Move Over Catnip #felinesilvervine Has Come To Town

The first I heard of silvervine (Actinidia polygamas) sometimes spelled as two word (silver vine), was at Global Pet Expo in Orlando earlier this year where pet company Vitakraft launched a silvervine-based line of cat toys called Purrk! Playfuls(read on to learn how you can win one for your feline family members!).

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  • Silver vine is 100% all-natural, and comes from a plant found in mountainous regions of Asia.
  • While considered relatively novel in the United States, it’s been in Asian countries for centuries by humans both as a means of preventative health and alternative therapy for conditions such as arthritis and hypertension.
  • It’s also been very popular there for cats (interestingly, catnip also originated from Asia!). 
  • The brown, distinctly fragrant powder is used like catnip –  sprinkled on scratchers and infused in or placed on cat toys.
  • Cats react to silvervine by rolling around, drooling and licking!
Silvervine comes from a traditional non-toxic Chinese and Japanese plant  (source: felinesilvervine.com)

Silvervine comes from a traditional non-toxic Chinese and Japanese vine (source: felinesilvervine.com)

According to Wikipedia,Silver vine has long been known to elicit euphoric response in cats. It is the most popular cat treat in Asia, thus sometimes cited in Japanese comics.” (I’d love to see some of those!)

A study conducted by the University of Illinois found that: “3 out of 4 cats preferred Silver Vine over catnip,”source: felinesilvervine.com. And just because a cat does not feel the effects of catnip – reported as anywhere from 30-50% of the feline population – doesn’t mean they won’t react to silvervine.

silvervine powder from Purrk!

Purrk! Playfuls has an extensive silver vine toy collection (pictured below) made up of:

  • Dangling Busy Bee
  • Bouncy Butterfly
  • Furry Deep Sea Bug
  • Desert Bug
  • Marvy Mouse, Purrky Bird and Frisky Fish (plastic silvervine-infused toys) 

Feline Silvervine is also available in refill packets that comes with a little white mouse for sprinkling on kitty’s favorite things. Check out this link to purchase Purrk! Playfuls for your cat or as a gift!

Purrrk Playfuls silvervine toy collection

So, you’re probably wondering how you can enter for a chance to win a toy for your kitty?

Just check out the Rafflecopter widget below for various ways to enter. Please note: the field for a contact email is mandatory (be sure to check out the complete rules available on the widget to make sure you qualify  i.e., the giveaway is US only – sorry to our international fans!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Kip decides the Purrk! Deep Sea Bug makes a rather nice pillow.

Kip decides the Purrk! Deep Sea Bug makes a rather nice pillow.

 

This post is sponsored by Vitakraft and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Purrk! Playfuls, but I HAVE CAT only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Vitakraft is not responsible for the content of this article.
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  • Catzowey! It says the contest has not begun yet

    • Tamar

      sorry! was set to start at midnight EST! don’t forget to come back and enter! I posted it a few minutes early!

  • We tried it last year and it’s very diff. from catnip.

  • Annette Mayer

    I have never heard of this before. I will definitely be entering for Tay-Tay

  • Good luck to everykitty who enters! We ALL love silvervine here.

  • Yep weez heard of it after everypawdy came back fwum blogPaws last year. and after we got back home fwum da flood, Miss Trish sent us sum. And OMC wuz it good stuffs.
    Weez sure hope weez can win this and get sum more. 🙂

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

  • I’ve heard of it because Sparkle’s human accidentally put a lot on their Xmas gifts last year, the pictures were great lol, I don’t know if Summer is too young this year. I always meant to look it up after that post but forgot. It’ll be interesting to try because some of my guys don’t react at all to catnip.

  • Interesting new pillow sometimes you have to cuddle with your toy for a while before you decide it is playtime. We totally understand that in this house.

  • My cats love silvervine and I am glad it is getteaier to find in the US.

  • My kitties must be in the minority because they didn’t react to silvervine, but they love catnip! I am entering for our kitty friends at Cat Care. I know they would love a new toy!

    By the way, was there ever a winner in the Letter to My Cat giveaway?

  • I’ve heard of this but would like to conduct my own test! Thanks.

  • Becca Cook

    I’ve heard of silvervine from bloggers in Europe. I haven’t tried it yet on my furbabies, but aybe I will now.

  • Jamaka Petzak

    I’ve heard of silvervine, but we haven’t gotten any yet. Thanks for the opportunity to do so!

  • Linda Szymoniak

    I’ve never heard of silvervine and am curious to try it with my cats. They love catnip, so I think they’d like this, too.

  • Chris D.

    I’d heard of it when my CRF kitty wasn’t eating. It said it may spark her appetite. Fortunately, she started eating with a change of food.

  • I’ve heard of it but Truffles hasn’t tried it yet 🙂

  • We haven’t tried it yet. I would love to see if Tipp, whose response to catnip is a resounding
    “Meh…” would enjoy it!

  • We tried it as a gift from the Katnip Lounge kitties!

  • We’ve heard about the vine but haven’t tried it before

  • Truffle had her first taste of silvervine when someone gave her a gift recently. She went crazy!

  • Lu Anne

    nope! never heard about it until now!