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L’Barkery Matatabi Sticks for Cats (6 Pack)



A Fun Olfactory Enrichment and a Safe Dental Treat for Cats!

Matatabi sticks for cats are growing in popularity. Silver Vine, also known as Matatabi, has a similar effect on cats as catnip, but it is even more potent and affects a higher percentage of the cat population.

Most cats respond to silver vine, compared to only 25% of cats that respond to catnip.

What Is Silver Vine?

“Actinidia polygama (also known as silver vine, matatabi and cat powder) is a species of kiwifruit in the family Actinidiaceae. It grows in the mountain areas of Japan, Korea and China at elevations between 500 and 1,900 metres”

Matatabi contains two ingredients that get cats excited: actinidine and dihydroactinidiolide.

Silvervine has been used in traditional Japanese and Chinese medicine to treat everything from inflammation to hypertension.

Our Silvervine or Matatabi sticks are 100% Natural and imported from Japan.

What are the Effects and Benefits of Matatabi for cats?

Encourages olfactory enrichment — indoor cats spend a lot of time at home. Olfactory enrichment, such as Matatabi sticks, produces a euphoric effect like catnip. The effects are immediate and only last for about 30 minutes. Typically, most cats will rub their face on it, chew, lick it, or even bunny-kick it.

Elicits pleasure in cats – According to Harvard University research, one of the active ingredients in the silver vine, nepetalactol, activates the reward and pleasure centre in the feline’s brains. However, silver vine is not addictive in cats.

Helps with kitten teething – When your kitten is teething, they want to bite excessively. To help them through this phase, you can offer them kitten-safe dental chews or toys. Alternatively, you can use Matatabi dental sticks, which are 100% natural.

Promotes dental health care –  If your cat doesn’t like brushing their teeth, a Matatabi stick can help keep your teeth cleaner by removing tartar during the chewing action. The Silver vine has a rough texture like bark, which is good at removing plaque and other bits of dirt. Most cats salivate, too, chewing on the vine, which is also suitable for their teeth.

Stress reduction – Cats spending most of their time indoors are more susceptible to anxiety and stress, which can lead to behavioural issues. Stimulating your cat’s sense of enrichment and reducing boredom with Silver Vine or Cat nip can help with physical and behavioural ailments.

Insect repellentResearchers have also discovered that cats who rub against this plant benefit from a natural insect repellent, especially against mosquitoes.

How to Use the Matatabi Sticks?

Always supervise your kitten or cat while chewing Matatabi sticks. You can either hold it while they are rubbing their face on it or chewing it. You can also let them play, rub and bunny kick it. Please remove it once your cat loses interest or after half an hour. Let it dry, and place it back in the sealed pack.


Product information

  • 6 sticks per pack
  • Suitable for cats starting at 5-6 months of age
  • Stimulating for adult and senior cats
  • Pesticide free
  • 100% Natural
  • Imported from Japan
  • Always supervise your cat while using this product.  
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