Frolicat® by PetSafe® cat teaser toys review by Anita Kelsey
As a feline behaviour consultant I am always on the look out for new cat toys to recommend to clients and what better way to try out various toys than to use my own two beautiful Norwegian Forest Cats Kiki and Zaza.
Predation (a relationship between two species of animal in a community, in which one (the predator) hunts, kills, and eats the other (the prey) is highly instinctive in cats. With this in mind cat toy creators are focusing in on hunting style toys and our cats just can’t et enough of them.
Frolicat® by PetSafe® are masters at hunting style cat toys and the three toys Kiki and Zaza were sent to review were The FroliCat Dart, The FroliCat Pounce and the FroliCat Flik. Very appropriate names if the actions of my cats were anything to go by.
So.. lets take a closer look.
The FroliCat DART
DART is an automatic rotating laser light that provides hours of fun for your feline and canine friends. Place DART on the floor, turn it on, and watch the chase begin! The laser moves in a circle that jumps around and randomly switches directions. It’s perfect for pets who will spin in a circle to catch the laser. 4 speeds and 4 timer settings offer 16 exciting play combinations.
Zaza feedback: Zaza loved the Dart and chased it at high speed around my living room. It meant I could get on with answering important emails whilst she had a ball. I always set these type of toys for 5 mins and the timer settings really helps with this. After 5 minutes I gave another toy to Zaza to catch and ‘kill’ and finished off with a nice meaty treats. Job done!
The POUNCE is an automatic, rotating, hide-and-seek cat toy. Marshal Maus™ electronic mouse zips around the circular path, zooming forward, reversing direction, hiding under obstacles, and occasionally twitching back and forth. The unpredictable (although it became a tad predictable!!) movement stimulates your cat’s natural instinct to hunt, chase, and pounce on prey.
Kiki feedback: This one was Kiki’s favourite and you can see just how much here on You Tube:
Last but not least we had the…
FLIK is an automatic teaser that throws then hides a string to entice your cat to play. Simply turn it on and watch your curious cat stalk FLIK and try to capture the string before it pops back into the toy. Cats can’t resist trying to grab the “tail” flicking back and forth, just like a wild cat stalking hidden prey. No cat has ever had this much fun with an ordinary string before!
Both cats review: Both Kiki and Zaza really loved this toy and were intrigued by the spinning ‘tail’.
Here they are on You Tube demonstrating how much fun a cat can have:
I have a few pointers to share. First is the sound. A nervous cat or kitty may found the sound of a battery operated toy a little scary but I would say most cats would get over this fairly quickly once their natural instincts kick in. The other pointer is the movement. Sometimes it would be nice if the movement stopped altogether. My cats were equally excited when I turned the toy off and the movement stopped. Then they were really curious. Some real life prey would do just that. Stop dead in their tracks and play ‘dead’ or hide and be quite and still. Others would run like hell 😉
The toys provide fun for the cats and some light relief for cat owners who need to get other things done whilst at the same time being nagged by their cat(s0 to play with them! With these toys cat and owner benefit.
All products look easy to clean and seem robust for different sized cats and cat paws!! Great for the big paws of my Norwegian Forest Cats.
Frolicat® by PetSafe® seem dedicated to providing toys that cats will actually play with. They work with an extraordinary collection of pet trainers and pet-loving people devoted to creating pet-friendly solutions. Together, they worked to develop new products that solve problems for pet owners. Before bringing a product to market,Frolicat® by PetSafe®conduct in-home tests with actual pets and their owners. This real-world testing provides the feedback that ensures we have created a toy that will stand up to even the toughest dogs and deliver a safe, rewarding playtime experience.
Kiki, Zaza and myself giveFrolicat® by PetSafe® 5 stars. Highly recommended to bring out the hunter in your cat!
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Anita Kelsey holds a first class honours degree in Feline Behaviour and Psychology (work based BA Hons) and runs a vet referral service dedicated strictly to the diagnosis and treatment of behaviour problems in cats. She is also a qualified cat groomer and specialises in grooming aggressive or phobic cats. Anita writes for Your Cat Magazine and is on their experts panel answering readers questions on cat grooming. She also advises on feline behaviour for the CFBA (Canine and Feline Behaviour) magazine as well as being a full member. Anita is based in Notting Hill, London but consults all over the UK as well as international requests. She lives with her husband, a music producer, and two Norwegian Forest cats, Kiki and Zaza.