Ah, the finicky cat. Why *do* they put up with us?
Perhaps you could call PetCo Customer Care and find out if any
original mice are available at another store, or who the mouse
manufacturer is/was. PetCo's contact information is here:
Do you know anyone who sews? If not, contact a local fabric or quilt
store: I imagine they know someone who could put together a close
match to your old mouse.
Everyone's cat is special, but did you know that cats can't see red?
Note this explanation on the MadSci Network:
"Re: Are cats color blind?"
and another opinion on The Straight Dope:
"Are cats and dogs really color-blind? How do they know?"
Perhaps it's something else about the mouse that attracts your cat.
The PETsMART "Cat Toys" web page
(http://www.petsmart.com/cat/shopping/toys/) has some good suggestions
on what kind of toy to buy, including:
- How do I select the right toy for my cat?
- Should I consider an interactive toy?
- Should I consider catnip?
While I didn't find your exact mouse, some online suppliers have other
mice that may come reasonably close in one way or another:
PETsMART "Kitty Classics"
- Rosie Rat Cat Toy, furry body with leather face and tail
- Tie-Dye Cat Toys, includes a plush, fuzzy mouse
- Spring Cat Toy Value Packs, includes a soft, plush mouse
- Item 2745, Small Sheepskin Mouse with bell, red tails & ears
- Item 3711, Small Fur Mouse, color may vary
- Item 1088, Large Fur Mouse with rattle
- Catnip Filled Braided Mouse, assorted colors
- Small leather "Mousettes", possibly in red
This company is a wholesaler who can probably refer you to one of
their retail dealers:
Omaha Vaccine Company
- Item 57000, Small Catnip Filled Braided Mouse, some red
- Item 59900, Assorted Furry Mice, small
- Item 88800B, 2" Long Hair Mouse w/feather & rattle
I know you'll come up with something that your cat will enjoy.
Clarification of Answer by
09 Jun 2002 10:06 PDT
Thanks for your clarification.
Once upon a time, I "owned" two feline sisters named Jasmine and
Haley. They had been rescued from a local dumpster when they were
kittens. Some people, I swear!
If you don't mind telling us, what is your cat's name?
I understand how important a favorite toy is: once a cat finds
something they like, they can be pretty picky about any changes.
It might help us to find a replacement if we can identify your mouse a
little more closely. You mentioned that you bought the original
mouse/mice from PetCo in a package of three.
Did you happen to save any of the bags that the mice came in? Or maybe
your last PetCo sales receipt?
Do you still have any of the original mice, even the dyed ones? Is
there a manufacturer's label anywhere on one them?
As seedy-ga stated in his comment, this type of product information
would let us contact PetCo Customer Service and find out if the mice
are still available in another PetCo store.
We can keep trying to help you find a source, but we need a little
more hard information to work with.