Better than Catnip - What are Matatabi & Silver Vine Sticks?


Better than Catnip - What are Matatabi & Silver Vine Sticks?

Cats are well known for being independent creatures that think for themselves and enjoy being pampered until the exact moment they decide they've had enough! Somehow we find all this incredibly endearing and we catch ourselves buying our little furballs play toys and all sorts of things that will make them happy. Catnip is exactly one of those things, however, some cats just do not respond or react in the slightest to catnip. This is where Matatabi, or Silver Vine, might just do the trick!

 

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The scientific name for Matatabi - Silver Vine is Actinindia Polygama. It grows at elevations between 900 and 1500m in the mountain areas of Japan and China. The plant is deciduous, flowers small yellow and white blossoms and grows little orange fleshed fruit that resemble kiwis. While the fruits can be eaten and tea can be made from the leaves the Matatabi - Silver Vine is far more famous across Asia for being an amazing cat treat. 

The difference between Matatabi - Silver Vine and catnip is that Matatabi - Silver Vine contains two ingredients that make it irresistible to cats, whereas catnip contains only one. Actinidine and dihydroactinidiolide both act as cat attractants and has a slightly sweet smell. 

So, this is a Cat Product Only?

Nope, both cats and dogs like Matatabi - Silver Vine, it has a more soothing and calming reaction on dogs. Dogs that tend to be hyper-sensitive, very reactive, or highly strung really benefit from Matatabi - Silver Vine, but also nervous travellers are grateful for these potent sticks. And it works great to clean teeth, removing plaque buildup which is the main problem of dental decay in canines. 

What does it do?

The euphoric response in cats is similar to the effect of catnip but then more so and more intense. The effect of Matatabi - Silver Vine sticks usually lasts anywhere from 10-30 minutes, but how long it takes for the effect to kick in varies from cat to cat. Cats become extremely playful, roll around a lot, and generally go a little wild. The effects diminish as slowly as they come on, and cats eventually become very calm and satisfied. The calm and satisfied state is unique in that cats are very open to being cuddled, even those cats that are more shy and skittish, creating the perfect opportunity to bond even more with your furry baby.  

According to studies conducted by Dr. Mark Mitchell of the University of Illinois, cats played two and half times longer with toys treated with Matatabi - Silver Vine, than those sprinkled with regular catnip.

Another finding was that 3 out of every 4 cats preferred the toys covered in Matatabi - Silver Vine, this was based on a variety of factors such as initial excitement, behaviours exhibited and time spent with the toys.

How to use?

The use of Matatabi - Silver Vine is not addictive and has no known adverse side-effects. The plant has been used as traditional Japanese and Chinese medicine, and is growing in popularity for its health benefits, as it contains high levels of vitamins and minerals.

Cats are known to chew on Matatabi - Silver Vine sticks to strengthen the effects and it aids to keeping cats’ teeth clean by reducing the amount of plaque.

We recommend Matatabi - Silver Vine sticks to be given 2-3 times a week as more frequent use can lead to disinterest. 

Keep your little lions and tigers in touch with their wild side and enjoy the super relaxed cuddle time that comes in its wake!