Product Type: Trixie cat accessories
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Trixie Nub Toy Balls
Member Name: eilidhcatriona
Trixie Nub Toy Balls
Advantages: Brightly coloured, cheap
Disadvantages: Very little bounce, don't roll easily, causes the cats to look at you like you're an idiot
We have just about every type of cat ball in our house, but one of the more unusual types is the Trixie Nub Toy Ball. I think I bought these from the Pets at Home site when ordering food, and bought these to make up the shortfall in order value to get free delivery.
The nub balls look like misshapen bouncy balls. They are the same kind of rubber material that you would find children's bouncy balls to be made of, but instead of being round balls, they each have rounded "nubs" around them, making them more like oversized and softer versions of those cross things you get in the game I think is called jacks.
I chose the nub balls thinking they would be like bouncy balls for the cats, where I could throw them and they would bounce off in random directions, confusing and entertaining the cats at the same time.
The balls aren't very good though. They don't have a huge amount of bounce to them, and of course due to their shape, they don't roll very well. So we can't easily bounce them for the cats to jump after, and when we try to roll them, they will jitter along the floor for a bit before coming to a stop wedged under a sofa or hidden in a corner. All this while the cat we're trying to play with looks on disdainfully, wondering what its daft humans are up to now. And it doesn't help that in order to get much of a bounce from the balls, you have to throw them to the floor quite hard, which makes a loud noise on the laminate floor and scares the cats.
Add to all this the fact that when you stand on one of the balls, it's quite uncomfortable. Not as sore as some other toys, but still something you'd rather not repeat.
These balls weren't expensive, only around £2 for a pack of four, but they are still a waste of money and time. Our cats are not interested in playing with them, and we're not interested in standing on them.
Summary: We'll stick to round balls from now on
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