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In April it was my 2 elder cats birthdays, they were 6. We always buy birthday and Christmas presents for our girls and one of the things I bought them was the Jolly Moggy Cat Treat Ball. I bought mine from a local garden centre and I paid just £1.50 for it as there was a half price sale on. I always give my girls treats so I thought this would encourage them, especially Daisy and Poppy the older 2 to be a bit more active and get rewarded in the process. Its important to keep your cat as active as possible and at 6 years old although they are still quite active they have definitely passed the wild frantic kitten stage. I like to give them different toys to play with it stops them getting board while we are at work. The Jolly Moggy Cat Treat ball is sold in a little cardboard box with pictures of cats all over it. There is a round cut out at the front so you can see the sort of thing you are buying. The treat ball I bought is yellow with little raised green and red fish bone shapes all over it. Its approximately 3 inches in diameter so its small enough for the cat to pat around but not so small that it rolls under the furniture ( well this is the case for me). Its made from plastic so can washed out regularly. I usually wash mine about once a week as it is used for food and with the warmer weather coming I think it need a good soak in a mild detergent regularly. The treat ball has a little circle cut out in it, this is where you pop the cat treats. It has a little door which twists into place over the hole so you can close it up but leave a big enough gap for 1 treat at a time to fall out. This can be adjusted to the size of the treats you are using. The aim of the game is for your cat to pat the ball around and be rewarded with treats. I always make sure each of my 3 girls gets to play with the treat ball alone, I could imagine it causing trouble if they were all together, also it gives each of them a fair amount of treats. You can put any type or make of treat in the ball, I usually use whiskers Temptations as they really love those. My 3 cats all took different views of this ball. Daisy goes absolutely mad with it. She does love her food and at the first sniff of a treat she has one aim in mind! She pats it round, kicks it and will do just about everything to get the treats out. She loves this toy and it certainly gives her the exercise she needs. Poppy is far more laid back about the whole thing. She's learnt that if you give the ball a large whack several treats will come out at once. She gets less exercise from this toy than Daisy but it does get her off the bed for a while. Layla my youngest cat at nearly 2 should be the most active with the treat ball, however she has learnt the most efficient way to get the treats out. Its not to run with it or whack it but she just puts her head down and slowly walks while at the same time pushing the ball with her head. As she walks along she simply hoovers up the treats! All my girls love the treat ball. It doesn't quite give Poppy and Layla the exercise its supposed to but its a novel way for them to get their treats. Its strong and takes a lot of bashing from Daisy. I would definitely recommend The Jolly Moggy Treat Ball although 2 of my cats don't get the exercise they should from it they do get a lot of pleasure and I am always greeted with a purr from all of them when I get it out of the cupboard.
I had seen our cats looking at our German Shepherd's treat ball longingly and I thought one would be nice to them, though obviously not a dog one and I remembered to look when I was in Pets At Home. It was here that I came across the Jolly Moggy Cat Treat Ball for £2.99. Seeing as we had other items from the Jolly Moggy range and the majority of them had been well made and reliable I decided to buy it for them. The Jolly Moggy Treat Ball is a simple and basic cat toy which is a ball (stating the obvious, aren't I?!) that you can fill with treats for your cat and as your cat rolls it about, the treats will be dispensed. The Jolly Moggy Treat Ball was available in a few different colours but the one which really stood out to me was the one which was mostly white with multicoloured fish bones on it. It looked rather cat like to me and a bit different to the usual block colour of balls. The ball is made completely out of plastic. The plastic on this ball is fairly thick and I don't think it would crush easily like some plastic balls for cats though I don't recommend standing on it to try my theory out! The plastic is pretty durable in my opinion - it is definately one of those balls which needs to be considering thr amount of battering it will end up taking. To fill the Jolly Moggy Cat Treat ball with treats there is an opening on one side of the ball. This opening is adjustable so you can make it as big or small as need be. The ball holds a good few treats. More than enough to keep your cat occupied for a while but not overfeed them. You can fill the Jolly Moggy Treat Ball with any dry food treats which are available. I tend to use Go Cat dry food in ours. I wouldn't recommended using wet food in the treat ball as I think it would be just too messy for inside the house and I think the ball would be a little bit hard to clean. My cats didn't show much interest when I showed them the ball on its own. I think they thought it was just another ball but then they saw that I had their Go Cat box in my hand suddenly things became a little more interesting for them! They watched as I put some treats in and then adjusted the ball so that some would fall out on each roll but so that it wasn't loads each time. I rolled the ball on the floor and they watched. They suddenly realised that each roll released a little trail of biscuits so after the two of them hoovered up the biscuits which had already fallen out, they went on to bat the ball around between each other. Treats tend not to fall out each time much to their annoyance. When the treats do not fall out they bat the ball that little bit harder to try and get them out - Pepsi is hilarious when a treat falls out as she lets out a little burbing noise in excitement. Both my cats love this toy - I think the food element of it sold it to them! They play with it loads though do lose a little bit of interest when the treats have run out. For £2.99 it was an absolute bargain and I highly recommend it.
** The Toy ** The Jolly Moggy Cat Treat Ball is quite a simple looking cat toy. The one I have is yellow with a little bit of decoration on the side (mainly for me, the cats were more interested in what was coming out of the toy!). I bought the ball for £2.99 from Pets at Home, but that was over a year ago. The ball has an opening at one end, which can be adjusted to as small or as big as you like, depending upon the size of the treat you wanted to use, or how mean you were feeling (!). It is quite a hard durable plastic, which it would need to be as the one I have is bashed around constantly by two very hyperactive, cheeky boys. You can use just about any treat on the market in the ball, but I would only recommend dry treats as it could get messy. The size of the treat could be an issue but most cat treats are similar sizes, and due to the opening being adjustable it makes it that bit easier to use your cat's favourite treats. ** Monty & Dylan's Opinion ** (I thought it would be weird to have "My Opinion", as I haven't actually used it lol) My cats, Monty & Dylan, are very curious and slightly too-intelligent-for-their-own-good-at-times Bengals, who need quite a bit of mental stimulation, oh and they love their treats! So I thought the Jolly Moggy Cat Treat Ball would be ideal for them. The ball is simple to use, and so no sooner had I got their treats out they were transfixed with the ball. I put it on the floor expecting a massive flurry of activity but the boys were more interested in seeing what I had done with their treats and if I was indeed, about to eat them myself. After showing Monty & Dylan that I had in fact put the treats in the ball, they were away. They were batting it to each other, running away with it, and just as they were getting annoyed that they could smell their treats but not find them, one would fall out and reward them. I honestly didn't expect the ball to hold much interest, but it does. And in fact it does every time I fill it, they love it. I have even been given the ball by Dylan to play with him without any treats in it, which shows that he actually does enjoy playing with it. The Jolly Moggy Cat treat ball definitely gets the paws up (sorry!) from my boys, and a thumbs up from me!