If you are reading this, you may know quite a fair bit about your cats. Please enjoy this selection from A Brief History of Space Cats, and the Care and Feeding Thereof by Sarah Ever. Written by the main character from Space Cats from Space, these entries form a resource for feline companions to help them ease the transition from cat “owner” to their true role as caretaker and, possibly, human slave. Please enjoy!
Simply put, the catnip Earth produces is vastly different than the nip ore that felines have mined into extinction on their planet.
And yet despite the differences, it has many of the same properties.
My theory, and admittedly I am no scientist, but basically, I figure that much like on our planet, anything that is in abundance and then left to sit and compress and heat and lurk in the dark places, it will turn into something else. Worms will turn leaves and plant matter into dirt. Pressure and time will turn carbon into diamonds. I believe nip was once a plentiful plant, but time manifested it into something else.
The bottom line is that whether it’s a plant or ore, cats love it. In its plant form, the feline attractant nepetalactone is present and plentiful and affects two-thirds of the current cat population. I imagine that before processing, the nip ore had a similar chemical appeal.
Also, they figured out how to manufacture some pretty amazing things with the stuff back home. So it makes sense that they’d be looking for it here to bring the plant back into abundance on their planet.