Cat Tested Products

Here are some of the results from our freebie testing program:

Happy Pet Kitty Minis Bear with Catnip (W)(HP66023)

This toy is like a tiny teddy, the perfect size for feline paws! With catnip inside, it was bound to prove a hit with my moggie. The fabric used is soft and tactile yet it is not loose, easily pulled apart or ruined, a quality material that is built to last.

Jessie did not really ‘play’ with the toy, she loved to have it in her bed while she slept. She would curl up by it and fall asleep, occasionally waking up to give it a scratch! Another thing which she came to enjoy, is having the toy rubbed along her fur, it would leave catnip scent behind and she was more playful and serene for a while afterwards.

I believe this toy is like a de-stressing session for Jessie, not unlike a person unwinding with a glass of wine or having a relaxing bath!

I would certainly recommend this toy to a friend, especially for older cats who are more placid than kittens. In my mind it could be a nice toy for a cat who is not in the best of health, a nice distraction from pain and stress.

Enjoyment: 9 out of 10

Quality: 10 out of 10

Durability: 9 out of 10

Clockwork Mouse (P)(T4086W)

Just the look of this toy is amusing, with its sweet appearance and ’mad’ looking tail.

It is a lovely soft toy. The various parts (including eyes, ears, tail, wheels etc.) are very well put together and can withstand a lot of battering and bumping. The material used for the toys fur is excellent, it does not come out even if you pull on it quite hard. A very well manufactured toy all round. Suitable for even the most boisterous cat.

When I wind him up and let him run across the floor, Jessie is absolutely fascinated. She would by lying asleep somewhere and then becomes fully alert as the toy scoots about. The toy has a tendency to run about in circles, so it is comical to see Jessie’s head following it. She tries to catch him, but what she really loves is to watch and hunt. A great toy for cats and humans I must say.

The toy has become one of Jessie’s firm favourites, so I would have to recommend it. It is great amusement for any age of cat.

Enjoyment: 8 out of 10

Quality: 10 out of 10

Durability: 9 out of 10

Plush Wriggle Fig Cat Toys (P)(T4089W)

This toy has the cutest little face, with lovely eye pleasing colours. It has a lovely soft velvet/wool like fabric. When you pull the cord, it vibrates and jiggles. Although it is a nice toy with good material, it would not be suitable for boisterous adult cats who like to claw and pull things apart as it is quite soft material. I would have to say it would be the perfect toy for young cats and especially kittens, it is a smaller toy and would be pleasing for tiny paws.

The toy would be most durable in those tiny paws! Kittens are more fond of pouncing on small objects.

When I gave Jessie this toy she looked at it with a look of ‘what in the world?’ She was happy to keep it in her bed but she did not really play with it herself. I would recommend it to friends with kittens, it is a good toy for cats that like to pounce on stationary objects.

Enjoyment: 3 out of 10 (if Jessie were a kitten I would have said 7)

Quality: 7 out of 10

Durability: 6 out of 10

Fur Mouse with Sound on an Elastic (P)(T4081)

This is a slightly funny looking toy, with interesting coloured ears! The mouse makes a noise as it bounces around on the string. It has very soft fur material and felt ears. The string is well elasticised and strong. Although the fur does not seem to be the most durable material, it HAS taken a lot of chewing and scratching from Jessie and it still looks good as new and is all in one piece.

This is without a doubt, Jessie’s favourite toy. She simply loves it when I bounce the mouse around and drag it across the floor for her to chase. She has always been a fan of anything with a string and she does like the string but it is the toy itself that has her full attention. She scratches it, nips it and does a cat version of hugging it too (so cute to see).

This comes with not only mine, but Jessie’s full stamp of approval and if she could talk she probably say that every cat should have their very own dangly mouse.

Enjoyment: 10 out of 10

Quality: 7 out of 10

Durability: 7 out of 10

Plush Animals on Elastic with Catnip (P)(T4511W)

Now this is a cute little toy. With lovely ears for the cats to chew on. The toy is a felt/cotton mix type of fabric, nice and durable for claws. He comes with an elasticised string which has a little bell on it. The eyes are made of pure felt and unfortunately they do come off very easily, however the rest of the toy is well put together and will withstand a lot from even the boisterous cat.

Although I feel this is a nice toy for adult cats, I would have to say it is also great for kittens given its size.

Jessie did play with this toy, she seems attracted to the bell, she would chase it and hunt/pounce as I pulled the toy along the floor. She preferred this game to having it ‘dangled’ for her to bat with her paw.

This is a nice toy for quieter games with your cat and so I would recommend it for any cat of any age. It is really a toy that needs a human on one end however!

Enjoyment: 6 out of 10

Quality: 7 out of 10

Durability: 8 out of 10 (apart from the eyes, but they do no harm when they fall off due to the nature of the material. No one will choke on them).

Wobblies – Classic (P)(C0745W)

This toy has a lovely feel to it, it has a slight texture that would allow claws to ‘catch’ it much better than your average plastic ball which is far too slippery for claws. The ball is approx. 4 inches in diameter, which is a great size for small and large cats alike. It has a slight bounce in it, a bit like a ping pong ball. Which makes playing with it different depending on the surface the cat is playing on.

Jessie really did enjoy chasing and batting this ball around the room, little human interference to ‘get the game going’ is required as she would chase it and hide/pounce herself. She has had plain plastic balls and never really took to them, the velvet/felt fabric really makes all the difference.

This is certainly a toy worth recommending. I would not have thought Jessie would enjoy it as much as she did, as it is just a ball. But apparently it is more than just a ball to her!

Enjoyment: 7 out of 10

Quality: 9 out of 10

Durability: 10 out of 10

Interpet Feather Ball (G)(IP37350)

This is an unusual looking toy, and very pleasing colours. The ball is approx. 3 inches in diameter, it is plastic with coloured feathers. The feathers are stuck into the ball very securely and the ball itself is very sturdy, a human could squash it but a cat would be hard pressed to do that! The feathers are bound to get a little tatty with time, particularly if the cat chews them. However, as feathers go they are strong and soft, so they will withstand a fair amount of chewing. A well manufactured little toy.

This is by far another of Jessie’s favourite toys. She does not chase it or bat it around. What she loves is having the feathers rubbed along her body and over her face (particularly her forehead and ears) she goes into a state of bliss. She likes to chew on the feathers and ‘catch’ them from time to time during these sessions.

This toy may not be the ‘chasing’ toy it was designed for in this case, but it is so pleasing for Jessie that I would recommend it in a second. A fantastic little toy if you are willing to play with your cat and it is a great way to bring extra sunshine and happiness into your cats life.

Enjoyment: 10 out of 10

Quality: 7 out of 10

Durability: 6 out of 10

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