“ Animals Equipment Type: Cat Entertainment „
In our house we have a little door way into our bathroom. The flooring in this door way is not a big area at all but it is easily marked especially by the cats when they are tearing through the house full pelt. There is no way to stop them from tearing through there as there isn't a door so I thought a scratch mat would be a good idea to help slow them down and protect our flooring.
I came across the Jolly Moggy Wild Cat Nip Seagrass Scratch Mat from Pets At Home. It cost me £7.99 which I thought was a little expensive but my whole reasoning was that it would be alot more expensive to replace our flooring if it was damaged by scratches. Plus I was hoping that when they were running mad the mat would slow them down and convince them to have a scratch to burn off some of their energy.
The mat came in a sealed bag and in the bag was little bits of twig and leaves. After a quick read on the packaging, it appeared that this was the seagrass and cat nip. When I opened the bag I couldn't really smell anything aside from a musty sort of mat smell. I have ever been able to really smell cat nip itself though and have always thought it to be something just cats can smell (either that or my sense of smell is up the spout!) To be honesty the musty smell was not particularly nice and I found myself hoping that the smell wouldn't linger too much.
The mat itself is made from coiled rope which has been maniuplated into an oval shape. The rope feels scratchy and not too pleasant to touch. I thought the mat would be likes this on both sides but the coiled rope is actually on a solid wooden board. The board on the bottom which will make contact with the floor is covered in a felt type of material. I am guessing this is to attempt to hold it in place so that it doesn't move all over the place.
Before I put the mat down on the floor, I decided to take it out in the garden to give it a bit of a shake and brush off as there were loads of little bits stuck to the coiled rope which was coming off everywhere once it was out of the bag. I didn't want a massive clean up operation every day from all the bits though even after I took it in the garden for a shake off, bits did still come off of it.
I put the mat down where I wanted it. Both my cats went over to it and gave it a good sniff and they then walked away. It didn't seem to be overly interesting them in terms of scratching. Rooney returned to the scratch mat a little while later and did give his claws a good sharpening on it which generated more bits of seagrass, leaves and rope = more clearing up for me. Pepsi showed absolutely no interest in it at all so much for the cat nip in it then! But she would not go anywhere near it either. She just didn't like it.
Rooney is the only one who will use this mat and it is only for limited periods. He likes to roll on it though and scratch his back on it though it probably isn't big enough for this purpose as a good bit of him hangs off of the ends! Sometimes he will rest his head on it but other than that the mat just sits there, protecting my floor from their mad running moments.
And the mat did serve its purpose for protecting my floor and slowing them down. The mat does slow them down and stop them running before they get to my flooring and my floor has not been marked again since it has been down so it works in that respect but the amount the cats have played with it I probably would have been better off just getting a cheap mat if I am totally honest.
Pepsi especially dislikes it and won't even step on it and the amount Rooney uses it in a week I could probably count on one hand. The mat itself is really messy and despite trying to get the loose bits off before putting it down they still appear on a regular basis.
I wouldn't recommend this mat. I don't think it is particularly well made especially with the bits that shed off of it and I have noticed some of the coiled rope starting to lift off of the base. I would avoid.
We bought a Jolly Moggy Wild Catnip Seagrass Scratch Mat as something to stop one of our cats clawing the living daylights out of one of our rugs. At the time when we saw this natural seagrass kitty scratch mat we hoped it would encourage our lad to keep his paws off our rug and use the mat instead.
As we have found that our cats are rather partial to catnip and products with catnip on or in them we thought the Jolly Moggy Wild Catnip Seagrass Scratch Mat might be just the thing for our cat to sharpen his claws on. When we bought the mat we trusted in the brand as we have had a good number of Jolly Moggy branded products and they have in the main been good.
We paid £6.99 for our Jolly Moggy Wild Catnip Seagrass Scratch Mat, but I have seen it for £2 to £3 more, which is far too much for what it is. I would certainly would not have wanted to pay more than we did for our mat considering that underwhelming effect it had on our sharp clawed kitty. When in the pack the mat looked like, well err...a small door mat type thing but thinner, very natural looking and in no way fancy.
When we got the mat it came in a simple clear fronted pack that could be re-used as it had a zip top to the plastic pouch. This was something we thought would be handy to store other cat related items in if needed, rather than placing the scratch mat into it when not in use. After all we wanted the mat to be there at our cats pleasure so he could have a go at it and leave our rug alone!
The info on the pack said that the Jolly Moggy Wild Catnip Seagrass Scratch Mat was part of the 'natural wild catnip toys' range. We hoped the lure of the catnip would excite our cat enough to fall for the mat and give it a good clawing, thus leaving his paws off our rug forever. The mat is made from encircled and entwined seagrass woven into a series of coils, which is then made into an oval shaped mat. It is made to be something that will stand up to a good deal of attention, but will in the end degrade over time.
In actual use we found that our cat was interested in the mat when we placed it out for him to try and quickly wandered over to take a look, nuzzling and pawing it keenly. Our other cat was also rather keen on the mat too and there was a bit of hissing from our lad as he wanted to be first to investigate it. After a while things did settle and the pair of them came to an agreement.
When we saw how well both cats had reacted to the mat we hoped that would be an end to the rug scratching habit our male cat had developed a liking for. Sadly that wasn't the case at all, he still wandered over the the Jolly Moggy mat every now and then for a quick catnip fest, but continued to enjoy polishing hid claws on his favorite thing...our rug!
The fact that the Moggy mat was there to amuse him seemed to make no difference at all, he still went back to 'his rug' and still does whenever he fancies a jolly good clawing and scratching session. We may have well as given the rug a good spray with catnip and let him get on with it really! Still the seagrass mat did get a scratching from both cats at times on and off and although it wore down over time it certainly lasted very well.
For anyone thinking of buying a Jolly Moggy Wild Catnip Seagrass Scratch Mat to see if it works for their cat, I would say it does have some use and if bought very cheaply I would still recommend it. The mat is 33cms long by 23cms wide and so is big enough for cats to get to grips with, but not so big that it takes up too much room in the home.
A cheaper option would be to buy a cheap doormat type product and then spray it madly with some catnip spray. That way it will work out far cheaper than buying the Moggy mat and it won't be such as loss if the mat is not fully embraced by your pets. As an over all rating I feel this ought to get 3 stars, as it did work to a point, but just not enough to deter our cat from mauling our rug.
A while ago when I was browsing on www.petplanet.co.uk I came across this scratching mat. My boys (cats) rather like scratching areas that lay on the floor and they already have one mat that's similar, but not the same, as the Jolly Moggy one so I thought a second mat somewhere else would be quite useful. At the time I purchased it it cost £4.99 but I notice it is now £7.99.
The mat arrived a few days later and I thought it looked rather rustic! It's actually in a zipped up plastic bag that can be reused but there are lots of loose twigs and leaves floating around the bag too! This is the seagrass and catnip allegedly. I opened it up and had a sniff inside which revealed nothing but a slightly mustly smell. The actual scratching section of the mat is coiled rope like material and the base is a wooden board covered by material on the bottom and of course the scratching surface on the top. It is about the size of a place mat and oval.
Onto the floor with it then. Firstly I noticed the twigs and leaves were getting everywhere, there are lots of loose bits on the rope like area so be prepared to be cleaning these bits up for a while if you buy one of these mats. Secondly I noticed my boys didn't seem very interested in it and since this is supposed to have "extremely high quality" catnip in it they should have gone wild for it like they do all catnip objects. Bear in mind too that this was packaged in a zip up plastic bag and the scent of catnip should have been very strong when it was first opened.
After a few days one of my boys decided it might make quite a nice place to rest and took to laying his front paws and head on it but my other lad has shown zero interest in what should be irresistable to them because of the catnip. I'm not convinced there is any catnip on this at all. Undeterred I tried spraying the mat with catnip spray which induced a small amount of temporary interest but no scratching whatsoever.
The manufacturers say they have made this to be destroyed but recently they have improved the quality and therefore the longevity of the product. In our house this isn't an issue as my boys have still never scratched this even though it's been on the floor for the last 8 weeks or so. I'm fairly sure they never will use it now but I leave it on the floor because one of my boys still likes to lay his paws and head on it sometimes.
So overall it's messy with all the bits of twig falling off it, doesn't appear to smell of catnip at all, isn't something my boys want to scratch and has also gone up in price recently! Not a runaway success but as far as the actual product goes it does seem to be made quite sturdy so that's a plus. I don't really recommend this scratching mat but if your cats like to use floor based objects for scratching it might be worth a try. It would get more use in our house if I actually used it as a place mat!
A pitiful 2 stars from me for something that ought to have been great but wasn't.