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Old 01-06-2013, 02:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, my cats love the dingle balls, and the scratching post (and hopefully on Monday our cat tree will be delivered!!), but I am looking for good interactive toy ideas. They love cat charmers (Dollar Tree honestly has the best ones! they last forever- but they don't always have them in stock) and the laser pointer, but what else is out there that I can use to play with them?
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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well, everyone else is going to tell you da bird so i'll do it first. get the basic one, then if she likes it you can buy all the extra attachments. or it might be a package deal, i can't remember. if she likes cat charmers, she'll probably like it, because i buy a lot of those too.

cat dancers are like 2.50 and they're a lot of fun.
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Do those hold up pretty well? Kitten plays rough :p
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lol no. well, i mean as well as rolled up cardboard can with a kitten. i went through way more when my cats were kittens, because it really gets them going. part of the trick is to hide the toys when you aren't playing with them. i have one that's 2 1/2 and he still plays pretty rough, so my cat charmers get stretched out really fast. (i trim them, and then as a last resort, tie one of those play mice to the end of it.) or wait, did you mean da bird or the cat dancer?

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My cat is obsessed with the little cheap plastic, fur covered mice, lol. I've tried to tempt him with other toys but he always goes back to the cheap mice. :3 My cats also like when I take the end of a cat teaser and move it around under a blanket. It keeps them entertained for a long time.
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or wait, did you mean da bird or the cat dancer?
Either one :p
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the cat dancer is much cheaper, but like i said, cardboard. it lasts maybe a couple of months with a kitten, sometimes longer. i used to order three at a time.

da bird is considerably more expensive, and even though you can buy replacement "lures" (the original feather one seems to be the most alluring to them) but they do tear it up even when you put it out of sight when not playing. if you don't let them catch it, fine, but you can't really keep interest with something they never catch.

i might hold off on da bird until your kitten's a little older. not super expensive but not overly cheap to keep replacing the lures unless you can find them at the dollar store.
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If you have tile or wood floors I suggest ping pong balls Yuki will smack it around and chase after it when it bounces and skitters around. They usually end up under the fridge. She doesn't play with it for long periods but its fun to watch her leap around after it


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Old 01-06-2013, 07:37 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Oh my goodness... that sounds like a great and inexpensive idea!

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Old 01-06-2013, 09:13 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I really like Neko Flies. They are a bit expensive but very durable so they wind up being cheaper than Da Bird. I've already spent maybe 40$ total on Da Bird and it's attachments which break pretty often. Whereas the Neko Flies were 25$ for a rod and an extra attachment and I'm not even close to needing to use the second attachment anyways. They're also pretty small so might be better for a kitten anyway
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