If you haven’t heard about Simon’s Cat it is a cartoon about a patient man named Simon and his rowdy cat.
As the title of the cartoon indicates the cat is the star of the show acting like a real life cat that, despite its rowdiness, is lovable. Catnip or catmint, as it is also known, is a plant related to the mint family with downy leaves and purple spotted flowers.
Its minty smell is attractive to cats and they often have a funny reaction that Simon’s Cat cartoon captures perfectly. It begins by Simon coming into the house, which is decorated for Christmas with a small, decorated tree. He dusts the snow off his shoulders and walks in with the cat watching him intently and following his lead because it is hungry.
Simon remembers he got a small present for the cat and throws it on the floor. This is a little pouch filled with catnip. At first the cat is uninterested because of its hunger but then its curiosity is aroused when it catches a sniff of an unfamiliar scent.