My cat seems to think he is a dog and loves nothing more than running around with toys in his mouth and then dropping them at my feet for me to throw to him. He has got loads of little mice and several small balls that he likes to play with but his nana bought him these Trixie Nub Balls as part of Christmas and he has deemed them worthy of playing with on a few occasions since and this is pretty high praise from him as he is extremely fussy when it comes to which toys he will and won't play with.
In the pack that he received there were four balls and they are different than normal balls in that they are covered with loads of different nubs. The nubs do make the balls look a little bit weird but they come in some nice bright colours and stand out compared to his other more normal toys.
These nubs aren't just for decoration and make the balls more fun for cats when they roll on the floor. Instead of just rolling in a straight line the nubs make the balls roll off in all different directions meaning that they should catch your cats interest as he will not know which way they will go.
They are good at rolling on different floor surfaces and work on carpets as well as wooden floors and one of the things that I like best about them is that I don't have to keep rolling the balls to get them to move as they are light enough that he can roll them around himself. He also find these really easy to put in his mouth to bring them to me to throw thanks to the nubs sticking out.
I really like Trixie toys as they are always really well made and really good value for money. These seem so far to be just as high quality as everything else from Trixie that he has and although he has chewed them several times he hasn't managed to bite any of the nubs off yet though I am sure he will manage this eventually as he is trying his best.
I had a look on the internet to see how much these little balls cost and they are retailing for under £2 for a pack of four balls which I think is a fantastic price and well worth the money.
We have just about every type of cat ball in our house, but one of the more unusual types is the Trixie Nub Toy Ball. I think I bought these from the Pets at Home site when ordering food, and bought these to make up the shortfall in order value to get free delivery.
The nub balls look like misshapen bouncy balls. They are the same kind of rubber material that you would find children's bouncy balls to be made of, but instead of being round balls, they each have rounded "nubs" around them, making them more like oversized and softer versions of those cross things you get in the game I think is called jacks.
I chose the nub balls thinking they would be like bouncy balls for the cats, where I could throw them and they would bounce off in random directions, confusing and entertaining the cats at the same time.
The balls aren't very good though. They don't have a huge amount of bounce to them, and of course due to their shape, they don't roll very well. So we can't easily bounce them for the cats to jump after, and when we try to roll them, they will jitter along the floor for a bit before coming to a stop wedged under a sofa or hidden in a corner. All this while the cat we're trying to play with looks on disdainfully, wondering what its daft humans are up to now. And it doesn't help that in order to get much of a bounce from the balls, you have to throw them to the floor quite hard, which makes a loud noise on the laminate floor and scares the cats.
Add to all this the fact that when you stand on one of the balls, it's quite uncomfortable. Not as sore as some other toys, but still something you'd rather not repeat.
These balls weren't expensive, only around £2 for a pack of four, but they are still a waste of money and time. Our cats are not interested in playing with them, and we're not interested in standing on them.
Trixie toy balls in assorted colours covered with small round nubsThere's no telling which way these balls will roll!