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~Cute catnip mice~
I bought a pack of Jolly Moggy catnip mice at a well known pet superstore a while ago after a previous similar set of Pets At Home 'nibble and gnaw mice' toys had to be replaced. These little Jolly Moggy branded catnip mice toys proved to be quite popular with the cats, as after a few initial sniffs and wary swipes of the paw they soon became something our cats were interested in playing with. When I bought these little mice I thought that they looked cute and compact in size making them something that could easily be carried back to play with by the cats as and when they felt the mood.
In use both cats have enjoyed playing with the mice to some extent although the amount of interest given to them has varied greatly. The addition of the catnip made the mice something that the cats have enjoyed fighting, biting, liking, nuzzling and playing with as they respond well to catnip in most cases. The catnip effect does fade out over time but can be topped up a little with some catnip spray if you have some. The attraction between the cats and the catnip in the mice when they were newly bought had the usual effect whereby the cats became quite playful for a time and then exhausted themselves to the point where they were content with licking the little mice and drooling over them whilst purring quite loudly.
The catnip mice are made from a hessian type material that has been stuffed to give the body of the mice a little bulk, without having anything in them that would be of too much danger to cats. The outer material gives each mouse a nice textured look and feel that enables cats to get their claws and teeth into them and have some fun. There are little tails, ears and whiskers on each mouse which can and do end up coming away from the main body of the mice over time. I find that I do like to keep an eye on the state of repair of these types of cat toys as they can become ripped through energetic cat play at times, meaning that some degree of supervision is advisable when our cats are using the toys, (to make sure they don't swallow anything they shouldn't) in my opinion.
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Over all I feel that these catnip mice are a cat toy that many cats will get some fun from, as long as the mice are not left out for them to play with for long periods of time unsupervised. In use the mice do become quite chewed and battle worn and the tails and ears can and do come away from the main body of the mice, which can be a problem if swallowed by an over keen cat. I wouldn't want to leave these out for the cats to play with all the time for that reason. The cost of a set of 2 catnip mice was £2.55 when I bought them which I felt was reasonable value for money. My rating for the mice is 3 stars as whilst they are a toy that the cats liked they are not as durable as some other cat toys I have bought and will need replacing after a short time due to rips and tears in the material which can make them unsafe for cats to play with.
A couple of months ago I was checking out on Amazon and it came up with some recommended items. I had a browse, like I always do, and ended up buying my beautiful cat some of these catnip mice. From looking at my order history I can see that I spent £2.47 on these including delivery, however, the price fluctuates on an almost daily basis, like lots of items on the Amazon website so they may be able to be bought cheaper if you wait rather than impulse buying like I did!
For my money I got two catnip mice attached to a cardboard backing. These are quite a reasonable size and they have added detail with tails, eyes, eyebrows and whiskers attached. My cats favourite part to play with is the tail and one of her mice no longer has a tail on it where she has managed to chew right through it and she then tried to eat the tail but fortunately I caught her in time! It must have taken a number of hours chewing and playing with this before she managed to get the tail free and she'd made it her mission to chew it off with the mice being held down by her paws and then her working her head back and forth to get a good leverage on the tail.
These mice really are quite simple and easy for my cat to play with. They are a reasonable size but lightweight so she can carry them around if she wants to. My cat is definitely attracted to these mice so I am guessing they have a generous amount of catnip within them. My cat rolls around a lot while playing with them and so I'm sure that the catnip does have an effect on her. My cat is definitely playful when these are around and she seems to love them. To get the catnip really activated and working well you need to rub these between your hands and this only takes a few seconds so isn't really a problem at all.
Our cat has a wide variety of toys and she loves mice and anything with string on it, a typical cat cliché I guess! I like to alternate her toys from week to week to ensure that she doesn't get bored of seeing the same toys constantly. These catnip mice are something that she plays with frequently and I will often see her rolling around with one under the dining table and so I know that she absolutely loves these.
These mice are lovely and soft and are about 2 inches in length, maybe a little bigger. My cat has been playing with these for a good month or two now and while I do alternate play she has had many hours with them and apart from one of the tails falling off none of the other pieces have broken off so I would consider these to be quite safe although what toy is really safe in the paws of a cat? In all I would say that these are quite good value for money. My cat has great interest in these and she seems to enjoy playing with them every time they come back out of her cat toy box (built in to her large house/scratching post). I'm giving these a 5/5 because the price is good, my cat loves them and they're tough enough to stand up, mostly, to her regular assaults.
I have two cats, and they are incredibly spoiled . I'm always picking up little bits and bobs they might like, and one of my most recent purchases was a pack of 2 Jolly Moggy catnip mice, which cost me around £2.99 in my local pet shop.
The mice are really very cute - a five cm each roughly, there is a pale cream one and a slightly darker mocha coloured one, made of a soft flannel fabric, with soft leather effect tails and ears, and cute little eyes and whiskers . They are squishy inside, and they have a little catnip inside - nothing that I can detect any smell from, but seemingly enough for my cats to pick up on it .
My cats love these - they love to lie on their backs with their feet viciously kicking the mouse, whilst clamping the tail, or occasionally the nose, in their mouths. Then they'll pick them up by the tail, and flick them across the room with their paws, before wriggling their bums and pouncing in for the kill. Sometimes the cats will play together with one mouse, but for the most part they take a mouse each, and often play in separate rooms .
These mice are often played with . They are quite small and often get stuck or lost under the sofa - but this is actually a good thing, as the cats forget about them, and then treat them as new toys once we dig them out again. Despite much chewing and biting, the mice still look pretty good - one is missing a tail, but other than that the stitching is still secure and there is no stuffing peeping out.
As a cheap treat for my spoilt moggies, these mice are a real winner. 5 stars .
I picked these up during my weekly shop at just two euro it was a bit of an impulse buy but I knew my cat would be grateful. There are two mice in one pack which I thought was good value.
The mice themselves are soft and are made out of wool. They are in two colours cream and brown and they have long tails and little eyes to resemble the real thing. They are also sprayed in catnip in order to attract the cat.
When I gave these to my cat she just batted at them and walked away looking completely disinterested. It was only after a few hours that I walked into the room and saw her rolling on her back wrestling with one of the mice! So even if they dont seem to like them at first they will still get a kick out of them when they feel like a bit of fun that is.
My cat has been playing with them for about two months now and there is obvious wear and tear. I thought that she would break the seams but surprisingly they are stayed intact. She did manage to chew the ears off and the faces have become a bit distorted but at least she enjoyed doing it!
I would recommend these because they are excellent value for two mice and cats will enjoy tossing them around the house. I have often walked into the room and seen these on the floor and gotten a fright so they are life like!
Jolly Moggy Catnip Mice
My cat can be very fussy at times which is very annoying when you buy something new and that you are more excited than the cat! I discovered that sometimes the most simple thing are the most entertaining for the cat like a mice! I got these mice's as a little present for the cat which was annoying because it was my birthday not his! But suppose it was nice.
It always seem the perfect present for people to buy for a cat, mice's, so now he does have like four mice's laying around and I think I thrown a few out. But he really likes them and its fun for me to see him going mental at a simple thing like that. I always assumed he would get bored for it after a few minutes but he kept on playing and playing for like an hour! What I love is that sometimes he bring the mice for me to throw away so he can pick it up like a dog! Never seen a cat doing that.
I know these mice's are quiet cheap and that you can get them for around 2 pounds. You get 2 mice's of different colours and look like a real mice with their little eyes and tail. They are 8 centimetres long but the best thing is, is that they are filled with a drug for cats: catnip. My cat absolutely loves it and goes mental with them. Sometimes the effect wears off so I bought a catnip spray and it works.
The mice's are of good quality and have them now for months and they are still in once piece! They do advice the check the mice's now and then to make sure they are not ripped. I don't think you can really go wrong with these mice's and especially since they are only around 2 pounds! It's a real bargain and especially a nice treat for your cat.
My cats aren't fussy things. They like toys and they don't particular care what they are or what they look like so long as they can play with them and have lots of fun. When we first got our cats, we purchased an array of toys for them so they wouldn't get bored and the Jolly Moggy Catnip mice were just one pack of many toys.
The mice came in a pack of two and we paid £1.50 for the pack from a pet shop. The mice are 2 different colours - one is beige and the other is more of a biscuit colour. they each have eyes, little felt brown ears and a longish felt brown tail. Each mouse measures 5 x 4.5 x 8 cms and they are made from the same type of material as cat scratch posts. The mice are also filled with cat nip which is supposed to make the toy more attractive to your cat to play with.
Now cat nip is a strange little substance. Some cats like it and go crazy for it whilst others will merely turn their noses up at it and look at you as though you have tried to make them play with some type of poison. My cats are not fussed by cat nip, they just love things to play with 0 including my daughter's Littlest Pet Shop figures!
The cat nip mice are a little deceiving in that they look like they are hardy little cat toys but once your cats have had a hold on them and started ripping them apart, biting them and generally sticking their claws into them, they are a little worse for wear. I did find that after my cats had finished massacring the poor little mice that the tails were half hanging off and there was an odd ear missing here and there. I also found that the material on the mice unravelled after a few weeks and left the mice being unfit for use.
Overall, these mice are a good bit of fun for your cats. They are nice and cheap so it doesn't break the bank when you cats finally "kill" them either. My cats are not bothered by cat nip at all and the fact that it was in the mice was not an issue either way but be warned if your cat is a cat nip hater then these probably won't go down all that well.
Cats are difficult creatures to please - often they will take an immediate interest in a new toy, whereas at other times they will simply turn their noses up in disgust. Of course, it helps if the toy in question is coated or filled with catnip, as is the case with the 'Jolly Moggy Catnip Mice'. Costing around £2.50 for a two pack from amazon.co.uk, the mice (which measure 5 x 4.5 x 8 cms) are made from a hessian-like material and contain a blend of 100% natural catnip.
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Catnip itself is an unusual substance - some cats go wild at the merest sniff, whilst others aren't affected whatsoever. Ultimately then, the catnip mouse will probably be enjoyed more by the feline who succumbs to catnip than by the one who doesn't. My cat got fairly excited by the mouse / mice when she first got hold of them, but since has played with them very little - I think the catnip inside probably loses its potency after a while.
What do they look like?
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In terms of their appearance, the mice are cute little things - one is slightly darker than the other, and both feature fabric tails, ears, eyes and whiskers. Although they appear to be tough critters, the Catnip Mice can be quickly transformed into tatty and torn toys at the hands (or paws) of an excited cat. The fabric ears can come off fairly easy, so it's best to check them occasionally for any loose bits.
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Overall then, If your cat is a catnip addict, I would recommend giving the Jolly Moggy Catnip mice a go - they're not too expensive, and your feline may love them. For the non-catnip loving cat, I probably wouldn't bother, instead opting for the number of stringy-chasey type toys on the market.
My cat was going into a cattery for the first time and I read on a pet forum that it's comforting for them to take a familiar toy in to remind them of home. Emily has never been one for cat toys, preferring to target things like Scart leads and earphone wires, if not terrorising the local wildlife, but I decided I should buy her a new toy to take to the cattery as she would be in a small enclosed space and might want something to play with.
I have tried expensive toys for Emily before like a play tunnel with toy attachments which she totally ignored and avoided, a laser light toy that made her angry and she scratched the wallpaper, and a battery operated toy which featured a mouse on the end of a wire which flipped about madly and scared her. My keywords for this new purchase were 'cheap' and 'basic'!
Amazon has a wide range of cat toys. I made my way through the list and the item I kept returning to look at was the Jolly Moggy Cat Toy Wild Catnip Mice Twin Pack. The product was described as 'a natural wild catnip toy for your cat. They will love these mice which are filled with pure and natural catnip. Source of joy for cat and owners.' There was also a positive customer recommendation. The cost for a pack of two toy mice was £1.99.
Only three days later the parcel was posted through the letterbox. The toy mouse duo were not wrapped in any packaging, just attached to the backing card with t-shaped plastic fasteners. It's important to make sure the plastic tags are completely removed before giving to your cat.
The toy mice themselves are cute looking, they have an almost home-made look to them. One is off-white in colour, the other is mid-brown. They have a rough knitted texture and their eyes are knitted too in black. They have silky ribbon tails, cotton thread whiskers and leather-look ears all of which appear to be firmly fastened on the toys. They are quite large so would not present a choking hazard.
After looking at the toys I put them up on a bookshelf to show Emily later, and then forgot about them until later when I saw Emily standing up on her back legs like a fat tortoiseshell coloured meerkat sniffing in the direction of the bookshelves. She could clearly smell the natural wild catnip in the mice and was trying to investigate.
Catnip is a herb that is a member of the mint family, it has a euphoric behavioural effect on about two thirds of British domestic cats which is hereditary, apparently Australian cats don't react to it at all. Kittens don't respond to it either, only adult cats.
The packaging suggests you rub the mice between your hands to release the oils for maximum effect. I did this, then threw one of the mice across the floor. It had an instant effect on the cat, she was throwing it around, rolling on it, biting it, it brought out the mouser in her. She tends to have short frenzied playtimes with them then needs to get away, maybe the catnip gets a bit much.
The mice are quite fat so they are easy to get hold of, and the rough knit texture is great for kitty claws to grip into while they do that funny kicking thing with their back paws!
She took both mice to the cattery with her and when I collected her after five days one of them was ripped along its back but the catnip wasn't ripped out and its whiskers, ears and other bits were all still attached.
These are definitely a good buy for cats. Once Emily has destroyed them both I will buy replacements or look at the other products in the Jolly Moggy range, for instance they do a larger mouse with a coarser texture to it.