Matatabi/Silvervine Sticks


Great for cleaning your cat's teeth!

Material: Sisal
Size: 12X0.5cm/4.72*0.2"
For: Cat Toy
Material: Natural Matatabi/Silvervine
Quantity: 15pcs & 20pcs

General Info

There are some cats who aren’t affected by catnip. They’re just not interested. How to make them happy? Matatabi, or Silvervine, might just be the way forward.

Matatabi/Silvervine is the most popular cat treat in Asia. Unlike traditional catnip, which contains only one ingredient that acts as a cat attractant – Nepetalactone – Matatabi/Silvervine contains two. The first is Actinidine, a pyridine derivative which invokes a similar response to nepetalactone. The second is dihydroactinidiolide, which has a light, sweet smell and is also said to act as a cat stimulant.

The effects usually last 5-30 minutes and cats have been observed in returning to Matatabi/Silvervine within 20 minutes. The product appears to invoke a more intense euphoric response in cats than regular catnip – fun behaviors such as rolling, licking, drooling, increased playfulness and a general increase in cat activity have been noted.

Dr. Mark Mitchell of the University of Illinois has conducted an in-depth of the use of Matatabi/Silvervine as a cat stimulant. The key to the study was that the cats involved played two and half times longer with the toys associated with Matatabi/Silvervine, than those sprinkled with regular catnip.

He also found that 3 out of every 4 cats preferred the toys covered in Matatabi/Silvervine overall, considering a variety of aspects such as initial excitement, behaviors exhibited and time spent with the product.

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