I saw an ad while scrolling through Instagram about Silvervine sticks for cats. I had never heard of it – so I wrote it down and reached out to a reader, Teresa, to see if she had. She replied that she had and knew it was safe for cats.
While emailing our vet about Charlie’s recent dental, I also asked her about silver vine sticks to see if they were safe. She said, “Silvervine is fine to try–every kitty is different, but I heard that most like it. I read a study they did with it, catnip, valerian root, and something else. Silvervine and catnip were the most popular.”
What Does Silvervine Do to Cats?
Silvervine is very similar to catnip in its effects. After the cat comes into contact with the silvervine, it becomes excited and has a sudden burst of energy. It becomes very affectionate and vocal and rolls around in the silvervine. You will be able to notice its dilated pupils right away. Some cats may drool a little when exposed to silvervine, but there is nothing to worry about.
Are Silvervine Sticks Safe for Cats?
Yes, silvervine sticks are entirely safe. Veterinarians approve of them, so they will not harm your cat. However, remember that some cats do not react to silvervine so that you may notice no change.
Can Cats Eat Silvervine Sticks?
Yes, cats can eat silvervine sticks. The plant is entirely safe for cats, so eating it will not harm them. Most cats will settle to sniff and cuddle the silvervine sticks, but some might chew on them and eat them silvervine. Rest assured that it is ok for them to eat it.
Is Silvervine Good for Cats?
Yes, it is. Silvervine has a euphoric effect on cats, makes them active, playful, and affectionate, and has no side effects whatsoever. Aside from getting some exercise, the cat will also feel relaxed even after the effect of the silvervine has passed.
How Long Does Silvervine Last?
The effects of the silvervine become visible as soon as the cat is exposed to it, and they can last between 5 and 30 minutes. However, after the euphoric effects and boost of energy disappear, the cat will not be interested in silvervine for 20-30 minutes, so it is impossible to prologue the euphoric effects.
Silvervine Sticks for Dogs.
Silvervine is perfectly safe for dogs as well. They can play with the sticks, chew on them, and even eat some silvervine; they will not be harmed in any way. Keep in mind that dogs do not respond to silvervine as cats do. Most often, they do not react at all.
Where Does Silvervine Come From?
Silvervine comes from China and Japan. It is called Actinidia polygama, a species of kiwifruit that grows in the mountains. It is a climbing plant that can get as long as 5-6 meters. The plant is used in Chinese and Japanese traditional medicine to treat many issues – from high cholesterol to kidney disease. It also has a euphoric effect on cats, and more cats respond to it than they do to catnip, which has similar effects but is far more popular.
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Have you tried silvervine with your cats? How do they respond?
Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,