A research group at Iwate University and others, which studies the relationship between cats and actinidia in plants, announced that they have found that even if cats continue to smell actinidia actinidia for a long time, it is not addictive and is not toxic to the body. On top of that, we developed a spray that extracts components that cats react to from actinidia actinidia
Cats are known to prefer actinidia and lick or rub their bodies when they smell them, but until now there have been no studies scientifically evaluating the safety of actinidia against cats.
A research group from Iwate University and Nagoya University placed components extracted from actinidia leaves near cats for four consecutive hours to investigate whether actinidia had an addictive effect.
When 4 cats were observed, they only came into contact with actinidia for about 10 minutes in 4 hours, and interest in actinidia tended to decrease with time.
In addition, when the blood of multiple cats that continued to be fed actinidia for up to about 10 years was examined, no abnormalities were found in the liver and kidney values in any of them.
For this reason, the research group was able to scientifically prove for the first time that giving actinidia to cats is not addictive and not toxic to the body.
The research group also developed a spray that extracts ingredients from dried actinidia leaves that cause unique reactions, such as cats rubbing their bodies.
This spray can be used by spraying on cat claws and toys.
Professor Masao Miyazaki of Iwate University says, "Now that we have been able to prove the safety of actinidia based on evidence, which has been unclear until now, I hope that it will serve as a guidepost for people who have been hesitant to give actinidia to cats.