The feline reaction to catnip is genetic and the trait is governed by a dominant gene. Abyssinians, as a breed, have a very small genepool and are therefore not terribly genetically diverse, so it’s no surprise that the Abys were so captvated by the fresh catmint. While they were, by far, the most impressed with the catmint, Tessie was also pretty fascinated by it.
Kylie, however, took one sniff and wanted nothing whatsoever to do with it.
She usually does like regular dried catnip, so this was an interesting reaction.
Look at those ears! “More for me,” says Jacoby.
And, in case you were wondering, this is what catmint
looks like when it’s not being nommed by kitties.