Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: October 31, 2022 by Crystal Uys


The image above caught my eye on Twitter not long ago. It instantly transported me back to childhood vacations in the Bavarian and Austrian Alps. I had to investigate further! I was intrigued to discover that Bavarian Cat Toys contain valerian root, which, according to their website, has a smell cats can’t resist.

Valerian is said to evoke a euphoric, playful feeling similar to catnip. The toys also contain other Bavarian-grown ingredients including lavender, anise, organic spelt, and (in some cases) catnip. The ingredients are lab-certified to be of pharmaceutical grade, which is the highest grade possible. The toys do not contain any fillers such as poly fibers or plastic to cushion the toys; Bavarian Cat Toys uses spelt for this purpose. The spelt also serves to continually regenerate the valerian, which ensures long-lasting appeal.

I liked everything I heard about these toys, and my two little product testers were excited to put them to the test.


Let me tell you, the smell of these toys is potent! They arrived in a thick priority mail box. I set the box on the kitchen counter, intending to eventually put it in a closet until I was ready to let the girls review them. I went back to my office to get some work done. A few minutes later, I heard something falling in the kitchen. Sure enough, the girls had knocked the box off the counter. I decided that it would be cruel to not let them investigate further, and opened the box.

The girls both went nuts. They like catnip toys, but I’ve never seen them react to a catnip toy like they did to these toys.

We got the large Annabella pillow, the small Patchwork pillow, and the Welli Sticks. As you can see in the video below, the Welli Sticks were a big hit with Ruby.

Allegra was partial to the pillows. By the time she got done properly rubbing her face against both pillows, they were soaked in drool!

I love everything about these toys. They offer an alternative to catnip toys to keep things interesting for cats, they’re made in Germany from German ingredients, and they’re so pretty!

For more information about Bavarian Cat Toys, please visit their website. You can order from the site, or check your local pet store. If they toys aren’t available in your local store, ask them to request free samples so you and the store’s manager can try them out!

Coming this Thursday:
Enter to Win an Assortment of Bavarian Cat Toys!

FTC Disclosure: I received these products for review at no charge. I also received a fee for writing this review. Receiving the free product and the fee did not influence my review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat always reflect my honest and unbiased opinion. Or, as the case may be, Allegra and Ruby’s honest and unbiased opinion.

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17 Comments on Review: Bavarian Cat Toys

  1. I made some valerian tea for myself once, and I noticed that the cat went absolutely bonkers….So I put a little bit in a saucer and she just lapped it up.
    I’ll have to get one of these to try on my two.

    And yes, it does smell very potent.
    It is an herb that lots of people use for them themselves to help with sleeping and relaxation. However, it is one of those herbs that for 5% of the population it has the opposite effect, like me. I can see why the cats would go bonkers….it really revved me up too.

  2. I’ve been interested in these cat toys for awhile now, I finally bought TC the green fish, if he likes it, I’ll be buying more. Thanks Ingrid for the positive reviews 🙂

  3. Thank you for your blog — I just rescued a 6 month old kitten and want to raise her to the healthiest she can be and your writings are a wealth of information. Olive’s got a lot of energy and she could use some new toys to keep her entertained. 🙂

  4. Ingrid, thanks for the info about these unique items! I have 12 cats — all adopted/rescued — and I think I just may have to get some of these for them to try!! Mine love the nip toys, so I’m sure this will be a hit with them as well. . . ♥♥♥

  5. Never heard of these but sounds most interesting, Valerian is well known in the herbal world isn’t it (I think) … and will make a nice change from catnip, much as all cats seem to go for that. Must look out for it in the UK market sometime, it could definitely catch on I think.

  6. I can sure tell they love those toys! Cody received Valerian from The Swiss Cats this holiday season and he went NUTS!

  7. Miss Gracie loves the smell of valerian. My mother takes a sleep formulation made by a vitamin company that has valerian in it. While the tablets smell like stinky socks (yuck) Gracie loves the empty container when Mum is done with it … she couldn’t get her little nose in the container any more than she does! You can almost see her sniffing it in!

  8. Those sound fantastic! And since they are recommended by Allegra and Ruby, we could not go wrong in buying some.

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