Matatabi is a plant that naturally grows in the mountainous regions across Asia. Also called silver vine, the wood plant contains Actinidia polygama which produces feelings of ecstasy similar to that of traditional catnip. In the form of a stick, it is an extremely popular cat treat. Once trimmed down to a suitable length, the matatabi branches are soaked, rinsed and then thoroughly dried. These yummy cat treats arrive in packaging that keeps them free from moisture so they arrive in high-quality and ready to use packs.
How Should I Feed the Matlabi Sticks to my Cat?
The most simple way to feed the matatabi chew sticks is to give him a single branch as a treat or playtime snack and let them eat it on their own. Alternately, you can hold the silver vine firmly in your hand and let your cat chew on it or move it from side to side and have him chase the stick. When the influence of the silver vine begin to take effect, your cat feels relaxed and may exhibit amusing behavior and become more playful. Rolling, licking and drooling are not uncommon. The effects last from 5 to 30-minutes and cats usually revisit their toy after 25-minutes. If you notice that the catnip sticks are not having the same effects, peel away a layer of the bark to release more of the natural flavor and stimulants.
Is It Ok If My Other Pets Chew on the Catnip Stick?
Matatabi silver vine plants contain natural minerals and vitamins like magnesium that can be beneficial to dogs also. Your pet Beagle, Pug or Dachshund will not have the same reaction as your Maine Coon or tabby cat; however, it can aid in intestinal discomfort and act as a sedative. The catnip sticks work as regular chew toys for guinea pigs, chinchillas and rats.