“ Manufacturer: Pets at Home / Type: Cat Toys - Tunnel „
Last Christmas we purchased our cat Belle a little present when we were in Pets At Home and that present was these Santa's Pants Cat Tunnel and they set us back £9.00 - looking back I really regret purchasing them as they were a bit of a waste of money.
Santa's Pants were a little different and a bit of fun for her for Christmas. The pant's look exactly like Santa's trousers. They are bright red on the leg area with a black waistband and yellow belt buckle. Hanging from the belt buckle are two little black pom poms and then there is a white edging at the bottom of Santa's Pants which are actually the opening for tunnels. The pants are made from a soft cotton material whilst the white edges are actually made from a sheepskin material. I personally thought that it would have been better to make the whole thing from sheepskin but obviously Pets At Home didn't share this thought process with me. The fabric inside Santa's pants is also really soft to touch and it also rustles with a crinkly sound, much like baby toys do when babies are exploring sounds and fabrics. I think this is done to make the tunnel more interesting to the cat.
The waistband area of the trousers is where your cat enters the pants and this is held up with a circular wire which is incorporated into the waistband itself so that no harm can come to your kitty. It makes it easier for your cat to run in and out of the tunnel without them having to fight their way in. The leg holes at either end do not have wire to hold them up.
The pants are nicely made and of a good quality which is what I have come to expect from Pets At Home products. They are stitched together well and show no signs of easy tearing.
When we put this down for Belle to look at she looked at us as though we were crazy. She went over to it and had a little sniff at it....she would usually dab at something to show extra enthusiasm but this didn't even gather that much from her. She then turned and walked away, her tail held highly in the air as posh and snooty as can be. We left it out on the floor for her and thought it would be best to let her investigate it in her own time (she was never a cat to be rushed!).
She did come back and she just sat in front of the pants and looked. It was at this point that I got down on the floor with her and showed her the pom poms and rustles the fabric inside the pants. She took some interest in the pom poms but she didn't care for the rustling at all. She looked as though it was all beneth her to be honest though I will be the first to admit that she sometimes gave the impression she was much too good to be in our company anyway! I got one of her favourite balls out and placed it in the pants and she did go in but all she did was retrieve the ball and come straight back out though she did come out of one of the leg holes.
Belle never played in the pants and she resorted to getting in the pants and sleeping in them but never playing with them. To be honest I just don't think there is enough to keep a cat stimulated with these pants. It would have probably been a better idea to hang the pom poms at the opening of the pants rather than to put them on the top pretty much out of sight.
We still have the pants though they were packed away after Christmas (not that Belle was bothered!) and since Belle has gone and she didn't particularly like them anyway, I thought that it might be a good idea to let Pepsi and Rooney have a go with them. I think the pants may be a bit more successful with younger cats or kittens and with there being two of them it might be a bit more fun.
As it stands though, I couldn't possibly recommend them though it is down to the individual cat but even for me I thought the tunnel as a whole looked pretty boring.
As some of you already know my sister and I write a blog and, since she works in PR, she can get freebies for us to try and then write about on the blog.
Our latest 'gift' was a pair of Santa's Pants which is a cat tunnel sold by Pets at Home for £8.99.
As you can see by the picture at the top of this review the item in question looks like a pair of red trousers with a black waistband (not much of a surprise there then!). They are very lightweight as they are made from a polyester fabric with a band of white sheepskin round the end of each 'trouser leg'. They seem robust enough to withstand some serious play.
The waist end has a metal ring set into it so that it stands upright on the floor making a hole through which the cat is supposed to run coming out through one of the leg holes.
There is rustling paper inside the fabric to further entertain the cat and two black pom poms which dangle from the waist for him to play with.
The question is of course - did Mew like it?
Well, sort of ......... First of all he looked at it and then walked away. The Dave started to rustle the fabric and that attracted his attention but he still wasn't really sure quite what he was expected to do with it.
Then Dave got a piece of string and put it by the leg hole and Mew then chased it running straight through the pants. He then had great fun doing the same thing over and over again but he isn't really interested in playing with Santa's Pants on his own. We occasionally hear him rustling the fabric but he soon tires of it I'm afraid.
He was sitting on the sofa the other day and Dave lifted the pants onto the arm of the sofa next to him and the pom poms were dangling and moving so he was catching hold of them and biting them (Mew not Dave you understand).
To be honest I wouldn't recommend them for a single older cat - Mew is about four years old - but maybe if you have a kitten or, even better, a couple of kittens I think this could be a winner!
For more information take a look at the Pets at Home website at www.petsathome.com where you can find Santa's Pants together with details on how to order them and also a few reviews from people whose cats have played with them.