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Our flat is littered with cat toys - they are scattered over the floor, tucked into cat beds, wedged under tables, and hidden in corners and under sofas. Toys tend to disappear, we forget about them, and then they mysteriously resurface. The Trixie Pompom Catnip Balls are a good example of toys which disappear every now and then, easily pushed under a sofa. The name of the toy describes them very well - they are average sized fluffy toy balls, soft and brightly coloured, and with catnip in the filling. We bought them in a pack of four a few years ago, and I think they were around £2 for the pack. We have a lot of hard toy balls for the cats to chase, but these soft balls are different. Unlike hard balls, they don't roll around if you throw them for the cats, even on our laminate floors. What our cats love doing with these is getting their claws into them and throwing them around. All three of them play in exactly the same way with these balls, which is quite unusual, as they often have their own way of playing with toys. The cats will have a casual bat at one of the pompom balls as it sits on the floor, and their attention will be caught as the ball moves. They'll have another bat at it, this time with claws out, the ball will stick to their claws, and then they'll fling the ball across the room to shake it off their paw, which of course leads to them tearing after the suddenly fast-moving ball. They continue throwing the ball around until they decide it's time for a nap. I love watching the cats play with these balls, they look so comical. These balls are ideal for individual play, for keeping the cats entertained on their own. They seem to really enjoy throwing the balls around and chasing after them. I think the catnip helps attract their attention, but I don't think it is very strong, even when the balls are new, as none of our cats have tried to lick or rub against the balls. Obviously it's great to have toys which the cats enjoy, and which encourage active play, but I have to admit I also have a selfish reason for why I like these - they are soft and squashy, and therefore when you stand on them, it doesn't feel like you've broken your foot, as other cat toys do. I'm not exactly sure when we got these, but I think it is at least 3-4 years ago, and the balls are still in very good condition. The cats haven't pulled any of the fluffy covering off them, and the balls are still round, despite being regularly stood on. They can look a bit grubby if they've been covered in dust under a sofa for a while, but that is easily brushed off. There are currently two of these on our living room floor, and I'm sure the other two are around somewhere. Should all four ever disappear, I would happily buy another pack as all three cats really enjoy playing with the balls - and we enjoy watching them.
When it came to getting my kitten Myrtle I knew I had so much stuff to get prior to getting her. Planning on her being a house cat (she is ragdoll and we get a lot of catnapping going on round here) I went out basically and bought the town up and cost myself a fortune! I have owned cats in the past and knew I was about to be getting a bundle of fun that needed a lot of attention and luckily for me I have a very nice and cheap independent pet shop near me! These Trixie catnip balls come in packs of four only as far as I am aware. They are fluffy balls which are soft and multicoloured and the ones we have are the same as the picture provided on the top of this review page and a mixture of yellow, pink, red, white and green colours and very soft to the touch and dainty in size. Each ball contains a substance called catnip known to excite kittens and cats and overall the balls are very nicely soft and we've experienced no problems at all with shredding or anything like that at all thankfully and although she plays with them roughly and often no damage so far is apparent. The balls don't roll very easily as they are not smooth but Myrtle quite simply loves them. They are lightweight and like I keep saying they really are very soft indeed so I can gently throw them at her safely but what is nice about these is that they are so light she can lift one up by herself and keep herself entertained withing her paws. I'm not sure that the catnip does a lot for her but she likes them and at £1.99 a pack of four and they will last my beautiful little kitten ages and they are something for that price I would buy again! Available in all good pet shops and online....just Google if interested! This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
My cat loves catnip toys and has loads of them. Some of them are better than other though as the ones that he has fall into two distinct camps the ones he can't get enough of and the ones that he occasionally sniffs and then decides to never look at again. These little pompoms unfortunately fall into the latter category. I have loads of Trixie toys for my cat as they are normally very good and usually really well made especially as the majority of them were really inexpensive to buy. The pompoms cost in the of £2.00 for a set of four little balls. They are covered in a plush fabric and contain catnip in the middle of them. I actually bought them because I thought he would like them due to the fabric as he has a few other plush toys which he likes to bite and chew. I bought the pompoms online ages ago and when they arrived I was surprised to see just how small they actually were. They are also extremely light and don't feel very solid or weighty. They are nice and bright though being multi-coloured and I do think they would probably be best suited for kittens as when my cat paws them or tries to throw them with his mouth they don't move very far due to them being so light. When he first got the pompoms he did make a few half-hearted attempts to play with them but he soon gave up and went back to his other toys. I really think this is because they are just too light for a grown cat to get any sort of purchase with them either with their paws or mouth. The amount of catnip inside each of the balls must also be absolutely minimum as normally he loves catnip toys and is obsessed with getting in to them to try and get the catnip out of them. With these ones he has barely given them a sniff and there has never been an excited reaction from him trying to tear the ball open. As I said I do think they would make nice little toys for a kitten but they aren't much use for a fully grown cat to play with. As cats can be so unpredictable you never know your cat may love them and they are cheap enough that it doesn't matter if they never play with them but there are so many other brilliant cat toys on the market which are in the same price range that I personally would try something else before buying these.
When we brought Tinker home, she was a jumpy little kitten, easily frightened by many noises and sudden movements (my daughter Iona is both loud and heavy on her feet!). Having made a trip to the pet shop, we had come back with more toys than we had planned to buy, but hey ho how often do you bring home a little kitten? Amongst her new toys were a pack of Trixie Pom Pom Balls with Catnip. Apparently, so my eldest (who knew more about cats than me) told me, they love catnip! The professionals reckon that in reaction to the smell of catnip, most cats will become livelier, more playful and curious. The Trixie pom pom balls are very colourful and fluffy and Tinker took to them straight away. They were in fact the only cat balls that she would play with. Any balls that bounced, were too big (the pom pom ones measure about 4cm each) or made jingly or squeaky noises would startle her and she would not go anywhere near them. These ones, she loved to play with, she would pick them up in her paws and wrestle them. Not sure whether it is anything to do with the catnip or she just simply loves their texture and the fact that they do not roll about too fast or too far. They have been her favorite toys for weeks now and she still can't get enough of them. The Trixie Pom Pom balls seem well made, no fluff coming off any of them, so good quality. Also they will be harder to lose under furniture as they do not roll like plastic/rubber balls would. Definately a good buy at only £1.99 a pack, and if your pet shop doesn't sell them you can always buy them online.
Attractive colourful plush Trixie pompom balls with catnip. Ball diameter 4 cm (colour may differ from displayed photo on delivery)