Post 288: oh yeah, the cathouse and silver vine

Yesterday, a big bang interrupted the thought and direction of the post. Today, I’ll tidy up a bit, try to finish yesterday’s thought.

The big bang still is a mystery, but I know one or the other cat knocked something off of something else. I’ll find it someday while cleaning or moving furniture. In the meantime, there haven’t been fumes, flames, or broken things strewn about, no blood or broken bodies. I think it might be their Cat’s Meow toy, which used to be on top of a desk, but now is on the seat of the chair in front of it.

As for the matter of Andy and getting him to have more fun, he really, really, really liked the peacock feather! Dougy did, too, but that was like saying the fat kid likes ice cream: Dougy really, really, really likes all toys and play things!

Cat slobber and claws are tough on peacock feathers. I wonder how peacocks would be on cats?!

Cat slobber and claws are tough on peacock feathers. I wonder how peacocks would be on cats?!

As for the cathouse, as mentioned yesterday, I wasn’t even finished assembling it, and Andy, then Dougy checked it out. It was a huge success in terms of cat approvals, though the duct tape wasn’t up to the task of sticking down tightly in some critical spots. I probably will have to get some more tape to keep it together.

Have you heard of silver vine? It has many uses, but cats are supposed to respond to it in a way like catnip, only more intensely. Sure, I bought some for the boys, just to see how they liked it!

The package text was almost all in Japanese, but I poured out half a packet for the boys. Turns out that's the "dose" alright!

The package text was almost all in Japanese, but I poured out half a packet for the boys. Turns out that’s the “dose” alright!

Seems simple enough, eh? Dose up your cats and watch them get it on! They have fun, you have fun, you all laugh and frolic together! Woo hoo! Better than catnip, and we know how good that is!

Dougy went over by the door, rolled over on his back with hind legs stretched straight out and forelegs curled on his chest: He was maxed out on silver vine, let me tell you! Mellowed out, not playful in the least, though an argument for stress reduction seems to apply.

Here's what the amazon description said about this Japanese alternative to catnip.

Here’s what the amazon description said about this Japanese alternative to catnip.

Andy hit the dust twice, snorting deeply. While his brother rested in bliss by the door, Andy hopped up on the cathouse, walked around the top, hopped down on the floor, paced around, tail twitching. Need I emphasize his “horns” were up?

Andy pounced Dougy, who still in bliss on his back, literally didn’t know what hit him. Andy dug deep into Dougy’s thick fur, biting and ripping out hair! In a flash, Dougy regained sobriety, and the brothers were a ball of fur rolling and tossing around on the floor! Andy harvested more hair. Poor Dougy let out a yelp. Though Andy is at least a pound lighter than his brother, he’s a scrappy little fart, and Dougy looked like he wasn’t having a good time at all: silver vine isn’t on his list of favorite cat amusements!

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Dougy finally, finally, broke away from Andy’s grip and teeth. Andy spit out more fur, and Dougy took refuge in the cathouse. Yes, the silver vine powder seems to be a bit more intense than my boys can handle. Back to raising catnip on my window shelf. Anyone want some left over silver vine powder?

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Postscript: Don’t worry about Andy and Dougy! They are best of buddies, and sometimes do play rough. After that, they return to less vigorous brotherly love! For example, after the silver vine wore off, they sniffed each other, and all was back to same-old-same-old, no harm done other than a few chunks of Dougy fur removed from his thick coat. I can’t figure out where it came from, his coat is so thick. Well, his pride was hurt a little, but that was soon over.

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6 thoughts on “Post 288: oh yeah, the cathouse and silver vine

  1. Thank you, I’ve just been looking for info about this topic for ages and yours
    is the best I have discovered so far. But, what in regards to the
    bottom line? Are you sure about the source?

    • Am I sure about the source? Of the silver vine? Or of the effects on the cats? All I can say is I bought it from Amazon, I photographically reproduced information printed on the packaging, and reported the behavior of my cats Andy and Dougy after they were exposed to it. I wasn’t comfortable with how they acted after they used the silver vine, so haven’t given it to them since. Besides, I grow catnip for them, and its effect is more mild.

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