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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 12-22-2004, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Da Bird -- ditto -- NOT??

got mine today. and excellent shipping from Foster & Smith. it's everything other forum members have said. it's the only toy all three cats go gaga over.

the twirling motion others have wondered about is easily explained. it's the feathers. they are attached at angles on opposite sides. simple explanation of basic aerodynamics. sample principle as a fan or a windmill.

highly recommended.

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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 12-22-2004, 05:07 PM
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So do you think they are going to destroy it in a weeks time?
Pull the feathers apart and so forth?
I should buy one for Mi' Mi'...she is not too concerned with much human contact.
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post #3 of 37 (permalink) Old 12-22-2004, 05:30 PM
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I got da bird about 6 months ago, and Marsh went through at least 5-6 attachments. they get chewed up during play, and then don't 'spin' anymore and don't have that 'stinky' smell as the fresh ones do.

i also recommend the 'fun fur' attachment, it's excellent.

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post #4 of 37 (permalink) Old 12-22-2004, 05:48 PM
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I go through about one attachment per month. I think it's worth it. Thomas definately gets a work out.
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post #5 of 37 (permalink) Old 12-22-2004, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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update -- played with the cats and "Da Bird" some more late afternoon. Actually, this thing is a little scary. I don't know what they're putting on those feathers, but it sure brings out some behaviors I don't know if I really care to see in my cats. When they get ahold of the thing, they just go wild...growling, claws extended, etc. Once when I tried to take it away from Rocket he bit me! I shouted "OW!!" and he let go.

and at this rate, I doubt it'll last more than a few days.

They sure do get a good aerobic workout, though. Such acrobatics!!

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Hmmmm? Interesting.

A new attach,ent once per month is not bad...
but has anyone else noticed aggression in their cats?
That is the last thing Mi' Mi' needs.
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Actually, it's the best form of play therapy. I try to get some of that aggressive reaction myself when playing with Da Bird with Thomas. If he gets the natural aggression out playing, then he's happier and more content and less likely to take the aggression out on Kitty or me.

When you are done playing and they've killed the bird, trade a treat for da bird. I drop a treat and Thomas drops Da Bird. It completes the hunting senario as well and leaves your kitty feeling satisfied.
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Hmmmm...that sounds really interesting.
Maybe I can help Mi' Mi' be a better happier cat.
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yes, my cat gets really agreesive playing with da bird. he catches it in his mouth and tries to walk away with it... it's sooo cute.. oh, here's a few pictures!



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OK, the suggestion about trading a treat is a good one. I'll try that.

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