointment. She must be a lion.
posted by shinybaum at 8:30 PM on August 6, 2010


I gathered from this that they don't like brown paper bags.
posted by binturong at 8:32 PM on August 6, 2010 [6 favorites]


Again, my cat is a huge disappointment. She must be a lion.

Actually, there's a genetic part to "whether your cat digs catnip." Some cats just plain don't have a "catnip does something to me" gene. My own cat only digs it a little (enough for me to consider giving him a little now and then, now that he's in frail health and low appetite, as a sort of "medical marijuana" move).
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:34 PM on August 6, 2010


Apparently the scent of catnip not only makes cats high, but high and slutty.

Because it resembles tomcat urine, causing sensitive cats of either sex to roll around like a female in heat.
posted by Ouisch at 8:39 PM on August 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


Newborn white tiger cubs make public debut
posted by homunculus at 8:44 PM on August 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


Oh gosh. My heart just grew three sizes.
posted by Kattullus at 8:50 PM on August 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


Hee hee hee. Mew.

The music is really something else, too. It's like a soundtrack to porn with a jungle theme, shot in the '70s..
posted by millipede at 8:56 PM on August 6, 2010 [8 favorites]


I have no idea about that particular zoo, but the drive to breed White Tigers has resulted in a lot of cruelty and birth defects due to inbreeding.

I once had a link to a better page, but here's one I found through Googling:

http://www.bigcatrescue.org/faq/white-tigers

(The second two postings on this page.)
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 8:58 PM on August 6, 2010


Up next week: do Big Cats like laser pointers?
posted by longdaysjourney at 9:01 PM on August 6, 2010 [31 favorites]


I had to fight down the urge to go to the zoo with a big bag of catnip.

And I want an ocelot! Yeah, I know, I'd end up lacerated to the bone.
posted by Jimmy Havok at 9:08 PM on August 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


Aw, kitties!
posted by Artw at 9:19 PM on August 6, 2010


I have no idea about that particular zoo, but the drive to breed White Tigers has resulted in a lot of cruelty and birth defects due to inbreeding.

For a really rather weird (and kind of disturbing) look into the world of big cat training and white tigers the HBO documentary Cat Dancers is worth checking out.
posted by Artw at 9:26 PM on August 6, 2010


They are SO STONED
posted by The Devil Tesla at 9:38 PM on August 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


Kutsuwamushi : The link you posted? That's the same group that posted the video. Its a big cat rescue organization, not so much a zoo,

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Also, my two little old fatties would go toe to toe with any of those big cats for a bag of catnip that size.
posted by Joey Michaels at 9:42 PM on August 6, 2010


Oh, d'uh, I see now you were responding to the white tiger link and not the original link. Sorry.
posted by Joey Michaels at 9:45 PM on August 6, 2010


I guess this is better than my plan, which was to smuggle a whole load of catnip into the zoo and throw it into the cages.

I didn't want to go back to that zoo anyway.
posted by sugarfish at 9:47 PM on August 6, 2010


The black leopard reacts like a huger version of our nuss Nova. You have to be careful to keep your hands out of reach when crushing catnip in front of her. She goes apeshit. Or catshit. Or high out of her little nuss head. Whatever.
posted by mediareport at 9:48 PM on August 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


This video inspired me to give a whole bunch of catnip to Sammy Katz. He's currently rolling around on a towel full of catnip, stoned out of his mind.

Good job, metafilter.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 10:03 PM on August 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


Previously on Adorable Gigantic Cat Theater: The Pumpkins
posted by JHarris at 10:05 PM on August 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


I've been to this place. I highly recommend it if you're in the Tampa area. You can get really, really close to the animals since most of them are used to humans (abandoned pets, retired circus animals). You can't actually touch them, but it's amazing to be just a few feet away. Here are some photos I took.
posted by desjardins at 10:34 PM on August 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


It's caturday!
posted by sien at 11:10 PM on August 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


I wonder if they make milk jugs in 5 or 10 gallon sizes, and if so, do they come with those little plastic tear-off tamper tab thingies, and if so do big cats like those.
posted by Rhomboid at 12:21 AM on August 7, 2010 [4 favorites]


I did have a cat who got Abigail overdose of catnip. Actually it was two cats. One climbed on top of the fridge and knocked down the tin. The tin lid came off and the cats were delerious by the time I was home from work.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 12:43 AM on August 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Tigers love pepper. They hate cinnamon.
posted by mcarlson85 at 2:40 AM on August 7, 2010


I also had to give my cat some 'nip after watching this. She scarfed down half of it, then rolled around in the other half, then laid on the floor, staring into the distance for a while.
posted by neushoorn at 3:21 AM on August 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


This video is not available in your country.
oh man, WTF?!
posted by krautland at 3:50 AM on August 7, 2010


Awesome. Many thanks. Funny, it never occurred to me to wonder about this. But if lions categorically aren't interested, it matters not so much. But if Ernst, my white lion friend, liked catnip, that would have been awesome.
posted by Goofyy at 5:52 AM on August 7, 2010


I have always wanted to take empty refrigerator boxes to the Serengeti to see what would happen.
posted by machaus at 7:21 AM on August 7, 2010 [11 favorites]


Anyone mind reposting the video? It's unavailable in Germany.
posted by jeffburdges at 7:54 AM on August 7, 2010


I have to question the wisdom of giving a 400-lb killing machine with six ends, five of which are razor sharp, hallucinogenic drugs.
posted by pjern at 8:00 AM on August 7, 2010 [4 favorites]


pjern, I spent a second wondering what razor sharp hallucinogenic drugs were.
posted by desjardins at 8:30 AM on August 7, 2010 [5 favorites]


I want to donate some refrigerator boxes to that sanctuary, to see if the cats will sit in them. Especially the ones who are too big to fit in a refrigerator box.
posted by Countess Elena at 10:32 AM on August 7, 2010 [3 favorites]


It's not MY catnip, officer. I'm just holding it. For a friend.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 10:35 AM on August 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Why would it be region restricted? The horrible music?
posted by Artw at 10:36 AM on August 7, 2010


Joseph doesn't need any of that. He gets high on life.
posted by Spatch at 12:41 PM on August 7, 2010 [2 favorites]


Cat Safety Propaganda
posted by homunculus at 1:01 PM on August 7, 2010 [4 favorites]


Catnip transaction at 2:24.
posted by iviken at 2:27 PM on August 7, 2010 [3 favorites]


I wonder if they make milk jugs in 5 or 10 gallon sizes...

I know the answer to this one, Rhomboid! My mom's friend had an idiot boyfriend who decided it would be a good idea to buy a lion. (Note: not a good idea). Said friend ended up stealing the lion from boyfriend when she dumped him, and ended up running a big cat sanctuary. (The local park rangers would bring her deer and other large roadkill on a regular basis...feeding big kitties is NOT cheap).

That first lion -- well, lioness, actually -- LOVED gallon milk jugs. She would bat them around just like a smaller kitteh would a tiny ball, complete with rolling around on her back and throwing it up in the air.
posted by bitter-girl.com at 5:03 PM on August 7, 2010 [3 favorites]


dude! why don't they pass it around?!?!
posted by liza at 11:02 PM on August 7, 2010


liza: Do not, ever, accuse a big cat of bogarting the catnip.
posted by Goofyy at 9:27 AM on August 8, 2010


If you feel the need to imagine what these big cats are saying as they stare dreamily into the middle distance, take a cue from Sinfest's Percy.
posted by ZsigE at 11:42 AM on August 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Awww...they think they're people!

And by "people" I mean "cats".
posted by DU at 10:41 AM on August 9, 2010


How on earth do you buy a lion? Are there ads on craigslist? Do you have to consort with smugglers?
posted by winna at 9:06 PM on August 9, 2010


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