Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A #felinesilvervine Test Drive + Giveaway! #sponsored

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 A Tonk's Tail only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Vitakraft is not responsible for the content of this article. 
So this package arrived yesterday.
It had TOYS. I could smell it!
After, like, an eternity, Mommy finally got around to opening it. (Seriouslies, is there a Mommy Upgrade Kit somewheres? The service around this place is unacceptable. But I digress.)

SCORE! Look at what we got!

These are just three of seven different toys offered by Vitakraft

I immediately decided to investigate the Busy Bee Wand Toy (before Maxie grabbed it).

Yup. Maxie decided the Busy Bee was his. Hrmpf.
"I love how it glitters. You're mine, Mister Bee. All MINE."
What makes us love this Busy Bee so much, aside from the fact it wiggles and jumps? It's infused with Silvervine (and it came with an extra packet of it, too!).

Silvervine has been around in Asia and the Pacific Rim for years, but until recently your humans had to know someone overseas if you were going to get your paws on any!

According to a recent study by the University of Illinois, Silvervine yields a stronger response and increased playtime in cats, as compared to catnip. And the study showed 3 out of 4 cats preferred Silvervine over catnip and engaged with it 2.5 times longer.

Allie agrees. The package of silvervine refills came with a complimentary white mouse.
Sprinkle a bit of silvervine on him and survey says:
"Hmmm, what's this I smell?"
"Mousie, I think this is the start of a lovely relationship."

Our human did a little bit of additional hunting and found two other studies independent of Vitakraft that reinforce the fact that we kitties really go for silvervine. Here are their links:
Ashland University, May, 2014 and one published in the American Journal of Animal and Veterinary Sciences. (Both supported Vitakraft's claim that Silvervine had a more enriching effect on cats than catnip.)

She found the Ashland University study results fascinating. It used a control, rabbit fur, and lavender in addition to catnip in its study. The investigation found that silvervine caused cats to both be more playful and to sit longer.

Playful. You know. Like this and stuff.
What did the researcher mean by sitting?

"There was an increased frequency of sitting and playing when silver vine was used. The increase in sitting was most likely because the cats would sit and watch the other cats that were interacting with the cloth , waiting for their turn or just observing what was happening. Cats are naturally curious animals and so the sitting was most likely them satisfying their curiosity as to what was happening."

But back to the important stuff. The TOYS.
The third toy we received was the plastic Perky Bird and it had a jingly ball inside.

 Although it smelled really cool, when presented with it, Allie tried to gnaw on it.

It wasn't really gnawable.

But hey, that doesn't mean somekitty out there wouldn't really enjoy knocking this birdie around. As you know, cats have very specific tastes. Ours just happen to run more toward the squishy toys, and the ones that fly.

So all of this is nice and all, but what's the big headline here?

Well, in 2014, online specialty pet stores in the U.S. did began to offer Silvervine toys for sale. BUT. You couldn't find them on the shelves locally anywhere.

Thanks to Vitakraft, now you can.

Maxie's pretty jazzed about that, too. As you can tell.
In our town they're on the shelves at Petco and PetSmart (woot!). To find the store nearest you that carries Vitakraft toys, click on the store locator button and input your zip code at this link here. Or you can buy online, too.

Vitakraft sent us two complete sets of their Purrk! Playfuls toys, and so it was decided the second set would go to Great Plains SPCA to help enrich the cats living there.

But someone disagreed with that....

"NO, Mother. This package is mine. All MINE."
Anyone wanna try to get that away from her? Anyone? Bueller?

Giveaway Time!

Thankfully, no one has to risk life and limb wrestling that second set of toys away from Little Miss Selfish. You can enter to win one of your very own!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway ends Tuesday, December 30 at 11:59 P.M. Pacific Time. Open only to residents of the lower 48 U.S. states. Must be 18+ to enter. Winners can only win once across all blogs participating. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winner has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.

What do you think? Would these toys help with a good New Year's Resolution?

• More playtime
• More human interaction
• More enrichment
• More active cats = healthier weight!



  1. How nice of the Vitakraft peeps to send a toy for each of you! Truffles hasn't tried Silvervine yet but is looking forward to it.

  2. Great package of fun from Vitakraft! Sam has never in his 15 years reacted to catnip but DEFINITELY does with silvervine......of course he'd LOVE to win this giveaway!!!! Great photos of the gang having fun with the goodies from Vitakraft..............

    Hugs, Pam (and Sam)

  3. I'm not very interested in catnip but maybe silvervine would get my interest. Mom said I need more exercise becuase I"m back up to 12 pounds. She keeps thinking a kitten would make me more active, but I think I'd rather try silvervine first. You all sure make it look like a lot of fun, especially that bee toy.

  4. I am sitting here wondering if we could grow it like we grow catnip..

    (btw, that third option is required, you have to click on the visit us link in order to submit the entry)

    1. Really? We just went into Rafflecopter and it says it's not, and I don't have an option to change it! *hiss*

  5. I agree, I have a big packet of silvervine and it is much better than nip. Those toys look like lots of fun.

  6. The toys look like tons of fun, especially the bee one. I have heard silver vine is more tempting than catnip. Would love to try. So glad they are at Petsmart because Dad gets my fuds there.

  7. Holy smokes, those look like lots of fun! We love the pictures of you all having such a great time. :)

  8. We flip for nip, but the vine is devine! Those toys are pawsome!

  9. How cool ! We have to look for those toys, because Vitakraft stuff is available in Switzerland ! Good luck to our US friends ! Purrs

  10. My human says that anything that will make me SIT longer is a good thing! 'Cause sometimes when she pulls out the camera all she gets is a blur!

  11. My cats have never tried Silvervine so they would love to win the Purrk Playfuls.

  12. Carmine and Lita tried Silvervine once and did not react to it, but maybe it wasn't very strong or something. We would love to try these out or donate them to our friends at the shelter!

  13. Looks like FUN toy's that Vitakrafts sent to you to try :)


  14. We have three cats, and two of them absolutely love any kind of toy you give them, from plush little mice to dangly feathers, ribbons, etc. The third of our three, Moko, isn't into cat toys as much, but still plays with them. She's best with the same type of toys as the other two, with a little catnip enhancement.

  15. Oh, this is pretty exciting. I'd love to win the giveaway to give this a try. Mom is planning to grow silvervine in the spring.

  16. We love toys that bounce and flutter and just got introduced to silver vine recently and really liked it.

  17. Marty loves those toys that bounce and flutter! He hasn't tried silvervine before though. You all seem pretty excited though, so that is endorsement enough!


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