When it comes to my cats they are very spoilt and I always buy them treats. One of my girls, Daisy, is a bit delicate and can only eat certain treats, some brands tend to upset her tummy, however my youngest cat Layla can and does eat pretty much any brand of treats, however she does have her favourites and she particularly likes Catnip Drops, I usually buy then from my local Pets at Home store, however when I was doing my weekly shop at my local Tesco I noticed that they sold Armitage Good Girl Catnip Drops, I decided to buy Layla a pack to try (Daisy had her regular brand)
Packaging ( different to the picture above)
The Armitage Good Girl Catnip Drops come in a small creamy coloured plastic packet, it has the Armitage Good Girl logo in the top corner with the majority of the packet being taken up with a large white cat, the name of the product "Irresistible Catnip Drops" is written across the picture in green writing with a picture of the catnip drops just below.
The back of the packet contains the name of the product and the brand logo, with the rest of it being taken up with various information about the product including the composition, analytical content, feeding and storage recommendations, all of this is clearly set out and easy to read.
The Catnip Drops
The Armitage Good Girl Catnip Drops look like mini green chocolate buttons in my opinion, the have a slightly rough texture to them and do not really have much of a smell. These are described as being a complementary pet food for cats and ideal as a reward or treat. The treats are said to have a delicious catnip taste, obviously this is not something I can comment on but Layla seems to like them.
This appears on the back of the packaging and includes
* Milk and Milk Derivatives
Obviously these are not the healthiest of things for cats and are not designed as being a substitute for food, they are designed as an occasional treat and should only be given in addition to your cats regular food.
Feeding and Storage Recommendations
The feeding guide on the back is only a suggestion and you should do what suits your cat, however the packaging states that you should give the catnip drops as a treat, reward or as part of training, there should also be a bowl of clean fresh waster available and pets should be supervised when feeding. It is also recommended that the treats are given on a non stainable surface. These treats are not suitable for kittens under 4 months. The catnip drops should be stored in a cool dry place.
Price and Availability
Armitage Catnip Drops are available from pet shops as well as some supermarkets, we purchased ours from Tesco and the 40g bag is sold for just 35p, personally I think this is excellent value for money as you get a lot of the treats per bag meaning they last a long while, although the amount of time each bag lasts depends on how many cats are eating them and also how many of the drops your feed your cat each time.
I have been buying Armitage Good Girl Catnip Drops for several weeks now and have been pleased with them, as has Layla. These treats are excellent value for money and one packet lasts us approximately a week and a half to 2 weeks and at 35p per bag they are a bargain. Although my girls are spoilt and do get quite a lot of treats for no reason they do only have these are a complementary food. As I have mentioned Layla loves these treats and cannot get enough of them, I did give a few to Daisy just so she could try them, however she ate a couple of the drops and walked away she really wasn't impressed with them. Overall I would recommend these catnip drops as an affordable treat for your cats.
I share my home with one (very) elderly feline, who I adore and love - very much. My poor old girl has several health problems to deal with in her old age, one of which is, unfortunately, renal failure. This horrible illness has many unpleasant side effects, one of which is a diminished appetite and reluctance to eat, for some of the time at least. Because of this horrible side-effect, I will often encourage my girl to eat her food, and I do like to keep a good supply of assorted treats and biscuits at home too, for those times when - it seems - she just can't really face an actual 'meal', seemingly content to nibble on a few treats or biscuits instead.
It was whilst I was browsing in a local (independent) pet shop recently, repurchasing some tried-and-tested favourite treats and biscuits for my beloved feline that my eye happened upon a small range of items from the well known "Armitage Good Girl" range, which I had encountered before when purchasing treats and toys for my cats over the years. I made a couple of purchases from the range, with this review outlining my/our experiences of trying the "Good Girl Catnip Drops."
Catnip, for anyone who is unfamiliar with it, is a plant that is very attractive to cats. Occasionally known as "Catmint", the plant contains an ingredient that works in a similar way as a sort of pheromone for felines, meaning that most cats will display signs of being attracted to it when it is offered to them. I say most cats, because it is my understanding that some cats will not react to Catnip or Catmint at all, although I have reason to believe that this is quite rare, and it is certainly my experience that most cats will respond positively to the potent herb, when produced.
Whilst Catnip can be purchased in a sort of 'herb' form, which is probably about as 'natural' a state as you will find the substance, unless of course you want to plant some of the plants themselves, pet supply manufacturers have helpfully added the ingredient to a whole host of feline supplies, to allow the herb - and it's accompanying stimulant - to be enjoyed by our domesticated felines in the comfort of their own homes. Thus, the ingredient is available to purchase in a variety of ways from many pet suppliers; it can be bought in it's herb-like state, found within liquids such as sprays or 'cat bubbles', or it can be found within many cat toys, in addition to being infused within edible treats. The Good Girl Catnip Drops fall into this last category, as they are small, edible cat treats that have been produced containing Catnip.
The Good Girl Drops that I purchased are provided in a small red-coloured bag, with the Armitage Good Girl range having underwent a bit of a 'facelift' in recent times, and the product no longer resembling that shown at the top of the Dooyoo page here. The bag I purchased is a neat, nifty 50g in size, which cost me around 80 pence. This seemed like reasonable value, particularly as the Catnip Drops are designed to be offered in small amounts, with a few being offered at a time being more than ample for one 'serving' as it were. In case it is of relevance to other consumers, a larger, 80g pack (or tub, in some cases) of the Catnip Drops is also available to purchase from some retailers such as Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk), where prices vary, but are generally in the region of £3, plus postage costs. The small pack that I purchased can also be purchased on Amazon, but you can expect to pay around £2 inclusive of postage. Personally, I'd recommend looking in good supermarkets and independent pet shops as it is very likely you will stumble across a nice little selection of Good Girl products, from within the 'Armitage' range, that offer excellent value for money.
The Good Girl Catnip Drops are really quite small, being a bit smaller than a 5p coin. They are small and circular, and are quite flat, with their consistency and texture being quite similar to your average chocolate button; I could 'snap' the drops in half if I wished to do so. The Catnip drops are, of course, flavoured/infused with catnip, so they are (perhaps unsurprisingly) coloured in a sort of 'sage' green shade.
I have recently used the Catnip Drops in place of other 'biscuit-like' treats when giving my cat a reward or treat. More traditional biscuits and hard treats have been banned - for the time being at least - following a rather unpleasant bout of Cystitis that my poor girl had to endure recently; I've been advised to avoid giving her too much dry food or biscuits for a while, so have had to find something else to give my beloved girl instead; I'd be disappointed if I had to stop giving her treats and titbits altogether as she really deserves a lot of TLC now that she is in her twilight years; she didn't have the best start in life, and comes from a background of abuse and neglect.... Who could argue that she deserved a bit of spoiling?
When offering the drops, I tend to just place two or three of them on the floor in front of my girl, although sometimes her interest will be piqued before they have even been removed from their little bag; there has been one or two occasions recently where she has started 'pawing' at the bag impatiently. Once produced in front of her, my girl will have one of two reactions; she will either start to go slightly crazy at the sight/smell of the displayed treats, enthusiastically showing her appreciation, OR she will appear somewhat aloof, and will merely lick half-heartedly at the treats' surface for a moment, before sticking her nose in the air rather haughtily, and retreating to her chosen place of nap-page.
I would say that on the whole, the Catnip Drops are met with enthusiasm and gratitude on my girl's part, which will normally see her 'nose' the treats excitedly, rubbing her nose and side of her head along its surface before quietly gobbling it up in one go. This method is repeated with the following treat, and so on, until no more remain. It is often the case too, that my girl will purr excitedly throughout the time the treats are offered, with their enclosed vapours apparently being the source of much contentment and joy. Why then, are there other times that the treats are all but ignored?
This puzzle is very strange, as far as I am concerned at least, as I have never known my cat to be so "maybe I will, maybe I won't" in her opinions towards biscuits, food, toys or other items that are offered to her, in a bid to make her environment as pleasant as possible; in actual fact, I don't recall a time when I have ever seen her change her mind about something - it is simply a success, or it isn't.
Why it should be the case then, that there are times when the Good Girl Catnip Drops are a bit of a let-down, failing to instil even the smallest of second glances, is anyone's guess. Perhaps this is down to my own cat, and her fluctuating appetite, or maybe it is just the case that the Good Girl Catnip Drops aren't made with enough catnip in their ingredients to be a success every time. By comparison, I have found that other catnip-infused items have proven a popular choice with my cat EVERY time they have been offered, but I feel that said alternatives are stronger, with a more pungent catnip infusion being present.
Whatever the reason, there is no doubt in my mind that my cat will only consume the Good Girl Drops when she feels like it, so I feel that a four star rating in the Dooyoo rating score is appropriate on this occasion, as there are other treats and biscuits that are gobbled up eagerly time after time. To be honest, I would still recommend these drops, and in fact I have already repurchased them for my own cat as they are a success with her most of the time. I'd be happier, of course, if she was excited at their appearance each and every time, but for the small price paid, I am happy to buy them as a 'maybe' item.
A final point worth noting, I think, is that I have never noticed my cat suffering any sort of stomach upset after consuming the Armitage Good Girl Catnip Drops, even though her old tum is extremely delicate and will become upset extremely easily, so I do think that the product is entirely suitable for those felines who are a bit older, or are perhaps convalescing following illness, thanks to their rather gentle approach towards the fragile feline stomach.
Many people who regulary read my reviews will know that I am a very in love and the proud owner of a five month old kitten. I am obsessed by her and I love treating her to allsorts and its very fair to say she costs me an absolute fortune but moan about it..... Not me she's everything to me lol!
For a long time Myrtle Rose was a fussy little thing. I kept buying her treats to no avail and even the bin didn't seem to appreciate them and it used to really upset me. Nowadays though and as she is getting older I found that she loves Whiskers, Dreamies and Felix treats and they're the ones I buy her the most often however from time to time I do buy treats to try her with that usually still fall a bit flat!
These I bought for about 37p for a bag of them in my local Asda store. She is a fan of savoury products and I have tried sweet treats in the past that she didn't appreciate at all but still, I bought these thinking if she hated them at the price I paid it didn't matter too much!
These come in a bright red plastic packet that is rather small and on the front of it we are told they are Good Girl Catnip Drops 'With Real Catnip', that they have a delicious catnip flavour and are ideal as a treat or reward, that they weight 50g and there is a picture shown of the drops and of a cartoon cat then on the back of the pack ingredients, feeding advice and contact details for the manufacturer are given. This is such an annoying bag you have to cut it open and it isn't resealable!
Small and round a a murky green colour these smell to me slightly sweet and mildly of chocolate. There are plenty of them and they feel moist to my touch.
Surprisingly Myrtle loves them! The feeding advice guide on the back of the bag says to feed them freely which I do providing water for her to drink as well. Myrtle would eat a whole pack of these in one go if I let her and actually I gave her a few earlier today and left the room for a minute and she had devoured what I had given her and stole a few out of the bag and all! Cheeky minx!
The only issue I have with these is that they send Myrtle completely yampy, tearing through our home and it takes a while to calm down however she munches them and we like them and I shall continue to buy her a bag of these weekly in my grocery shopping!
Available in all good supermarkets and pet shops.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
These are cat treats that have been flavoured with catnip. Catnip is a herb/weed that contains a hallucinogenic. Some cats react to this and some cats are not interested at all.
These catnip drops come provided in a plastic bag with a heat sealed edge and this is very simple to open. As the packaging is so thin I have found that as soon as I open the bag that it tears down further and further until all the drops end up spilling out so I just ended up transferring them a tuppaware pot to keep them fresh and to stop them from scattering all over the floor.
I am not sure of the exact price of these, as ours was received as part of a 'Good Girl' Christmas Stocking from my neighbour but I believe that these catnip drops (on their own) are just under £1.00 at numerous pet stores and this seems to be a fair enough price to me because the bag is quite large and there are many servings in there.
As I stated above my cat was lucky enough to receive a 'Good Girl' stocking for Christmas 2011 from a friend of ours. There were several different bags of treats within this and these catnip drops were the first ones that we opened and tried her on.
My cat can be quite fussy and in the past year or so we have tried several different bags of cat treats that have been totally ignored and therefore a waste of money. This, fortunately, is not one of those bags and besides Dreamies cat treats this could possibly be the treats that she has loved the most!
These drops are quite small, skim well along my wooden floors and they have a green shade to them. When I throw them for my cat she gets over excited and starts running around and after she has enjoyed a few of them she ends up chasing them instead of eating them and generally gets quite hyperactive.
My cat is quite a quiet cat and is happiest when sitting on my lap or on one of the many beds that she has around our home, however, when these drops come out and she has enjoyed a few she really does seem to come to life! She runs around and really runs down her energy for about 15 minutes before she ends up relaxing and going back to sleep again!
Overall I would say that these catnip drops have the desired effect, at least on my cat. She runs around for a while and appears to be really enjoying herself before she goes back to being lazy again! My cat usually has 5-10 of these at a time, never any more than 10, and she has not tired of them despite having them for around two weeks now.
Our cat Champ likes catnip - I say likes it - she really LOVES it! But she prefers the fresh stuff that you sprinkle on the floor that I buy from the pet shop in little pouches - she loves to roll around it in and get as high as a kite. Because she loves it so much we thought we would treat her to some Good Girl Catnip Drops. These cost us 70p from Pets at Home and came in a little plastic bag with a picture of a cat on the front looking very happy. The bag is plastic and purple in colour and a bit hard to open unless you have a pair of scissors, I find.
They are said to be catnip flavoured but Champ sniffed them for a bit, had the tiniest of nibbles then flounced off looking very unimpressed. A few days later we tried her again but although she ate almost a whole one this time she still didn't seem anywhere near as keen as she does on her other cat treats.
We have tried her again on several occasions (including before she is fed and feeling very hungry) but she just doesn't seem to get along with them. They just look like cream drops with a very slight hint of green to them - having said that Champ does NOT like green bits in her dried cat food so maybe it is the green colour that is putting her off them.
Either way, I think we wasted our 70p on these drops. We left them outside and they did disappear over a few days but we think it was other local cats coming round and eating them and not Champ!
Not recommended personally for our own cat but each cat is different so try them to see for yourself.
Review also on Ciao as sorehead
I have two cats and sometimes keeping them entertained and giving them treats that they enjoy, and are actually interested in is somewhat difficult and expensive. I have tried them with many treats from cat sticks to cat nip. Most recently I tried out some new cat nip, simply to save a bit of money. I picked up these good girl catnip drops while in town recently. Normally anything to do with cat nip sparks the cat's interest but not this product I am sad to say and I don't think I can blame them! When I opened the packet, I was a bit disappointed to see these tiny green/cream coloured drops that looked very plain and boring. Apparently the cats thought the same things as they would not go near them, even the local greedy fat cat turned his nose up at them!
I paid 65 pence for these treats from a local pet store, but I was expecting more for my money than I got. Ok, so I wasn't expecting a treat that was super exciting, but to be honest I was expecting something that my cats even looked the slightest bit interested in. Upon further inspection of the packet, on the front and on the back it does say the drops are "flavoured" with real cat nip. So, based on this it doesn't look like they used enough flavouring, as my cats aren't the pickiest in the world, but they definitely won't make do with something that is basically nothing!
Packaging for this product is plain and easy to spot on the shelf. The packet I have is bright red, and it is easy to open, but, you have to be careful when you open the packet. I have noticed, on one to many occasions that the bag splits all too easily meaning the little drops go all over the place. In hindsight I have learnt my lesson, I would rather pay more for a product that my cats enjoy, or at least show a bit of interest in than cheaper lower end market products that are tasteless, unappealing and mass produced.
All my five cats have shown no interest whatsoever for the catnip drops although they like catnip!
My cats, plus the local strays just love these horrid looking greeny/brown drops.
They come in quite a small bag, and have an interesting smell.
Beware though, if your cats like mine like them, they will hunt them down.
I left somein a little drawer in my kitchen, and they obviously worked as a team to open the drawer and fill the drawer with drops.
I suspect that some cats are more affected by cat nip than other, as I have friends, whose cats are not interested in them.
I try to grow it in the garden, but the pair of them just devast it rapidly.
I tend to buy these as a treat, especially round xmas time, take them out of the bag and wrap them in paper on xmas eve and the cats unwrap them themselves.
Certainly worth a try, if your cat like cat nip this will be a great treat
We thought that the girls would like these. They go nuts for catnip after all, so treats with catnip with them should be a dead winner surely?
They look like nothing so much as small green chocolate buttons, about 7mm across. They smell slightly sweet. I don't think they smell of catnip at all, but hey, what do I know? I'm just a human.
But the cats seemed to feel the same way. We offered them the same way we would the other treats. We waved them under their noses, put them on the floor in front on them, even dropped them in the bowls. All we got was the kitty look of disgust and a turned back.
You can find them in most pet shops; it's around 70p for a 50g bag. You can't reseal the bag, but they don't like them anyway so that hardly seems to matter.
My cat was given some of these for Christmas by a friend. He likes them, but doesn't go wild for them like he does with the meaty cat treats. If he sees the packets of meaty treats, then he goes crazy and has got into the cupboard to get them and rip the packaging open. Despite these being left out in the open, he has not tried to open them. He goes crazy when he smells most catnip things but doesnt seem affected by the smell of these.
They look like small, pale green chocolate buttons. They are also the consistency of chocolate buttons so can melt into your carpet if your cat chooses to sit on them rather than eat them!
The ingredients listed are milk and milk derivatives, oils and fats, various sugars, minerals, cereals, derivatives of a vegetable origin. It doesnt sound too healthy for a cat, especially the sugars but I'm sure that occassionally they won't do any harm.