For as long as I can remember, we’ve associated cats with catnip. They love it. It induces a euphoric response similar to intoxication. But the reality is, only about two-thirds of cats respond to catnip. As a cat attractant, it’s just not very effective. Silver vine, however, will make most cats go wild. And yet, very few cat owners have heard of it.
What is silvervine?
Silver vine (aka Actinidia polygama) is a species of kiwifruit that is native to the mountainous regions of China and Japan. It has many uses, but it is probably best known for producing a euphoric response in cats. While often compared to catnip, it is actually a more reliable cat attractant than its better known counterpart.
Why do cats love silvervine?
A cat who encounters silver vine will exhibit behaviors such as bunting (rubbing their head against things), licking, drooling, rolling, or even scratching. When you give your cat silver vine, you may notice a much more overt response than you would with catnip. That’s because silver vine powder has two cat attractants, as opposed to catnip’s one.
It also seems to last a bit longer than catnip, with effects lasting for up to 30 minutes or more. Cats will often revisit the silver vine, even after the initial attraction has worn off, and it only takes a small pinch to get cats going wild.
Why is Cloud Nine different?
The problem with silver vine, and even catnip, is that there are no requirements for potency or ingredient lists on cat attractants. When you buy silver vine from a pet store or online boutique, there’s no way of knowing what exactly you’re getting. That’s why relying on a reputable, well-known brand like ours, ensures you’re getting the most bang for your buck, and that our product is safe for your feline BFF.
We only use whole fruit galls, which is the part of the plant that is most appealing to cats. There are no fillers like sticks, leaves, or stems. We process the galls ourselves into a powder in order to maintain quality control. Like all Dezi & Roo products, Cloud Nine is entirely produced and packaged in the USA. And we also have our silver vine tested by an independent lab to make sure it’s safe for cats.