Contains potent catnip
Prone to getting dirty
We purchased the Munchiecat Catnip Sushi Cat Toy so our writer could put it to the test. Keep reading for our full product review.
A cat is a finicky creature. Ours is happy to chase around a ball of aluminum foil or a cap from a soda, so spending money on cat toys can sometimes feel unnecessary. But when we presented our kitty with the Munchiecat Catnip Sushi Deluxe, she couldn’t stop playing with it. See if the set of cat toys designed to look like pieces of sushi remained as irresistible to our feline as the real thing.
Design: Super cute
We loved the adorable sushi design of these toys. Each piece is a different type or color, and our deluxe version contained both nigiri and maki roll-style sushi.
The sushi pieces are small, around 2 inches each, and made of soft, felt-like fabric. They are filled with stuffing, including a soft plastic layer within the toy that crinkles to further encourage play, and of course, organic catnip. It’s sewn within the sushi pieces themselves, so there’s no need to fill them manually.
The packaging is delightful, too, and made to look like an actual serving of sushi in a bento box—chopsticks and all. We kept the boxes to store the pieces we don’t currently have out for our kitty to play with.
Entertainment Value: As tempting as actual sushi
The way our 4-year-old tiger cat, Mila, followed us around and watched us open up this package, you would’ve thought it was filled with actual sushi. And once we let her play with them? She went wild—clawing, biting, chasing, and picking up the toys and carrying them away. (Even just now, she came up and stole away a piece we had beside us for reference.) Not surprisingly, the catnip is what really enticed our cat to play.
Once we let our cat play with the pieces, she went wild—clawing, biting, chasing, and picking up the toys and carrying them away.
You can either throw the sushi for your cats to chase or leave them to their own devices to wrestle and paw at as they like. Our cat enjoyed doing both. Keep in mind that even if your cat is an anomaly and doesn’t like this toy, there is a 30-day return window in which you can send them back and get a refund, no questions asked.
Safety: Designed with safe use in mind
The sushi pieces are specially designed with non-toxic, pet-safe materials. There are no strings, feathers, or other loose pieces to choke on, so we feel safe leaving them out for our cat to play with as she pleases. The material feels thick enough that it won’t tear and expose the plush insides, but we advise checking for tears periodically, and throwing them out should you find any.
Durability: Made to last (and to lose)
With the eight-piece set, we plan on rotating the pieces out (we don’t need all of those sushi pieces littering our floor, no matter how cute they might be). So in this case, the pack should last a while. The fabric can collect dirt and dust (more on that in the next section), so while the pieces may still be useable, they will eventually look slightly ragged. Fortunately, they don’t feel cheap (and they aren’t cheap, either); the material feels high quality and like it will hold together for a long while.
Because of their small size, there is also the chance to lose them under couches or beds, so be prepared to fish them out if your cat can’t reach them herself.
Ease of Cleaning: Prone to stains
Our cat salivates over catnip, which left the sushi pieces slightly damp. The white fabric portions became dirty quickly—like within the first day. The company hasn’t provided washing instructions, but we think you’re better off just letting them get dirty and throwing them away when they get to be too much. You could also go at them with a damp cloth, but we’re wary of getting them too wet and damaging the stuffing and catnip inside.
The white fabric portions became dirty quickly—like within the first day.
The deluxe set, which comes with eight pieces, costs around $40. (For reference, this breaks down to $5 apiece.) For cat toys, we feel this is expensive, but then again, they are super cute and our cat loves them. If you’re looking for a less costly option, you might consider the smaller pack, which comes with four pieces for just under $20 (which still breaks down to $5 apiece, but the one-time payment isn’t as large).
Munchiecat Sushi Toys Deluxe vs. KAILIN Fish Catnip Toys
Maybe your cat prefers her fish even fresher than sushi. Or maybe you just prefer something cheaper. In that case, you might prefer the KAILIN Fish Catnip Toys, available in designs like salmon, squid, clownfish, and more. Each sells in a pack of three for around $9, which is substantially more affordable than the Munchiecat Sushi Toys Deluxe option. Like the Munchiecat toys, the KAILIN set is made with pet-safe, plush materials, and contains catnip. We think most cats would enjoy either; it just comes down to your personal preference.
Yes, splurge on them!
If you have room in your budget, we think the Munchiecat Catnip Sushi Deluxe cat toys are worth the splurge. We can look past the higher-than-average price when we consider the high-quality materials and adorable design—not to mention their effectiveness at entertaining our cat.
- Product Name Catnip Sushi Deluxe
- Product Brand Munchiecat
- UPC 864893000321
- Price $38.99
- Weight 8 oz.
- Product Dimensions 9 x 6.2 x 4 in.
- Warranty 30 days