“ Manufacturer: Willow's / Type: Cat Toy „
Bought this at Pets and Home in Hendon over three years ago. Our cat has used it as a pillow, grabbed it and got his claws into and gone to sleep on it.
Our cat takes it round the house and as it is now starting to fall apart we can see the trail of stuffing round the house. Each day our cat has a mad half hour (or two, or three). Although balls, mices, etc feature in the play time, the kipper regularly feature for play and give it his full attention.
It is difficult to see which side is favourite for our cat, however both the hessian and plush sides are equally durable. The seams are the first to deteriorate, with the tail seam failing under the regular attention of claws first.
Would I buy another on - too right, if only I could find somewhere that stocked it.
Having 3 little fur balls to look after I am quite a regular in our local Pets at Home. I like to buy them little toys regularly to keep them amused and stimulated. One of my girls is virtually a house cat and I like to make sure she has her daily exercise. The latest cat toy I bought them was the Willows Giddy Kipper Catnip Toy. They cost just £2.99 and I bought 2. I never buy them one each as they never all play with their toys together.
The Giddy Kipper is, as you will guess from the name, made in the shape of the fish. Its made from a Hessian type material that has pure catnip inside. Now if you have a cat you will know that catnip has an effect on some cats but not others, it gives them a sort of kitty high. You can grow it in the garden, its sometimes called catmint and your cat may roll in it or chew it and get excited. On the other hand they may totally ignore it. My 2 older cats love the catmint in the garden and all 3 of them like it dried in toys.
The Giddy Kipper is sold in just a polythene bag with a card label on the top. My local Pets at Home store only had 1 colour choice which is a brown/beige colour. The kipper is fairly basic in shape but its obvious that it is a fish.
I bought the kippers home and put them in the cats basket where there toys are kept. Later that day my youngest cat Layla sniffed in the basket and straight away pulled one of the kippers out. She proceeded to roll around with it and generally got very excited. My other 2 cats Daisy and Poppy both discovered the kipper later that day and I was pleased to see that all 3 cats really enjoyed playing with the toy. I have bought catnip toys in the past and have had no reaction at all from them but they really seem to love this one.
Well, 3 weeks down the line and the kippers are still being chewed, kicked and bitten on a daily basis. I know cats are fickle things and what amuses them one day doesn't necessarily have the same fascination the next but my cats really love these. I will have to replace one of them sooner rather than later as its looking very badly chewed but generally they have held up to a daily battering pretty well. I suppose in time the catnip strength will fade but I suspect the kipper will be replaced well before that happens.
I would definitely recommend this little Giddy Kipper toy, its reasonably priced and my girls love it. It keeps them interested and gives them a little exercise. The kipper wont have a very long life but for me they are well worth replacing.
I am a long-term, full time employee of a 10 year old very big, part Maine coon tom cat, who answers to the name of Solo. Solo has been part of the family for over 10 years and is one hundred times more active than our other, younger cats, partly down to his breed but mainly because he is the peter pan of cats.....he never grows up. It is this ever playful spirit that has led us to try and find new and novel ways of keeping him entertained. To give you a quick example of our need for new ideas Solo has figured out where the torch beam comes from, he recognises his own reflection and if anything checks his look, plays fetch and if left alone will deliberately knock ornaments and objects off the sides to give himself something to chase, he is nothing if not a character. It is this character that led me to the toy aisle in my local pet store when the Willow Giddy catnip toy.
As you can see from the above image this is a fish shaped stuffed toy measuring about 30cm in length. The top is a soft almost fluffy feeling material much like a child's soft toy, the underneath a rougher almost Hessian or sack like texture. The whole toy is impregnated with catnip and if you have a cat who is attracted to cat nip you will understand its power. I bought this for about £2.99 which to me was quite reasonable for its size and boy was I impressed.
*~*~*MINE & SOLOS OPINION*~*~*
Solo is very vocal so if he wants something he will holler for it and when I opened the packaging of this and wafted it in his direction he let rip so it was thrown down on the rug and the fun began. Solo immediately pounced, the shape of the toy allows for it to be almost hugged by the cat, Solo choosing to grip it with his front paws while kicking at it madly with his back feet. But it was not his interest and intrigue that had us amazed by this product. What kept everybody watching him was the fact solo didn't seem to get bored with it, he played non stop for 30 minutes before we took it off him to allow him a rest, and when we did get hold of it other than some wet mouth prints it looked pretty much in tact.
Round two began later in the day this was completely on Solos terms after climbing up onto the table to fetch the Willow Giddy and before any of us realised what was going on Solo was rolling round the floor like a wrestler in the ring. I will point out here that our other cats aren't really catnip crazy choosing a more subdued response, I little head rubbing or rolling over the toy (if they got near it but none of them could ignore it), I think even they were a little bemused by Solos actions.
Willow lasted just over 2 months this I believe has nothing to do with the toys itself but more to do with Solo's ability to destroy cat toys quicker than the pet stores can re-stock the shelves and once we noticed solo had ripped willow open we removed it deciding prevention was better than the clean up after solo had ripped it all into tiny pieces and scattered them round the house which we all knew he would do.
Personally I haven't seen Solo play with anything for such long periods of time since he figured out pouncing on my flip flop wearing feet in the garden made me jump, (I will add he doesn't use claws just giant paddy paws slapping my feet.)
I would recommend this for anyone and their feline friend and I believe Solo would too.
Throughout the years with various cats I've owned a huge number of cat toys - some stay the same through time, such as jingle balls and catnip mice, others are new to me when I find them, and some become favourites always to be replaced.
One of these favourites is the Giddy Kipper Catnip Toy, which I refer to as "the fish". It's a large, fairly flat fish shaped toy. On one side is plush grey velvet like material, and on the other is hessian. It is filled with catnip, and measures roughly 30cm by 16cm.
The toy is very durable, although of course as with any cat toy it will eventually fall apart as a result of being attacked by sharp claws and teeth, but I have seen one last two years. Being covered with fabric and hessian, it's perfectly safe for cats to play with, as of course you'd hope!
Generally I talk at length about my cat Snoopy's reaction to toys in review of cat products. However, I've seen several different reactions and ways of playing with the fish so this will be a little more general.
Snoopy is a kicker, He loves to grab toys with his front legs, bite them madly and kick with his back legs. He does this with smaller toys, but it's easier for him (and probably more fun) with the larger toys - the fish is ideal for this, he can get a good hold of it, bite and kick. The catnip makes him go a bit mad before he gets sleepy.
I've seen other cats do that to the fish, I think it is the most common way of playing for them, but I've also seen some more unusual styles of play. One cat I know likes to wash the fish - holding it down on the floor with a paw and licking at the velvety side. I think this must be related to the catnip, as it's not only with this toy. As long as the toy is being enjoyed, that's the main thing! Although it does mean the fish is damp if you pick it up afterwards.
Another cat likes to pad the fish - you know how cats pad? Well, she does it to her toys. This will bring out the scent of the catnip for her (rubbing catnip toys between your hands before giving them to the cat will also bring out the scent). Once she's padded for a bit, she quite often rests her head on the fish for a nap.
I haven't met a cat yet who doesn't like this toy. At only £2.99 from Pets At Home, it's really good value, and keeps your cat occupied for ages! I don't usually leave the fish out all the time, as by putting it away for a while, it's exciting again when you give it back - so the cat won't get bored of it!
The toy pile is more of a mountain between two cats and a dog! They are all spoilt to within an inch of their lives but none of them seem to be complaining but it is not only us that spoils them silly, my Mum comes round and does it too! And one afternoon after she had finished work she came in with one of the Willow's Giddy Kipper Cat Nip toy.
Willow's Giddy Kipper Cat Nip toy comes packaged in a clear plastic bag with the kipper completely visible. There is a cardboard top which tells you the name of the product and the manufacturer.
The Giddy Kipper is a soft toy for cats and is infused with cat nip. It is a pretty basic toy but sometimes the basic ones are actually the most favoured ones. One side of the kipper is soft and almost fuzzy whilst the other side is made of hessian with the word "Willows" and tends to be the side which takes more of a beating. My Mum got our cats the grey one and purchased it from a pet shop for £1.99. The Kipper is also completely flat like....well, like a kipper and it is nice and lightweight making it easy for your cats to pick it up and drag it somewhere to meet a good kicking and biting session.
Rooney seemed to favour this toy more than Pepsi - either that or it was because he completely took over it the minute my Mum threw it across the room and Pepsi just gave a look of "I can't be bothered". Rooney went and still goes absolutely crazy for the kipper. He has chewed it, clawed at it, pounced on it, dropped it from heights and then jumped on it as well as getting it in his front paws and kicking it with his back ones. After he has given it a good telling off, he will proudly bring the kipper back to me or my husband or daughter and drop it at our feet enough to say "Look what I have been doing with my day". I don't know if it is the cat nip in this toy that drives him crazy but it doesn't seem to affect Pepsi in the same manner.
The kipper does look a little bit worse for wear now. Rooney is making fast work of getting through the hessian so I think we will be replacing the Giddy Kipper soon enough.
If one of my cats wasn't completely mental, I don't think the kipper would be looking as poorly as he currently does! Though I have to say I am impressed with the quality of the toy and how long it has lasted. It still has a few more weeks of life in it despite looking as though it has been through 12 rounds with Mike Tyson!
We used to have pair of Willow's Giddy Kipper Catnip Toys, one for each of our cats. Sadly one of the flattened little kippers has gone off to kitty toy heaven after he became incapacitated. But we still have one little rather sorry looking Giddy Kipper kitty toy who is a much loved friend to our cats. He is rather battered but still comes out to play from time to time and gets plenty of cuddles.
These types of soft play toys can be great fun for cats, as they can be played with, without too much human supervision. They don't have much about them that can come off and so are a safe option for many cats for sometime before they deteriorate so much that they can no longer be kept. All they need is a bit of a check every now and then to make sure they are not ripped or damaged in any way.
The Willow's Giddy Kipper Catnip Toy is a very simple product that you can pick up quite cheaply. They often sell for £2.99 and as they are a rather sizable cat toy thats not too bad at all. They come simply packed in a clear plastic hang tag bag, so you can pick the colour of your Kipper Toy to suit. We had a beige toned kipper and a grey toned one which we still have.
One side of the flat faced kipper toy is made from a hessian material with the 'Willows' name on it and this is the side that is most prone to becoming ripped. One of our kippers met his end that way, as the cats had totally clawed and chewed through part of that side, so kipper boy had to go. The other grey toned kipper toy is still alive, but only just and the hessian backing is looking a bit worse for wear, but so far is still hanging on.
Each Willow's Giddy Kipper Catnip Toy is a good size for a cat to get to grips with. They are at least 35cms long and 15/ 16cms across at the widest point. They are also filled with a soft material and then impregnated with catnip. We bought these funny little kipper toys as a cuddle toy for our cats and they are something we have often seen our cats nuzzled up to.
The kippers toys are rather flat and not so heavy that a cat cannot drag them around from one place to another. In fact our cats have enjoyed taking them back to their cardboard box lairs as furry little trophies, so we know that they really like them. This may have something to do with the catnip which our cats seem to really like. However this effect will wear off over time and so will need topping up, which you can do with a light spray of a catnip based product.
One thing to note about the Willow's Giddy Kipper Catnip Toy is that its quite a sizable toy. Its not a small flimsy little thing and so its very suitable as a cat cuddle toy for older less energetic cats. As its catnip impregnated its also very attractive to more active cats who will claw, scratch and bite away to their hearts content. So its a one toy suits all kind of kipper!
Although one of our Willow's Giddy Kipper Catnip Toys did end up having to be disposed of for safety, our cats did have them both for some time before this happened. The kipper toy we still have is something that we often find hidden in our cats cardboard box hidey holes and its a favorite cuddle toy even now. Whilst this looks like a simple cat toy, its one many cats may like and so gets a 5 star rating.