Rated 1.8 out of 5 by 8
Rated 2 out of 5 by Smokey596 Never Even Got it to Turn On
I found the review titled "Need an aerospace engineer to put together" funny because before coming here I had put on my Facebook, "Apparently some kind of an engineering degree is needed in order to put together a cat toy."
The instructions on the box were not very good, even saying "insert one AAA battery" when there are actually two battery slots and two batteries included. I also didn't understand the instruction to remove the mouse cover held on by a "simple loop and hook" restraint. There wasn't one. It just came off.
You need a tiny screwdriver to get the tiny screw out of the battery cover. After finally getting that off and back on, it didn't work. Reluctantly, I took off (two more tiny screws!) the motor cover and found that two of the three electrical wires were cut/broken.
I thought I would take it back and get another one, but after reading the reviews here I'll just get my money back. It's kind of disappointing to hear that even if you get it going it doesn't work well.
The reason I gave it two stars instead of one is that to be fair I never even got to try it. It *might* have worked well, but judging from the other reviews, probably not.
September 19, 2015
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