Back in the middle of January, I was contacted by Alvin Lee asking me if I would like to try his new silvervine product and suggested that if I liked it I might share it with all of you. (so yes, I received the product for free, but this post is my own honest review of it)
Mew Neko Silvervine is available on Amazon.com It comes in both leaf and stick form. I want to say I have bought silvervine on Ebay before and so I have had some experience with it in the past. I had been looking for a good source for it and haven't had a heck of a lot of luck. There are some silvervine toys out there, and there are some silvervine products that were little more than powder, so I have been less than impressed.
If you are unfamiliar with silvervine, it is an "Asian catnip with a different active chemical then regular catnip" found in Japan, China, and Korea. There are several different plants that cats react to as they do to catnip, and this is one of them.
When the package from Amazon arrived, I opened it up and offered my cats two sticks and put a small pile of silvervine in front of Fleurp - who promptly ate it. The sticks were played with (photos below) and then promptly disappeared. I find one of them from time to time, but as soon as I put it back out to be played with it disappears too.
So, this review was going well.
Finally, I decided to put some leaves inside one of the scrap-nip toys I make and offer it to The Crew, hoping those wouldn't disappear too. That did the trick, and they have been quite popular. Not as popular as sprinkling the leaves on the ground - nip parties are always my cats favorite things, rolling around in it and trying to cover themselves with as much of the intoxicating substance as possible - and silvervine is no different.
I'm fairly certain I will buy some more of this when it runs out. I might even consider making a few scrap-nip toys for sale with it if I EVER get off my behind and start making scrap-nip toys for sale.
Now, onto the photos of the bliss.. be warned.. the photos are of intoxicated kitties, make sure your under-age kittens aren't looking or they might get ideas..
(if you look closely, you can see the stick under Muff's belly)