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I bought one of these via Ebay yesterday, and it arrived today! Ten points to Sanian for quick dispatch of purchases. My cats have no interest in catnip - in fact I've never had a cat that showed an interest in catnip. Dried, in treats, fresh from the plant - they don't care. I discovered they had an interest in valerian when I had a cup of valerian tea one night to help me sleep - and then found my cat trying to fish the teabag out of the bottom of the empty cup! I spotted this valerian-filled body pillow when browsing Ebay shops looking for cat toys. It arrived very promptly, and one of my cats (the one who had first shown interest in my wet teabag) was patting at the plastic mailing bag when I went to pick up the mail. Valerian has long been known (by other people, obviously not me) to be a cat attractant, having a similar effect to catnip. Valerian is also used by humans (including me!) as a sleep aid - supposedly it has a balancing effect, helping a tired person to sleep and a not-tired person to focus. I don't know about the second bit, but it does help me to sleep. I can absolutely vouch for the cat attractant properties, though! I have two major comments about the Kwayze Kat Valerian Body Pillow: 1. The cats LOVE it. Both cats. There was a minor fight when I first gave it to them, as there was one pillow and two cats. Harsh words were exchanged, and one had to wait her turn. They like to push it around on the floor, hug it, kick it, chew on it... then snooze with a really dopey expression on their faces. 2. The makers are not joking when they describe it as potent. Valerian has a strong, musty sort of smell. I don't find it particularly unpleasant, but it is really, really, REALLY strong. I was feeling sleepy after the pillow had been out of the packet for a few minutes. I was mildly disappointed as from the picture, I had thought the pillow would be longer - one of my cats likes to hug and "bunny kick" the pillow. This manoeuvre would no doubt be easier if the pillow were a little bigger. I was, however, pleased with the quality of construction - the stitching is tight & firm, and the fabric is heavy enough to take a fair bit of abuse from teeth & claws. The Kwayze Katz website offers several different valerian-filled and valerian-scented toys, including packs of valerian-scented pompoms. I'd be a bit doubtful of giving pompoms to my cats - their reaction to the valerian is so strong that I'd be concerned they'd accidentally eat them. If you have cats (particularly indoor cats, that need a variety of toys to give them things to think about!), this product is well worth a go. Just make sure to keep the little zip-loc bag it comes in, so that once the cats have had some fun you can lock it away & breathe easily yourself.
When recently perusing the zooplus website for a treat for Simba I came across the Valerian bag. Although Simba enjoys catnip treats he has never responded to catnip filled toys. Zoo plus calimed that no cat or kitten can resist the aroma of the pillow and so I wanted to see if Simba would respond to it. A couple of days later the large box of treats I ordered for simba arrived. When I came to open it he became very animated and interested in the box. I found it very difficult to get into the box as he was jumping all over it and trying to find a way in himself. As soon as one flap was open he dived in headfirst to root around. I opened the box up the rest of the way and found him trying to claw his way into a tiny bag at the bottom. I reached in to give him a hand but I could not get near the thing as refused to part with it. I didnt want to risk getting scratched any further and so I left him to try and get into the actual bag himself. After a couple of minutes I managed to finally get the bag away from him so that I could get the toy out, at which point he grabbed it back and rolled around in the box with it for about 10 minutes. I have never seen Simba that excited or animated over anything. His ears were pinned back and he was going at this poor little bean bag furiously. I couldnt get near him or the bag without getting scratched as he was just way too over-excited. It took about half an hour before he finally got bored at which point i picked up the very soggy bean bag and put it back in the polythene bag and out of the way. I didnt want him to get too used to it so that it lost its effect. The next couple of times produced a similar effect in Simba, although not as intense. When I left Simba with my parents for a week I left his bean bag on the mantel piece. Every night he would jump up and get it down for himself. However the effect is no longer the same. Now instead of getting hyperactive he will avidly lick the bag for about 3 minutes and then he'll roll over on his back with his legs in the air and look bleary eyed, often falling alseep. Infact he is currently falling asleep on his radiator bed after a good licking session and I'm dreading having to pick up the soggy bag to put away lol. The bean bags come in different colours. Mine is a lovely yellow, green and red pattern that suits Simba's ginger colouring. It is 10cm x 10cm x 2.5cm and made of a good strong material. Whats fantastic is that it is suitable for cats and kittens but you need to double check the strength of the valerian as you can get different quantities and high levels of it are not good for kittens. Each bag contains valerian root, catnip and spelt. It has a very strong aroma and whilst your cat may love it is highly doubtful that you will. It's a very distinctive smell that will completely stink out the entire room. It smells like fishy old feet. That however is the only draw back, just dont let your cat have it if guests are coming around ;) And at the price of only £2.99 it is a fantastic buy for your cat.
Last week I read a review by Tracy 1127 about Kwayze Katz Valerian Body Pillows and I thought they sounded like something that Mew would love. Catnip, which as we all know, drives cats wild has absolutely no effect on Mew so I thought Valerian might succeed where catnip had failed. I hotfooted - or should that be hotfingered - over to EBay to check these out. I found them for sale at a cost of £2.99 for two plus 65p for postage within the UK. I figured that £3.64 was a small enough investment to risk so I ordered two toy pillows. The description of the toy pillows on the EBay auction is as follows: 'Valerian Korners Kwayze odd shaped Pillow Toy supplied by Kwayze Katz. Unique high quality Valerian toys filled with the most potent Kwayze Katz secret herbal VALERIAN mix and bouncy bouncy toy filler which makes this toy easier to be flipped and tossed around'. The pillows are made from 100% cotton material which is covered with various cat designs. Each triangular pillow is just 3 inches by 3 inches in size and is actually shaped like one of those frozen orange Jubblies that we all used to love as children. NB The younger members of Dooyoo will need to ask your parents what a Jubbly is!! LOL! The two little pillows are supplied in a zip lock plastic bag to keep the freshness and smell in. This brings me to the smell of these pillows - it's none too pleasant! It isn't strong enough to be uncomfortable but it does have a whiff of old socks about it! Anyway we fetched Mew from the cattery on Saturday and, yet again, he had been well behaved whilst he was there and was a star in his cat carrier on the way home so I though he deserved to try his new treat. I unzipped the bag and removed one of the pillows and immediately Mew's ears pricked up and he was sniffing the air. I held it out to him and he snatched it out of my hand and he went berserk! He licked it, bit it, rolled over and over on top of it, tossed it up into the air and even stood up on his hind legs patting it between his front paws. He loved it. His eyes went wild and he behaved like a giddy kitten. I even threatened to report him to the drug squad - it was as though he was as high as kite! After about 15 minutes he left it alone for a while; to be honest I think by then he needed a rest. I handed it back to him some time later and off he went again going wild as he had done before. He even tried to get the other one out of the plastic bag but I sealed it up and put it away - spoilsport that I am. When we put him into his room at bedtime Dave put the pillow, which was extremely soggy by this time I might add, in with him. Unfortunately when I went down to him the following morning the pillow had actually been bitten open or maybe torn open with a claw, revealing the stuffing inside. The material is too thin to repair the pillow with a needle and thread so it ended up in the bin. Luckily the stuff inside is soft and is all in one piece meaning that there weren't bits all over the floor but the little pillow had ended its all too short life. I decided not to give Mew the other one straight away as I didn't want him to get blasé about the experience so I shall keep it until he is particularly deserving of a special treat and unleash the mad cat again.
It's a well known fact that not all cats respond to catnip. This is apparently hereditary. My two boys do respond to catnip very nicely thank you very much but I've been pondering valerian for a while now. The fact is that catnip lovers may or may not respond to valerian, just because a cat doesn't like catnip does not mean they will like valerian either so there are no guarantees. The chemicals in each plant that make cats giddy are different so they may or may not like either or both. Although my two love catnip I have a friend who has a female cat that doesn't so I had 3 test subjects to try valerian out on! The science bit. The chemical in catnip that drives cats wild is called nepetalactone and the chemical in valerian that can produce the same effect is called actinidine so as you can see they are two completely different chemicals which can produce the same giddy effect. The fact the chemicals are different means if your feline baby doesn't like one they may like the other so if you have a cat who doesn't like catnip valerian is well worth a try. I decided to buy my two some valerian toys so they could try them and see what they thought. I don't like them to miss out on anything! I searched online for valerian toys and found an ebay seller called catsgalore8 stocking valerian body pillows for £2.99 each so promptly bought a couple. A couple of days later a package arrived, it was wrapped in a plastic bag but as soon as I brought it inside my two started sniffing the air and looking interested. I took the plastic bag off and found the pillows were wrapped in more plastic but obviously the scent was getting out as my two were very interested by this point. The pillows are about 6 inches long and 3 inches wide and have various patterns on them involving cats. The material is cotton and they are padded with soft cotton-wool like material with little bits of dried valerian mixed in, I haven't opened one but you can feel the bits of herb in there. You can't choose the pattern you receive but I don't think that really matters much. I got a whiff of the valerian myself, it smelt pungent and herby to me. My boys had now congregated round my feet with little bright eyes on and eager faces. I took a pillow in each hand and held them just above their heads wondering if the odd smell was just a mystery to them or if they were really going to react to these pillows like catnip. Seconds later I had no pillows in my hand and one boy was merrily licking his (he does that with catnip toys too) and the other was rubbing his cheek along his and rolling around. For the next half hour they rubbed, threw, bit, licked and rolled around with their new toys until finally both fell asleep with their valerian pillows tucked under their chins. Success! Over the next few days they regularly sought out the valerian toys and had another session with them and now, weeks later, they still go to them for a play even though the scent has faded. My partner came home and asked why the living room smelt of "old socks" and apparently that's how alot of humans describe the smell from valerian! To me it just smelt pungent and didn't bother me at all but my partner wasn't keen! So now I was faced with a problem. How to refresh these toys when I've yet to come across anyone selling valerian spray for this purpose? Simple, buy a valerian plant of course! So I purchased a valerian plant online for a couple of pounds and stuck it on the windowsill. The leaves can be plucked off and rubbed on the toys much the same as I do with catnip leaves. This gave me an idea for my friend's cat. I posted her a leaf and told her to let her cat sniff it and if she seemed interested to rub it on her toys. She did just that and her cat who has never experienced "catnip giddiness" before had a wonderful time with this new exotic smell! Another success and my friend was really pleased as she always felt her cat was missing out by not reacting to catnip. My two have not got bored of their valerian toys and moments ago one of them had a little rub on one of the bags. As with catnip if cats are exposed to it too often they will get bored of it so 2-3 times a week is enough for most cats. They also can become very possessive of their toys while under the influence so it's best to keep your fingers out of the way and once they've had a dose it will be 2 hours before they react to the scent in the same way. Overall these toys are inexpensive, provide alot of fun for those who react to them and can easily be refreshed using fresh leaves. The only downside is the smell of valerian isn't very popular with human noses but I don't consider that to be enough of a downside to lose these pillows a star. Brilliant and if you have a cat that doesn't like catnip they are well worth a try.
Pillow contains herbal valerian mix