Rated 1.7 out of 5 by 7
Rated 1 out of 5 by jsnclhn horrible waste of money.
Does not move sits and spins in circles. When it finally moves hamster flips over and you have to reset it. Turned it on for 2 minutes put it back in the box and took it back. Horrible product
July 25, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by avas Better without the ball.
My >1yr old cat had been going loopy (and destructive) with boredom for a weekend without our puppy to play with and so I went for a toy run hoping to find some cute automatic and self-propelling toy for her to chase down.
I didn't have trouble putting it together (but closing the ball and opening it is far more difficult than it should be) but the mouse flips over almost always within 3 seconds, especially if she bats it. I gave up on the ball quickly because the mouse would just loop in circles and then flop over.
Then I just put the mouse on the floor and let it go straight and both cats were obviously very interested as they followed it around (and it certainly stayed upright for longer), but the point of the toy should be that you can keep it in the ball and not have to deal with it.
I'm just going to take it back and look for a better toy... and check the reviews on my phone this time.
April 6, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by eddyme what a piece of junk!
what a piece of junk! i am surprised Natl. Geographic puts their name on this. the ball is made of a very thin plastic of which it is difficult to assemble due to too much flexibility when assembling. the locking design of the two halves is difficult to align and twist. the channel, which the locking tab fits into, is way too narrow. if the cat bats it wrong, the mouse ends up side down. thus, there is no momentum. bottom line i had 2 teenagers try to assemble. it's easier for them to text then to waste their time on this. > don't waste your money.
March 14, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by ChessieM Good idea, bad setup. 3/5
The idea behind this toy is a good one, but the actual setup is just a flop. The mouse often gets stuck in a single loop in the ball, causing him to just roll around in circles. Sometimes, you get lucky and he redirects himself, but its not often. Also, if it hits something, the mouse is bad for flipping onto its back and has no way of righting itself. Battery installation is a bit annoying, with a teeny screw you must remove on the bottom of the mouse. The ball itself is an annoyance as well. It's hard to fit the two halves together properly, and then hard to open up again when changing batteries. 3/5. Would not recommend. :(
January 26, 2015