A safe and fun enriching treat! Also known as Silver Vine, or ‘Cat Crack’ - they love it that much!
Native to Japan, matatabi has a similar effect to catnip – so cats that are unaffected by catnip may react to matatabi. Around 80% of cats are sensitive to matatabi. The sticks are fun for cats to bat around & play with, and they're also great for dental health! Safe for cats to chew on & help clean their back teeth. Always supervise your cat when giving them a matatabi stick to ensure they don't break off a sharp piece.
Choose from a matatabi stick, OR a matatabi lollipop with a solid compressed catnip ball to increase the fun!
Most cat owners have tried using catnip, but only about 50% of cats react to it. Matatabi has a similar effect on cats as catnip, but it is even more dynamic and a higher percentage of the cat population is attracted. Even if your cat has no reaction to catnip, give Matatabi a try!
Matatabi is a plant that grows in the mountainous areas of Japan and has the scientific name Actinidia polygama. Matatabi has two ingredients that get cats excited; actinidine and dihydroactinidiolide. The leaves are also used to make tea for humans.
A study published in the BioMed Central Veterinary Research comparing the effects of Matatabi, Tatarian honeysuckle, valerian, and catnip on 100 domestic cats.
Almost 80% of the cats responded to Matatabi. This was the largest reaction to any of the stimulants used, showing that Matatabi has some genuine effects.
Cat’s don't like having a toothbrush in their mouths, but they still need to eat certain types of foods to keep their teeth strong and healthy, and there's not much out there!
Matatabi sticks not only lure cats to play and chew, but they also give a cat’s teeth a good clean at the same time. They have a rough texture like a bark which is great at removing plaque and aiding is general cleaning. Cats salivate while chewing there this promotes dental health.