UNTIL I tied one onto 'Da Bird', and off Ava went!! Now, even when not attached to 'Da Bird', the mice have 'hit toy status'. Ava runs around with them in her mouth, plays with them by herself, and even plays FETCH! I also found her trying to eat one, right next to her food bowl. I picked Ava up and placed her next to her actual food, but no, she returned to the mouse. And then put her mouse in her food bowl (twice!) When she catches the mouse during our 'Da Bird' play, she stalks off with her prey, pulling the rod out of my hands. Then she sits over her mouse, as in the above picture, and growls! These sorts of mice are easily found in pet stores for a few dollars.