Go Cat Cat-Catcher Mouse; new and old
First off the bat I must mention the favourite toy of the past two weeks...go cat replacement mice attached to the DaBird pole. As you can see, our first mouse, in use a year ago, got thoroughly trammelled and has lost his tail and ears. Our new mouse has already lost an ear. Such is the frenzy these mice incite...both Ava and Kato react as if they are the real McCoy. Once caught, the mouse is even dragged off to a lair and munched upon. So, in amidst the crazies inspired by this toy, do keep an eye out for small parts you may need to snatch up for safety's sake. The original toy comes as a short wand toy with the string being thin wire. We don't use this anymore, as the wire made our cats shake or lick their paws, and that was the inspiration to switch the mouse over to the softer Da Bird wand. In our opinion, that modification made for an UBER toy! It has also inspired other add -ons; bread clip ties, rope handles from gift bags, sales tags, hair elastics, cheap things from haberdashery stores like feathers, fur, and sparkly fabric. The possibilities are endless...
After the crazies have worn off, we then change up the play environment to get even more interest and use from our toys. This is what it looked like this morning... A cardboard box, a sheet of cardboard packaging, a carpet rug I purchased for $15 (100% wool for safer toxin load). The carpet - or anything you get that is texturally different - adds value in and of itself and will be investigated, rolled on, jumped and scratched, tunnelled under and through even before you add in a toy! In fact the way you configure various bits and pieces makes an unlimited 'new' toy environment. Which is exactly what we want with active clever cats!
Craters in the egg box hide things!
I'm not exactly sure how this toy came to be. I was busy in the kitchen and it went something along the lines of 'Ow, ow, not my feet', 'Here, chew some cardboard' (tossing the empty egg carton off the bench - I was baking biscuits).
The next thing I knew, Ava was well occupied with all the dents and depressions, holes and flippable bits of the egg carton. And Kato had joined her.
'Here, lets make it even more interesting,' I say, getting out the treat box and popping some tiny treats down into the deep craters on the underside of the box. Magic!
Actually, Kato is motivated by treats, but Ava, being a kitten, just wants to work out how things work and GET things. She got the treats out - Kato ate them, lol! So the next day I put a small bell-rattle into the box.
Eureka! More magic. I can see this will be a very good toy...
When it's a busy morning, I'm up to my armpits in doing full cleans on the litterboxes, and husband man is intent on the serious business of breakfast...little Ava can be thought of as pesky. By the hungry toast making man. When he has to get Ava out of the garbage bag where I'd dumped the litter. And then fish her out of the rubbish bin where Kato's breakfast can sits...for the fourth time.
I came to the rescue and suggested, in my bleachy gloves, that husband man gets out a nano bug. The verdict: 'Gee, you're just like a Mum!' Of course I am! I know Ava is not being naughty - she's just a bright young thing who's bored and making her own mischief. So we gave her something that could more acceptably occupy her.
And all I can say, is yay nanobugs! I pull these out when I have no hands to play with the cats, and both of them find them fascinating. The nanobug is the true hero though, as it always rights itself (even after being swatted upside down), and rarely gets stuck anywhere - unlike the larger crab and ant. These things run into something, then go off in a new direction. They are on a par, fascination-wise, with a live cockroach - which is high praise from a cat!!
I believe I got mine off ebay. Also search ebay for large packets of replacement batteries.
I haven't met such a dud toy before. Maybe because I wouldn't have chosen this toy to begin with - anything that says something along the lines of 'don't stretch, don't bite, don't move' has no business labelling itself as a toy for cats. But this 'Amazing cat toy from Mars' was a freebie. So I dutifully unpacked it, puzzled and plagued with the question of, 'What does it DO??'
The answer? NOTHING. Besides emitting a very annoying high pitched sound, and lighting up.
So, you might as well give your cats Christmas tree lights to play with, which have the bonus of being silent...and we don't do that, do we? Which begs the further question, what were these people THINKING?
The cat verdict was no less scathing. Both Ava and Kato spared it just one glance - a mingled look of disgust and wariness. And walked off.
It's a colossal gong from us.
If you have money to burn and want to try it for yourself, I found it at ebay: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/AMAZING-CAT-TOY-MARS-CATS-CANT-RESIST-/380367230921