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      27.07.2012 14:38
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      A good value cat toy which remains interesting over time

      Our flat is full of toy mice. Really, they're everywhere - in corners, under the sofas, in the middle of the floor, squirrelled away in various cat beds. Yet it often seems like the cats don't have many to play with - probably because the mice are all hidden away in the aforementioned beds. So I buy more. And more. And more.

      I purchased the Pets at Home Nibble & Gnaw Mice some time ago when I was placing an order online, and needed to spend a couple more pounds to get free delivery. The mice come in a pack of two, they are a reasonable size without being too big or small, around 8cm from nose to tail. The mice have a soft filling with a hessian outer, fake leather ears and tail, and stitched eyes and whiskers.

      When I buy new cat toys, if they are particularly interesting toys I'll play with the cats and try to excite their interest. With mice, which are after all for solitary play, I dangle them in front of the cats and then chuck them across the room. This pretty much always results in a stampede to get to the new toy first, and the Nibble & Gnaw mice were no different. I only threw one mouse at first, in order to hang onto one for when the first one got rammed under a sofa or hidden, and we soon had a winner for the first mouse, while the others slunk off to play with older toys.

      Over time all three cats have played with these mice, and they do seem to be favourites out of the vast selection they have to choose from. The mice are still in good condition, with no holes or bits falling off. The cats seem to enjoy the fact that they can get a good hold of the hessian covering on the mice, and they will happily chew, kick and throw the mice around. The size means that they can hold and kick the mice, which isn't possible with smaller mice.

      For something so cheap, these Nibble & Gnaw mice have proved to be excellent value for money. They've stood the test of time and the cats are still interested in them - I can see one of them on the floor now, just waiting to be pounced on. Definitely recommended.

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        06.10.2010 09:42
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        When I got my kitten I purchased quite a few little toys in the hope it would keep her from clawing at my leather settee and curtains. Did it work? Not at all!! A work colleague advised me to give the Willow's Nibble and Gnaw Mice Catnip Toys a try as they had worked great for his cat so I called into a local Pets At Home store and picked a pack.

        So, what are nibble and gnaw mice? The mice are made from hessian and are 100% filled with catnip which is meant to drive your cat wild. When buying the mice you will get two in a pack for the price of £2.79 which seemed like a decent price to pay.

        When I arrived home with the mice, I immediately took one out of the packet and threw it down for Cleo. She instinctively chased it, pawed it for about five seconds and then left it. I was a little shocked as she usually goes crazy with small toys and chases them around the house but she wasn't interested at all. I tried a few times to get her playing with them but to no avail. I had heard that you need to rub catnip toys to release the catnip, which I tried but she still wasn't keen. I wondered if she was just one of those kittens that catnip didn't work on, but we have had other toys that send her wild.

        The mice are pretty cheap looking, not durable at all and while I understand they are meant to be ragged round by a cat they will not stand up to it at all - even by a tiny kitten! Although the mice weren't played with to any extent, within a couple of days they were ripped and had no ears! Cleo took very little interest in the toys, whether the reason being that the toys made no noise or just that the catnip wasn't strong enough I am not sure.

        My opinion of the nibble and gnaw mice is not a good one, they are very cheap and flimsy and totally not worth the £2.79 I paid for them. I am shocked that a Pets At Home product is so poor as everything else I have had from there has been fantastic. I cannot recommend these at all and I would personally advise you to save your money!

        I give the nibble and gnaw mice one out of five Dooyoo stars.

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          03.10.2010 21:04
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          At under £3 it still isn't value for money

          We bought these to stop our cat tearing up the carpet and curtains, unfortunately I don't think these did a damned thing to stop him and the little mite is still determinedly trying to make the place more to his liking.

          The nibble and gnaw catnip mice toy is supposed to appeal to cats due to the rough hessian material which is good for their teeth and claws as well as the catnip odour.

          Well I think my cat must prefer Ice cream as he is all over that like a rash but when we bring the mouse out, he'll chase it twice and then withdraw to more leisurely pursuits.

          When you purchase the item you have to rub it continuously to stimulate the catnip, this can be rough as we bought one pack of two mice and the first one ripped when I did this, the material isn't too durable as the mice ears are a state and when the cat can be bothered with it, every bite or swipe leaves lasting damage.

          The mice look cheap, they do look a bit like mice, but only a bit, the dynamic of moving them and making the cat chase them is easy and fun, but overall they aren't a great quality, they are easy to rip or tear, which seems entirely not the point of the product and even at £2.79 are not good value because of this.

          Our cat takes occasional interest in the products but is much more interested in newspapers, curtains and his scratching post, these mice are not the answer unless you have a cat with not teeth or claws or one who is friends with mice.

          Packaging - 3/10
          Visually - 3/10
          Value for Money - 3/10
          Quality of product - 3/10

          Overall this item isn't worth the money, it could be so much better and there are better mice on the market, this is a cheap and somewhat useless item.

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            25.09.2010 21:39
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            I can't recommend this cat toy as it is too poorly made to sustain cat attacks

            I bought these toy mice a few weeks ago from our local Pets at Home for £2.79. One of my cats in particular generally likes catnip toys so I thought I would be on to a winner with these unfortunately that wasn't to be the case.

            What are they?
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            These are two toy mice called Nibble and Gnaw. They are made from Hessian; they are stuffed with a soft cotton type material and also contain pure natural catnip. The tail and ears are made from a fake leather type of material. The eyes are stitched through the Hessian with cotton as are the whiskers. Pets at Home recommend that "For your pet's safety, examine the toy from time to time for wear and tear and replace when appropriate." And that "Pets should be supervised when playing with toys."

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            I decide to give each cat a mouse to play with on my return from the shopping trip. I rubbed the mice as advised by the packaging to active the catnip and get it going for them to smell and enjoy. Now one of the cats Sooty just gave it a sniff and walked away and has showed no interested in the mice then or since but she has never really being bothered about catnip toys so I wasn't unduly surprised. Now Sweep our other cat is normally a catnip addict and will rub herself over catnip toys and attack them with total gusto. True to form she started to attack her mouse and pounce and gnaw away at it straight away. This would also involve her lying on her back and trying to rip the mouse apart between all of her claws. After about 5 minutes of this frenzied assault the mouse tail came off and was left to litter the floor. Unfortunately she wouldn't give up her prize mouse for me to examine it to see what was happening to her toy and scooted of to hide with it with her eyes having the wild brilliance that catnip gives her. A little bit later she allowed me to have it as she went off to lie down in her drug induced haze to sleep of the effects of the catnip. The mouse at this point was very much frayed at the seams and some of the padding was coming loose which I think personally represents a choking hazard really. An ear had also come off I was a little worried she had swallowed this but I eventually found it under the bed. Due to how quickly this toy was destroyed and given my cat is an elderly lady rather than a young cat I am uncertain how I can recommend it really.

            I have actually not given her the other mouse to play with as I am concerned that she may choke on the padding or other bits of the mouse as she assaults it. I personally think these toys need to be more substantial if they are to be given to cats and be designed to last more than 10 minutes before they come apart at the seams. I know Pets at Home recommend that you check the toy regularly for damage and supervise the play with these toys but I think lasting only for one play is just not good enough. I think I will be going back to other brands of catnip toys from now on.

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              23.09.2010 12:49
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              My girls have had lots of fun with them and would recomend them.

              We always buy our cats birthday and Christmas presents and last month it was my youngest sat Laylas birthday. We bought her several little bits and one of the things we got her was the Willows Nibble And Gnaw Mice Catnip Toy.

              Its actually two little toy mice filled with a catnip filling Catnip or cat mint is a plant that cats either love or hate. We have some in the garden and one of my cats loves it she rolls in it and chews it. The other 2 just totally ignore it. You find catnip in lots of cat toys.

              The mice are made of a Hessian material and come complete with whiskers, a tail, eyes and ears. They are very cute looking and its obvious that they are mice. One is a brown colour and the other is a cream colour. The filling is described as "100% pure natural catnip".

              We got the mice from Pets at Home and they cost just £2.79. Not very expensive which is good because you never know if your fussy feline will totally ignore them or love them.

              We gave the mice to the cats and all three of them absolutely loved them. Even the 2 who are not interested in the catnip in the garden went crazy with the toy mice. They really did cause a great deal of excitement for the cats and a great deal of amusement for mark and myself watching them.

              We've had the Gnaw and Nibble mice for about a month now and although the tails have gone as have the ears the cats still love them. They do look very chewed and well worn after just a short time and I'm not convinced that they will last too much longer but our three girls have had an awful lot of fun with them and as they weren't overly expensive I will replace them.

              I would definitely recommend these little toys for your cats. All 3 of mine loved them.

              Pets at Home do recommend you examine the mice everyday for wear and tear and if the filling is coming out they should be taken away from the cat.

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              22.09.2010 19:58
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              good cheap fun for cats.

              I usually buy my cat food from the pets at home store near me and I love browsing round the shop and usually come away with one or two things for my cat.
              As the toys there are usually excellent quality and much cheaper than a lot of other places Dashiel has quite a few lying about some more successful than others.
              One of my purchases was the Willow's nibble and gnaw toy mice.

              The nibble and gnaw mice are made by willow's who do quite a few good little toys for cats and I have bought a few of them over the years.
              They cost £2.79 and for this price you get not one but two mice for your cat so ideal for a household that has more than one cat. They are made from good quality hesium that is extremely hard wearing and will withstand a good chew without falling to pieces.

              I wouldn't go so far as to say they are lifelike but you can definitely tell that they are mice unlike some mice toys I have bought that look as much like mice as I do.
              One of the mice is a creamy colour and one is a brown and what makes them different is that they contain pure catnip on the inside.
              Now I had heard stories of how cats are supposed to behave with catnip and I admit I was quite looking forward to seeing how Dashiel would behave but I think he is immune from the effects as he just acts the same as normal. In fact when I first bought the mice he sniffed them and then proceeded to ignore them for weeks.

              All of a sudden one day he brought his mouse to me to throw for him and instead of his usual one he had the brown one in his mouth and this is now his favourite mouse to play with. He loves throwing it around and then catching it and he also chews it a lot. I think it is the texture of the hesium he likes chewing because he also attacks it a lot with his claws.
              For some reason he completely ignores the cream coloured one and no amount of coaxing and me throwing it for him will get him to play with it, all he does is sniff it and then ignore it and I have never once seen him play with it.

              As the brown mouse is his favourite it has come under some quite intense use and it did eventually rip apart and the stuffing came out. I planned on throwing it out at this point but he looked so sad that I removed the stuffing and gave him it back and he still loves playing with it.
              I can't really blame the manufacturers for it ripping as he has had it a long time and he does give it a lot of abuse so it is only natural that it would eventually succumb to it.

              I personally think that these are good little toys for cats and depending on if they like them when you get them home and as we all know cats can be fussy and there is no guaranteeing they will even look at them then I think for only £2.70 these are a great source of fun and entertainment for your cat.

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              17.09.2010 09:47
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              A great set of cat nip mice for your pets to play with - mine love them!

              My cats are highly entertaining creatures, the things they find fascinating are sometimes the simplest little things, as is the case with the Willow's Nibble and Gnaw Mouse catnip toys from Pets at Home.

              I love buying my cats little treats every now and then, and having already bought some cat nip spray which they love, I decided to buy them this pack of two cat nip mice recently. The two cost me £2.79 and as far as I'm aware Pets at Home is the only place you can buy these exact toys, although obviously there are other versions around from different brands.

              The mice are basically mice-shaped hessian cloth toys stuffed with 100% natural cat-nip according to the packaging, and it's this that is meant to drive the cats wild with excitement!

              When I gave them to my cats they quite simply went mental, licking, biting and pawing the mice around, knocking them around and leaping around to get them when I threw the mice for them. They loved these cat nip mice.

              Normally, toys like this don't last very long in our house, but these were an exception. Whereas most catnip toys end up shredded after a few days maximum, these mice have lasted a month so far, and aside from some serious puncture wounds, there's no real damage to them.

              I can really recommend this cat nip mice - they are dearer than other cat nip mice but they have lasted me much longer than I expected.

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              16.09.2010 21:25
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              Pets At Home Willow's Nibble and Gnaw Mice Catnip Cat Toy

              Sometimes it the most simple things in life which can be the most entertaining. That's especially the case with my cat as he sometimes can play for hours with a simple twig. It's just funny to see him running trough the house and jumping up as he tries to ambush the little twig. I have to say he sometimes funnier to watch then the television! It does also means that he can be a little bit annoying though at night when you still hear him running and jumping about. Sometimes I wonder what the neighbours must think!

              I do think my cat deserves something better then just a twig to play around and it's doesn't look very clean either, so I bought the Pets At Home Willow's Nibble and Gnaw Mice Catnip Cat Toy on the internet for only 2,79 pounds. Really cheap and I don't think you really can go wrong with that price. You get two little mice's which looks quiet realistic. They got their little tales, eyes and little ears which makes them look really good and suppose more believable.

              The mice's are made from hessian and filled with 100% pure natural catnip. Catnip is like drugs for cats and they get actually very excited by it so don't be surprised when your cat goes mental with it. My cat went crazy with them the first time he saw them and wouldn't stop playing with them. Running, jumping and often he comes along with a mice for me to throw. I swear sometimes it's just like a dog. But the main thing is that he has fun with it I can tell he's having during the day since I find the mice's always everywhere in the house.

              The mice's are of good quality and have them now for months and they are still in once piece! They do advice the check the mice's here and then to make sure they are not ripped. I don't think you can really go wrong with these mice's and especially since they are only 2,79 pounds! It's a real bargain and especially a nice treat for your cat.

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                16.09.2010 00:52
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                Cats will enjoy these but supervision is required

                After our brush with a pair of rather naughty and fast moving Go Go Hamsters which we bought as possible play friends for our cats, we have stuck with more traditional types of kitty cat fun to entertain them. The fuzzy little hamsters didn't go down too well, but these little Pets At Home Willow's Nibble and Gnaw Mice Catnip toys made a much better impression.

                The pair of little catnip mice toys were not only a hit with the cats, they were a hit with our finances as they cost a considerable amount less than the Go Go Hamsters did. The duo of little mice have been something that both our cats have loved nuzzling and playing with. They were good value for the £2.79 we paid. I would recommend them as a small cat toy to use under supervision amongst a varied selection of other toys. This gives cats plenty of variety and ensures they don't become bored with having the same set of toys all the time.

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                The Nibble and Gnaw Mice are rather cute in a mousey kind of way. They are both made of hessian which gives them a nice textured look and feel thats easy for cats to get their claws and teeth into with supervision. The material can rip over time so needs monitoring. The filling includes 100% natural catnip, which seemed to drive our cats into a haze filled playtime full of catnip lurve!

                They seemed to really be attracted to the catnip in the toy mice and spent lots of time nuzzling against them and playing with them. The oils in the catnip really did seem to entrance our cats and they did end up in a kitty cat like love in where a frisky and playful happiness ended up as a more relaxed affair later on.

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                When we had these two little mouse toys out for a while the effects were very positive, as the cats started off being attracted to the little creatures in a very playful way. After a while the catnip really kicked in and our cats ended up in a slightly off the wall state of kitty ecstasy. This was followed by plenty of purring and rather a lot of drooling and rolling about.

                We didn't leave these little mice out for general play, as we prefer to chop and change the toys so that our cats have lots of things to stimulate them. We have found these little mice to be something the cats liked but the tails on the mice suffered some damage due to our playful kittys claws having a go at them. We also never left the cats alone with these as they could easily be ripped with claws or teeth due to the hessian material used, which over time does happen.

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                To give these little catnip mice a rating I feel they ought to get 3 stars. They have provided our cats with lots of enjoyment for a very small outlay, but do need to be used with a bit of supervision as the materials used can be ripped and nipped by over eager cats.

                This does reduce the life span of the little catnip mice. As the catnip itself has such an effect on our cats that we only let them have these mice for short periods of time, which we found was more than enough. As they are fairly cheap to buy, it won't break the bank to replace the 2 mice if needed.

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                  08.03.2010 17:14
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                  Two little mice which will entertain your cat for hours!

                  ~ My Personal Experience ~

                  If you are like me and love cats and you want to ensure that they live life to max and give them an enjoying life then these little devils do a grand job. Although if you are squeamish, especially when it comes to mice or any type of wiggly rodent then you may want to stop reading.

                  Our cat has a tendency to pounce on anything that moves, so I thought oh lets buy some toy mice and I stumbled across a website called pets at home (http://www.petsathome.com) Here you will find the home of two little mice one cream coloured and one which looks beige look.

                  Be warned that their ears do look very real and they do have creepy looking tails which when pulled along the floor move in a way which makes the mice even more realistic, fantastic for scaring people who hate mice.

                  ~ Product Description ~

                  These little mice are made from hessian are filled with pure catnip and will entertain your cat for hours. You are recommended to check the mice every now and then to ensure any rips or tears do not occur.

                  Weight of product: 40g

                  ~ Quality ~

                  The two mice are of a high quality material, which our cat has not yet managed to pierce (although one of the ears from the white mouse has now disappeared). They feel quite nice to hold, although their whiskers make you feel itchy when you wiggle them along your arm.

                  Overall good quality but your cat would probably be able to destroy them eventually like they do with most toys (paw at them, then pounce and bite).

                  ~ Website ~

                  The website is very easy to use and also to order an item from here is easy and can be done with very little technology know how. The site itself is very professional and has a design you would expect from a successful pet company. You will be able to find items for all different types of pets ranging from Reptiles to Ninky Nonks (only joking!).

                  ~ Price ~

                  You can buy these little blighters for around £2.79 which isn't too bad as you can look in supermarkets and you will be surprised how expensive they are there too and not for a decent quality of material too.

                  ~ Conclusion ~

                  To be fair this is quite a nice set of toys for our cat which it loves to play with for hours on end. The material is nice to feel but your cats paw may get stuck sometimes as there are little holes in the material (maybe on purpose).

                  For the price I would recommend and they are much better than the supermarket alternatives which look like balls of wool which fall to bits in your hands.

                  ~ Ratings ~

                  Quality: 5/5
                  Price: 3/5

                  Overall: 4/5

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                    12.03.2009 21:24
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                    a funny toy!

                    I bought these toys for my cat a while ago, she looked at them sniffed, and walked away. No interest what so ever. I continued to buy her similar toys, but again she showed no interest, the only toy she would actually play with was a screwed up piece of tin foil which we threw at her and she would pat in back. The toys then got storred away in the cupboard to be forgotten about.

                    I then decided to buy a new kitten, she was slightly more hyper than the last, and tended to attack anything that moved. So i decided to get these toys back out of the cupboard. She was immediately fixed on them.

                    She smelled them, looked curiously at them, smelling them some more, before patting it gently with her paw. Again looking curious, she went on to try and bite it, but immediately pulled a funny face. It was very ammusing to watch! She then went on to pat it around the room going mental while we all sat and laughed.

                    So is this a good product? Well I guess it depends on your cat and what they like! All cats are different, but for my new kitten, its the best toy ever!

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                      29.01.2009 18:44
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                      "Willow's Nibble and Gnaw Mice Catnip Toy is the fun way for your cat to play".

                      Catnip is a peculiar thing - it can drive cats wild, making them dash across the room and roll around wildly, yet it doesn't have any noticeable effects on humans. Some cats aren't affected by it either - our previous feline wouldn't take the blindest bit of notice - even if you sprayed it on his tail.

                      The cat I have now is heavily affected by the 'drug' which is contained within many toys designed for our furry friends - one such product is Willow's 'Nibble and Gnaw Mice Catnip Toy', which costs £2.44 for two from Pets at Home.

                      The rodent shaped treats are made from hessian, and contain 100% natural catnip which the manufacturers claim will "provide your cat with hours of frenzied fun". But did the cat like them?

                      I entered the room and chucked one in the cats direction. At first, she approached cautiously and had a sniff around. Suddenly her pupils enlarged and her ears went back - the catnip had taken hold. Picking up the mouse in her mouth, she dashed onto the sofa and started rolling around on top of her new toy - this resulted in one of the ears coming off! (I mean the mouse's ear, not the cat's ear...). Ten minutes later, the novelty had gone - and since that initial play, she hasn't been excited by the mouse since. She will occasionally flick it around the room - but for no more than a couple of seconds at a time.

                      If your cats are affected by catnip, you may want to give Willow's Nibble and Gnaw mice a go - working out at around £1.20 each, they aren't going to break the bank should your cat not like them. Just watch out for the ears coming off if your cats are aggressive players - in fact, the instructions do mention that "For your pet's safety, examine the toy from time to time for wear and tear and replace when appropriate".

                      I would moderately recommend this product, although some cats will like it more that others.

                      Measurements: 5 x 4.5 x 8 cm

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