Post # 1
So my cat is pretty bored by any new toy and all she does is sleep, wake up, walk around a bit and groom herself. She’s about 18 pounds, thoroughly pampered at my house and I really need to get her to exercise… after reading a lot of positive reviews about this toy, I decided to get one, for her “adoptive” birthday (I have no idea what the date was when she was born, as she’s a stray)
I’d like to know if anyone has any first hand experience with this, and if there are any other toy recommendations to get her to run around the house. I’ve had limited success with wand toys, but only when they are brand new. She doesn’t like springs or toy mice, and just about the only toy she still casually swats around is a little plastic ball… I hope she takes to the new toy as it was pretty pricey (to me) despite being on ebay…
It called the Bergan Turbo Track. It came with the replacement scratch pads for a lot cheaper than what Amazon was offering to ship to me, and it was still brand new. I wanted to buy the Starchaser lightup replacement ball to swap with the plain white ones included, but I live outside the U.S. and while the ball costs about $5, the cost of shipping was about $45. So strange. I also found it strange that Cosmic Catnip would not ship one of their Alpine Scratchers to me, even though it’s basically just a piece of corrugated cardboard. I guess I’ll have to apply some DIY skills there! 😉
Post # 3
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I have the turbo scratcher, which is just a disc with the ball on a track and the scratcher stuff in the middle. My cat mostly sits in the middle of it, idly swatting at the ball. It’s not her favorite toy by any means. I read a lot of reviews and it seems like every other cat adores it, so I’m not sure.
Post # 4
Oooh fun! I’ve never purchased that large of a ball and track set before. Every cat I’ve ever had LOVES chasing a little red laser light! My one cat was so overweight, but she would HAUL butt across the house trying to catch that light!
Post # 5
Our cats turn up their noses at all toys except laser pointers and anything on a string. It’s ridiculous – we’ve tried everything. Hopefully your cat is not as picky and will play with that for a long time! If not, they do have laser pointers that you can set to turn on for 15 minutes while you’re gone. I think that’s pretty nifty!
Post # 6
We have something similar for my cats but smaller. They love it. They each play with it alone and together.
I would also pick up a laser pointer if you don’t already have one. My cats go crazy for it.
Post # 7
LOL the laser pointer is where its at!! My cat goes nuts for it! It’s soo cute:)
Post # 8
I have this track & my cats love it. I bought it because my cats also like the round track with the scratcher in the middle. They’re set up next to each other and sometimes my one cat will hit the ball in one track and then run over to the other track and hit that ball. He also likes to play with me with the tracks. I’ll hit the ball one way and then he’ll stop it and hit it back to me.
My cats also like the laser pointer.
Post # 9
I’m just a leeeeeeeeetle bit scared of using the laser pointer near her, especially with all the warnings about not shining it directly into her eyes, and not bouncing it off reflective surfaces and stuff. I’ll try that as an absolute last resort option… keeping my fingers crossed that I can score a good deal on the light up “blinky” balls that are also available for these.
I found a few templates for simple toys like these made out of corrugated cardboard that I can make myself, so I’m giving that a go too!
Post # 10
We have the turbo track scratcher too. The cats love to scratch it and I hear them playing with the balls all the time. Also, we use a laser pointer a lot. We don’t have problems about pointing it at her eyes because she looks down at it to chase it.
Post # 11
anything that makes light will work we play the “cd” game where i use a cd to make a patch of light on the rug. Her goal is to kill the tinkerbell light. Also if you buy a weak laser it wont hurt your cat unless you shine it repeatedly into her eyes. we use ours to make kitty run in circles.
Post # 12
Our cat Midori was extremely picky with toys and wouldnt play with anything and gained weight after we adopted her. I found this toy at walmart that was just a pole with string on the end that had a bell and some feathers at the end and she LOVED it. Its the only toy she plays with and we have had to resort to hiding it in a drawer so she doesnt ruin it when we arent looking. When we bring it out though she is running and jumping playing with it. Its the only time we can get her off the couch haha
Post # 14
Try Q-tips. Seriously. My cat goes NUTS playing with them. She jumps for them, bats them around, and just generally goes crazy playing with them. She meows at me when I use them because she thinks I am sticking her toys in my ear!
I also second the laser toy idea. You can get them in shapes…so you can have a little mouse shaped laser light running along the wall.
Post # 15
Mine like straws. Like, the slurpee red ones. They’re dumb =]
Mine like lasers but I only run them around the carpeted floor; it’s easy to avoid reflections and their eyes. I’ll flick it on and off and watch them go WHERE’D IT GO?!
Also i had a Hide-A-Mouse toy but they tore that guy up and now only want the feathered arms.
Here’s what mine like
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sportpet-Cat-Cat-Play-Cube-1-ct/10532707 (they’re $3.99 at WAlmart stores)
I think they make love to these, it’s pretty ridiculous. They heart feathers
Post # 16
My kitty actually doesn’t like cat toys either! (with the exception of the laser pointer!) She does however LOVE stuffed animals, like legitimate stuffed animals, my FH bought me a teddy bear and SHE is obsessed with it. It’s like the only thing she plays with, she’ll hurl it around and run and attack it, she also likes shoes! Some cats are just picky I guess!!