“ Animals Equipment Type: Cat Entertainment „
I have had my kitten for around six weeks now and already she is spoilt rotten and probably has way too many toys! I was in a discount store and there were some small bags of cat toys on the shelf and in one of them was a catnip bag with a bell dangling off so I thought for a pound why not give it a try?
The catnip bag is a little sack design which is made out of sack like material but not just as rough. On the front of the sack there is a little slogan (and this varies from sack to sack) and at the top a bell is attached on a small hoop of elastic. The feel of the bag is quite soft to say it is sack fabric, and it is filled with what I presume is stuffing (like in a teddy or cushion). The catnip is in with the stuffing and this is what it apparently meant to drive your cat crazy. I would say the bags are made very well and appear to be quite durable.
Cleo was immediately interested in the bag and went mental playing with it and though she is still tiny, she was able to whizz it over her head and chase round the house with it. I am not sure whether it is the bell that held her interest for so long or if it was the catnip, but either way the catnip bag went down an absolute storm with her! She has been playing with the bag for about three weeks and though the bell has come off (it actually came off the first day!) it is still in good condition and showing no sign of falling to bits yet which is kind of what I expected from such a cheap toy.
I would recommend these to cat owners as they are great fun for cats to play with and if they are anything like Cleo it will become a favourite toy and be carried all around the house! The catnip bags are available in some pound stores or from the internet where you will find them at around £3.50 for a pack of three.
The catnip bags with bells get four out of five Dooyoo stars!
Thank you for reading my review :)
When we got our cats we purchased a good few toys as seeing as there were two of them we wanted to make sure there were enough toys for both of them.
Coming across the website zooplus.co.uk was one of the best things that happened to us in regards to cat toys. They have such a huge variety of toys and at really good prices so it is where most of our toys have come from. We picked up a pack of 3 Catnip bags with bells on from zooplus.co.uk for just under £3.50 which I thought was pretty cheap.
The catnip bags are like little sacks made out of similar material. They have the different little slogans on the front in red with a little red pom pom and bell attached. The sacks are soft to touch and filled with stuffing which also has catnip intergrated into it. I have to admit though that I was worried about the little bells coming off if they were played with too strenuously by my two cats so I did take them off. I simply cut them off so I don't know if they would have come off easily or not. Luckily my cats are not fussed if a toy does not have bells so it wasn't an issue for them.
The catnip bags are made very well and are stitched nicely together. They appear to be durable and tough.
My cats really love their catnip bags. And 4 months down the line they still have two of the original three - one took a severe attack from our male cat and he managed to kick the stuffing right out of it! The catnip bags are very light and I have watched many occassions of my cats pick them up by the edges and running off with them or hooking their claws into them and then sending them sprawling across the floor and chasing after them.
I am not sure if it is the catnip in the toys which attract my cats as they tend to play with toys with or without it. I know my other cat who died suddenly at the beginning of the year couldn't abide anything with catnip in and would turn her nose up at it from a good few feet away.
Overall these are great little toys for cats to play with. With my two they generate hours of entertainment and fun. They are cheap and easy enough to get hold of. Highly recommended.
These catnip bags looked very good on the shelf and I thought my three cats might like to play with them. They don't have many toys because they do have a habit of taking them outside and burying them but I don't mind buying them new things like this sometimes because they tend to not bury catnip!
When I got them home and took them out of the packet they came in, two of my cats immediately loved them. The third, on the other hand, was terrified of the bells on them. She dislikes loud noises and I suppose it was probably that which scared her. I took the bell off of one of them and then she seemed a little less scared of it and soon liked her one as well.
She's still terrified of the other two bags though so I have to be careful not to let the other two play with theirs while she's around or she goes and hides under the beds!
The actual product itself lasts well and all of my cats still play with them several months on so I would certainly recommend buying them if your cats like catnip and toys!
Catnip. Strange name, strange stuff. A member of the Lamiaceae family, catnip has a bizarre effect on some cats and a mere whiff of the stuff will leave them racing around and doing somersaults in ecstasy. Note I say some cats, I have three spoilt moggies and while two of them will do the 'catnip dance' as soon as they smell it the other has a quick sniff to see what the others are doing and then saunters away to look for something better to do.
I bought these Catnip Bags With Bells from www.zooplus.co.uk at the end of the year and my two affected cats absolutely love them, although you wouldn't know this from the growling noises they make when they first encounter the bags after they've been in their toybox for a few days! Actually I don't put these in the toybox, they stay hidden away in my bedroom which is the only room my cats aren't allowed in. The reason for this is that my cats can smell these things from 100 yards so placing them in the toybox was making a rod for my own back as they would constantly mewl and fight to get at them, now I hide them on top of the wardrobe but I still occasionally catch Sooty trying to race past me when I'm going into the bedroom. I think I need an iron box to keep them in!
The bags are very well made, all seams are solidly rendered and even after two months of rough play my terribly destructive cats have not managed to so much as puncture any of the bags. It's covered in a hessian type material which is much softer that typical hessian but incredibly strong, the bags are very lightly padded and this means my cats can play properly with them and grab them with their claws to toss them around.
The scent of catnip does fade after time but you can buy a catnip spray which can be sprayed onto the bag to bring it back to life for the cats, you'll soon realise when the scent is fading as while the cats will still have a mad few minutes their reactions are not as strong towards the bag. It seems to me that the strength of scent has a discernible effect on my cats as when I've given it a fresh spray with catnip their reaction is visibly more agitated and they instantly become more playful and excitable.
I think these bags are fantastic, I really do. My cats are basically house cats who will occasionally pop outside for a few minutes to perhaps do their business or see what food they can cadge from the nearby old folks home. This means that they do not get the exercise they need really and if you know cats then you'll know they will not be forced or bribed into doing anything, and that includes playing. I don't use the catnip bags out of laziness and will attempt to coerce them into burning some energy off with their tinkling mouse or a cardboard box, but sometimes when they look particularly lethargic I will throw them a catnip bag each and watch them scamper about for a while getting more and more excited.
The bell attached to these catnip bags are neither here nor there in my opinion and I believe my cats would adore these little pouches even if there was no bell. It's extremely small and emits a very thin tinkling noise which may or may not draw the attention of my cats, it's securely attached though and poses no choking hazard so I've left it on as a kind of decoration. If nothing else the string which holds the bell is ideal for my larger cat to snag with his claw and send the bag flying through the air!
For my set of three catnip bags I paid £2.98, although they can be bought separately for £1.49.
At Xmas I bought a few toys for my boys (cats) to play with, some were a hit and others weren't but these little bags were a definite hit.
I bought a pack of 3 from www.zooplus.co.uk at £2.98 but they also sell them individually at £1.49 each so they're inexpensive toys. Zooplus is also a merchant on Quidco so there's cashback to be had too.
As my lads spend most of the time indoors I like them to have plenty of toys to play with should the mood strike so I have a toybox where I put all their toys and when they want to play they go to the toybox and rifle through until they find the toy they fancy then have a good play with it.
These bags are about 3 inches long by 2 and a half inches wide and filled with very light, soft stuffing that is impregnated with catnip. They have text on them that reads "Catnip Sack" or "I love cats" etc and a pom pom that attaches a short string with a bell on it.
Some cats love bell sounds as they play but my two don't mind if there's any ringing sounds or not.
I can definitely confirm these toys have been played with! Although the catnip didn't seem to be especially strong on these bags my lads immediately had a tussle with them. The great thing about them is how light they are, the very light stuffing meant my two could hook them with a claw and throw them around to provide some running play! They are also made of strong cotton so withstood a good kicking with back feet easily.
After a day or two I wiped the bags with fresh catnip leaves which provoked new interest in them and if I didn't have fresh leaves I would use the catnip spray (see my previous review) to refresh them.
The bells are firmly attached so they haven't budged as yet but it's worth keeping an eye on them to make sure they don't and if they start to come loose remove them to prevent any swallowing accidents. It's not likely a cat will swallow them as they're more likely to go for the bag minus the bell than the bell minus the bag but it's worth being careful.
Overall these are cute little bags that are light enough for them to throw but tough enough to stand up to alot of claw action. They are readily available, inexpensive and provide your cats with some entertainment. Thoroughly recommended for cats that like catnip.
Bags filled with catnip