As a toy, it is long enough for human safety and functions as a wand, is soft and fluffy for cats, and it is surprisingly hard-wearing (probably because it was one for dance!). Only a few of the fronds have come off after almost a year of HARD wear. And the 'spine' was finally broken just last week. It has worked comfortably (for the humans) and unbearably enticingly (for the felines) on couches, stools, as a jumping gambit from the floor, in tunnels, in boxes, and all over their massive cat tree. This is the toy that will have them racing up the cat tree to play, or any other place we use it. It is also the fail-safe toy for Ava...because she sits and whines at us and refuses to play (while demanding playtime!) until we select the toy she wants!