If the matatabi stick is attractive to your cat, she will have another activity in her repertoire, cleaner teeth, and some very happy times. If she's not interested in the stick, well, maybe you can get your money back. Like most cat toys, it's a 50 - 50 shot.
Matatabi, or Silvervine, as it is otherwise called, is the root of a beautiful plant grown in the mountain regions of China and Japan, Actinidia polygama. The flowers and leaves are used to make tea and the fruits are edible. (Read more about the plant here.)
The saying about matatabi in Japan is "“neko ni matatabi, joro ni koban” which translates into English roughly as "Matatabi is to cats as money is to a prostitute." (I did not make that up, but I include it to give you the idea that most cats really like this stuff!
There are many brands of matatabi sticks sold in the USA and are available on Amazon as well as other U.S. retailers. You will see all of their ratings divided because cats either love them or are not interested in them at all. Just like catnip. But cats that like the matatabi sticks get several benefits, clean teeth being my favorite, if not my cat's. Supposedly, matatabi is about 3 times more powerful than catnip and promotes fun behaviors like playing and jumping around, rather than rest and sleep. Yes, many are made in China or Japan, but that's where they are grown.
Solredo Matatabi Silvervine Sticks are from China. They are all natural matatabi sticks and come in packages of 25 and 50. Let your cat chew a stick for awhile and then cut off that portion and put the remainder of the stick back into its package until the next time. They will stay fresh that way. Solredo has a 100 percent money-back guarantee if your cats are just not into the sticks, but give them a chance.
(Solredo, like other brands of matatabi silvervine, uses the word 'catnip' in its ad copy, but the product does not contain catnip. It is used in ad copy to attract newcomers who don't know about matatabi to the product.)
That's the buzz for today!