There are many different cat toys on the market, and most cat people will have had the experience of buying toys that the cat just won't look at, or loses interest in very quickly. Cats can be very fickle and will often prefer to chase some random bit of packaging they've found, rather than the toy you bought them as a treat.
I tend to find that toys containing catnip have a better chance of success with our cats. Catnip, of course, is the herb that seems to give cats a natural high. Not all cats enjoy it to the same extent, but a few of ours love catnip and will happily roll around the floor, rubbing their faces into the catnip, drooling and generally looking a bit stoned.
I first discovered Catac Organic Catnip Sacks when I was shopping for some items on the Cats Protection website. I'm not sure whether this site still sells the sacks, but you can easily find them online from pet suppliers, and they usually cost 2-3GBP each. They are sometimes sold in multi-packs, and there's a reason for this - cats absolutely love them.
These white cotton sacks don't look like they'd make much of a toy, but the organic catnip in them seems particularly potent and high quality, and these have been more successful than any other toy with our cats. Of course, the sack is really just acting as a container for the catnip, but it means that the cats go on playing for a while and can pick it up and play independently, rather than depending on you putting out some catnip for them.
The sacks are very durable and I've never had one burst open, despite cats fighting with it and playing for hours. Our cats tend to play for a while, leave the sack somewhere for a bit and then re-discover it by themselves and start playing again.
Of course, you can imagine what the white cotton looks like after having cats drool into it, rub their faces on it and generally chase it around the floor, under the bed and into every dark corner. These catnip sacks do very quickly look like the grubbiest thing in the house, which is another reason why they're sometimes sold in multiples.
If you have a cat who enjoys catnip, this is a much better toy than any of the ones you'll find in supermarkets. These seem to contain very potent catnip and really, the cat doesn't care whether the toy is shaped like a mouse or not - these catnip sacks are the perfect toy.
A few years ago on a weekend away I came across a Cat's Protection League shop. We don't have a shop near us so I went inside determined to find something to buy. It didn't take me long to find a few bits but the best item I purchased was one of these Catac organic catnip bags.
Obviously for cats that don't react to catnip this would be a waste of time (try valerian toys for those cats) but as my lads love catnip it was a must have.
I can't remember how much it cost me back then but I've just bought 2 more for them from www.vetuk.co.uk for £1.94 each so they aren't expensive and the original lasted several years. In fact the only reason the original eventually got thrown away was because one of my boys likes to lick catnip toys and he'd licked it so frequently all the catnip inside had become wet and seeped through the bag!
The bags are made of cotton, contain alot of catnip judging from my pairs reaction and have Catac organic catnip in green and a symbol shaped vaguely like a cat on the front, as the picture above. They are about 5 inches long and 3 inches wide and flat.
The bag shape works well for cats because they can pick it up with a front paw and throw it (it's alive!!), hold it in their front paws and kick it with the back paws, carry it around in their mouths, rest on it and hold it down while they "rag it".
The cotton will withstand alot of punishment before it shows much wear and tear and the catnip inside these can easily be refreshed by simply rubbing the sides of the bag together.
I can honestly say in the years we had the first one I never had to rub it with fresh leaves or spray it with catnip spray to provoke some interest, if I just rubbed the bag together it did the trick so the catnip inside must be very potent!
Overall these are excellent toys, shaped well, tough material for sharp claws and teeth to go at, the catnip lasts and lasts and they cost hardly anything. With the weather being cold and the nights drawing in early these are perfect entertainment for my two. Definitely recommended.
Sack containing organic catnip