If you’re a cat owner and your feline friend is among the 50 percent of cats who go crazy for catnip, you probably never thought there was any other herb that could inspire such wild reactions. I’ll admit I never thought so myself until the kind folks at Bavarian Cat Toys sent me some stocking stuffers for my kitties. I chronicled their reactions in the series of photos below, but suffice it to say that valerian (along with lavender and anise in some of the toys) drove my boys just as wild as the most potent catnip.
Follow along with the photos as I unbox the Bavarian Cat Toys and barely get any photos before they’re taken over by crazed kitties. Valerian and lavender are said to have a calming effect on humans, but as you can see, they’re definite kitty energizers. If you want to try these toys on your own cats, visit the Bavarian Cat Toys website.
Nice Selection of Toys
When my box of Bavarian Cat Toys arrived, I set them up nicely on the counter and prepared to take some photos showcasing the cute Christmas toy and some of the regular styles. I hadn’t even grabbed my good camera yet when I had a little assistance, as you can see in the next photo. I hastily grabbed my cell phone camera to take some shots before things got too crazy.
The cats decided to play cat burglar and steal the toys right off the counter when I tried to go for the regular camera. They’d actually been sniffing the box as soon as I brought it into the house, and apparently the potent scent of valerian hit them even though the toys were up high. I managed to catch SheiKra investigating.
Early Christmas Present
I opened one of the toy packages and have SheiKra an early Christmas present, He immediately took it under the Christmas tree and proceeded to maul it and drool all over it. I’ve seen him have that reaction with catnip, but I was amazed that valerian could ignite the same passion.
SheiKra soon put on the kind of crazy face that I typically see when he’s had a good dose of nip. Shortly afterthis photo was taken, he decided to chase the poor dog all over the house. Poor Bolt (the dog) wanted to investigate the Bavarian Cat Toys himself, but the cats weren’t having any of it.
My tuxedo cat, Stitch, raised orange and white Farquaad from kitten hood when we adopted him as a mangy little stray. They two normally love each other and never have any conflicts, but when I gave Farquaad one of the Bavarian Cat Toys, he immediately told Stitch “Mine!” in plain cat body language.
A Cat Toy for All Ages
SheiKra, my black cat, is the youngest of my brood, so I expect him to play with new toys. Farquaad is pushing 15, but he was like a kitten again when he got his paws on the Bavarian Cat Toys. He rolled, writhed, chewed, drooled, and generally had a great old time with his new toy. All of my boys give Bavarian Cat Toys a big paws-up.