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Silvervine (also known as Actinidia polygama, cat powder and matatabi) is a nontoxic plant in the Actinidiaceae family. It grows in the mountainous areas of Japan and China at elevations between 500 and 1900 m.
It has long been known to elicit euphoric response in cats. It is the most popular cat treat in Asia, thus sometimes cited in manga as matatabi.
The reaction to silver vine is similar to the catnip response, but appears to be more intense.
Silver vine is a great alternative to catnip, and many cats who are immune to catnip will respond positively to silver vine powder made from dried fruit galls.
Typical behaviours include rolling, chin and cheek rubbing, drooling, and licking. The effect usually lasts between five and 30 minutes, and cats will usually visit silver vine again after about 20–30 minutes.
Silvervine contains two cat attractants, which makes Silvervine more potent than catnip. In a study designed by Dr. Mark Mitchell, of the University of Illinois, Silvervine and catnip were compared side by side, using a cardboard “cat scratcher”. One had Silvervine sprinkled on it, while the other had catnip. The cats showed a preference to Silvervine both in terms of initial attraction, behavior and time spent at the cat scratcher.
Sprinkle a little on a cat toy or his scratching post, and watch the fun start!
The powder will arrive in a 5g resealable bag. Please keep it sealed when not in use, and don't leave it lying around, you might find the bag in pieces and the contents gone, and your cat will have a glazed look in his eyes ;)