Petlinks Mystery Motion Concealed-Mouse Cat Toy
My cat is addicted to this toy
I was surprised to see the number of poor reviews on this cat toy. I have a 4 year old cat who fell in love with this toy from the moment I turned it on. This toy keeps her occupied for hours. After she gets tired of pouncing on it, she will just sit there and stare at it like she is mesmerized by it. When I get up in the morning and come home from work, she no longer runs to her food bowl, she runs to this toy and cries for me to turn it on. Sometimes I get tired of hearing it and I will turn it off and she cries until I turn it back on. A timer would be a good idea. A motion detector would be awesome. That way it would turn off after she finally tires of it. Which I haven't seen yet. I have to turn it off and take her to bed at night to get her to stop playing with it. I have not had any mechanical problems with it.
November 10, 2014
I've purchased many of the incarnations of this toy from the early days, including under a different brand name. Each one seemed to be improved in some way. My biggest issue was the want would fall off after just seconds of play. This version has a screw on wand, and it actually stays on for my adult and foster kitten play time. The big test will come when I bring one to the shelter this week and it's attacked by a dozen of cats at once. I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars because there is now only one wand, and it has feathers (previous versions had one feather and one rubber stick) which has to be watched closely so the cats/kittens don't eat the feathers off, and I don't see a way to get a replacement screw on wand, so once they destroy the feathers on this one, I would have to spend another $30 for an entire new one.
November 9, 2014
This toy is just horrible. The motor is too weak. If my 3 month old kitties put the slightest pressure on the stick or feathers, the whole thing stops moving. It doesn't have the strength to tug it out from under their paws, let alone pull against their claws. The "fast" speed is barely moving. My husband saw it and said, "What's slow like? A dead bird?" Truly, it hardly moves at all on slow.
Also, the fabric covering the whole thing is a slick nylon like material, like a ski parka or tent cover. It doesn't bend much, so the cats can't really see the movement of the ball underneath. All they can see is the feathers poking out. And the feathers are attached to the stick with a bendy piece, so sometimes the feathers disappear under the fabric altogether. Perhaps this is supposed to be intriguing to the cats. And it probably would if the whole thing moved fast enough to pique their interest. But it's just too slow and weak. I'm taking it back tomorrow.
August 27, 2014
I have a 3 year old cat and I work long hours so I wanted something that could help to entertain my cat while I am gone. My cat has always liked to pounce on the covers and chase feathers on a string so I thought this would be a great toy for him. It was. The fabric is a think nylon that prevents his claws from getting caught in it and provides just the right amount of movement to pique my cats interest. The feathers stick out just enough to be seen while it is moving around but occasionally they will disappear under the fabric which my cat seems to like. It is a little noisy so I would not leave it on over night (or for any very long period of time). An hour here and there seems to keep my cat's attention and get him moving though and I can tell he likes it. I have seen some negative reviews on this product and I think that it is important to know the type of play that your cat likes. Some like to climb, some like food oriented play, some like to chase, and some like to pounce. This toy probably will not be great for every pet but my cat loves it and I am glad that I got it. Things that I think would improve this toy is a timer or motion sensor to activate it when your cat is near or at set intervals to both save battery and the novelty of the toy (I think if it is on for extended periods of time kitty would get used to it and stop playing with it). Also some suction cups or velcro to hold the toy in place on tile or carpet. My cat has grabbed the feathers and dragged the whole mechanism across the house and I am sure he will eventually break it this way. I taped it down for the time being and it is working fine.
August 11, 2014