My kitten loves to play being only ten weeks old and I love buying her little toys of course to keep her entertained and stimulated. I bought this cute little mole in my local independent pet shop as it squeeks and is soft and from a brand of products that I trust to be long lasting but above all safe which is a big concern for me.
In its appearance it is basically a soft and small cuddly toy. The mole is mainly brown with pink inner ears and feet with a well stitiched on black nose and eyes and cotton for whiskers and is furry and super soft to the touch. Its a solid little piece although soft and contains catnip, a herb known to excite cats and kittens and it has rather a large squeek to it when you press it hard enough which always surprises Myrtle as it takes a rought play to get it to make a noise so it doesn't do it all the time lol.
This is a great little toy for Myrtle. She likes me to play with her with it and likes to keep herself amused with it too. It hard wearing even though she is quite rough with it and I paid £3.00 for hers which seems quite pricey for what it is considering other toys you can get for a far less price around and about but it is a lovely little item which is cute and keeps her out of mischief so worth the money to me!
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My cat got this Trixie catnip Mole as part of his Christmas from my mum. He loves to play with toys and is a bit like a dog in that he guards them in his bed and doesn't really like anyone coming near them. The only exception to this is when he brings them to me to throw for him. He only has a few toys that he likes to chase and this is one of them.
The toy is made from a fur material (faux I presume) and is lovely and plush. It doesn't look or feel cheap even though it only costs a few pounds to buy. It is quite detailed for a little cat toy and has a tail, eyes, ears, nose, hands, feet and whiskers. I have to say that I was really impressed with the quality of this toy but then again I think Trixie are a great brand who make really high quality cat toys for not a lot of money.
What makes this little mole a bit different from the usual cat toys is the fact that it has got a little squeak inside it which is really sensitive. My cat loves to play with this toy and I was worried that the squeak might scare him but it doesn't seem to bother him in the slightest. In fact I think it actually encourages him to be a bit more rough with it than he normally would. The funniest thing about him playing with it though is that he always seems to forget that it actually squeeks when he first picks it up and he always drops it in shock before 'attacking' it.
The toy also contains catnip in it. Now my cat can be hit and miss when it comes to catnip. With some catnip he is all over it but with others he doesn't pay it the slightest bit of attention. With this one the catnip must be of a high quality because after a while of playing with it he gets a dazed look and starts rolling on the toy.
My cat absolutely loves this toy and I genuinely believe that it is a fantastic little toy for the money. It is so well made that even after months of playing with it the toy is still more or less in the same condition it was when he got it whereas with some toys they tend to fall apart within minutes of him playing with them.
If you have a playful little moggy at home then get him one of these and if he is anything like mine watch him go mad for it.
As some of you will know I have two young cats, Max and Harry, who need rather alot of entertaining or my wallpaper gets it! I'm often looking for toys for them and on one such occasion I spotted this cute mole. The Trixie Catnip Mole with squeaker looked like just the thing for them, especially Harry because he likes to carry mice toys around the house in his mouth.
The mole (as it shall be known from now on) cost me £3.99 from www.zooplus.co.uk, it can be found under the catnip toys section as opposed to mice toys if anyone's looking! The mole is about mouse size but with hardly any tail, it is covered in lovely soft fur and the front legs are in the position you can see in the picture. The eyes and nose, back feet and tail are little bits of material that won't do any harm if they get pulled off and inside the body is one of those items that make toys squeak. In fact the mole is very very squeaky and if you so much as touch it off it goes!
When this first arrived I couldn't wait to get it off the card and onto the floor. Both Max and Harry were out of sight at the time so I could test out the squeak and its ability to bring them running. When it first hit the floor and started squeaking they did indeed come running and were both very interested in the sound and the scent so it does smell of catnip initially but not for long, it's the sound that keeps up the interest.
Over the next few days the mole was often in use with both of them patting it to make it squeak and running after it when it did. The squeaker inside makes it a bit too firm for Harry to pick up in his mouth but once he discovered he couldn't carry it around he had great fun stuffing it under furniture anyway. If I accidentally tripped over it it would squeak and sometimes I gently kicked it across the room so it would squeak over and over as it rolled which always brought them running! It is almost too cute to hand over to sharp claws though and to kick across the floor!
Although we've had this for a few months now it never fails to interest them if it squeaks and it often goes days with no use then gets moved and makes a noise which sets them off again. It's just big enough not to get completely lost under the sofa so it's always rolling around the floor somewhere and if they get the urge they give it a swipe and make it roll and squeak. Unlike a few toys I've bought over the years that claim to squeak but actually cheep instead this has the best squeaking sound so far.
Overall this has been a hit, it still squeaks despite plenty of play and is the right size for cats to hit and roll around, it's a safe toy because none of the outer bits would do any damage if they came off but if it's looking a bit ragged I wouldn't let cats play with it because I have no idea what the squeaker inside is like. At £3.99 it's probably a bit steep for what it is but the months of play have made it worth the price for us. I'm going to give it 5 stars because it's cute and interesting and if you buy one you're almost guaranteed to get a few nights of squeaking going on while you're trying to sleep!