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Cat DVD and a question

Does anyone use Cat DVD (or any similar products)? I've seen some websites and ads for special DVDs for catswith videos of birds and squirrels and mice and stuff, and I was wondering if anyone has any experience with these. Are they good? Do your cats like them? I have an indoor kitty, and I am constantly looking for fun new ways to keep him entertained while I am at class.

Also... what is this "da bird" I keep hearing about?
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I haven't tried any DVD's, but here's Da Bird. I think I got mine from Amazon. Be sure to get the rod in one piece, I've heard that the one with two pieces that snap together doesn't last very long.

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DaBird is DaBomb

as for cat videos... I've tried Video Catnip and Cat Sitter.
they are basically of fish, mice and birds roaming around.
my cats were completely disinterested. they do respond
like crazy to the sound of other cat's meowing.

my cats LOVE watching my two 30 gallon fish tanks,
and looking out the window, so I'm guessing they can
tell a TV is not truly 3d and real, so they ignore it.
I've watched hundreds of hours of TV in front of them,
and they never react to any sight or sound on my tube.

so you definitely want to include some sort of shelf
like surface your cats can look out the window from.

give your cats plenty of hiding places. even something
as simple as pulling your coach a foot away from the
wall, gives your cats more space to run and hide. just
make sure any hidey hole is accessible for cleaning in
case your cat vomits or has any other accidents there.

there is DaBird like toy called Cat Dancer that you
can jam into a bookshelf, keeping the lure a few feet
off the ground, and your cats might jump and bat it
if you straighten out the metal wire enough.



if you are interested in toys to keep your cats busy
while you are not at home, I'm a big fan of this ring;



I also made this DIY toy that my cats are wild about;



Like you, I continue to look for toys to keep my cats
constructively engaged especially when I'm not around.

fortunately, you already have the most entertaining
activity of all for your cat - your other cats
I pat myself on the back daily for rescuing 2 cats
instead of just the one as I had originally intended.
They seem so much happier to have each other.
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Re: Cat DVD and a question

Petspy- Nito's brothers live in a different city. He only gets to see them once a month.

I am interested in Pet DVD because Nito loves to sit with me and watch videos of youtube. He has some favorites- mostly birds on feeders. He goes crazy, and paws at the screen. so I figured he'd probably love Pet DVD

Nito also watched my fish tank! And he loved to follow Stormy the hamster around in his ball.

I've actually ordered Cat Dancer and it is coming in the mail! I've been thinking about getting Da Bird, because everyone here seems to rave about it.

How did you make that DIY toy? It looks fun!
Nito doesn't have access to a window when I am away. My roommates don't trust him not to claw the leather furniture (sometimes he pulls off a SoftPaw or two and can do damage) so he has to stay in my room for up to 3 hours when I am gone at class. He has a cat tree, and I frequently do scavenger hunts and hide his favorite treats in all kinds of wacky places. He rarely misses a treat, so I know he at least is a little active when I am gone!

Unfortunately, he has no interest in the ring.
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I bought one of those DVDs on impulse, but honestly haven't even opened the package yet. In my situation it's not practical to use it and I should have thought of that. But that had it playing in the pet store in front of the cage where one of the local rescues places cats up for adoption, and the clerk said the cats enjoyed watching it.
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How did you make that DIY toy? It looks fun!
with a nail, ping pong ball, fishing line, and a needle.
If you clicked on the DIY toy photo, it should be obvious.
the key is to mount the ball just off the ground, then
against a flat wall/furniture surface to give it bounce.
don't use more than 10lb strength fishing line, to be
sure the cat will break the line if he gets entangled.
Mine breaks every few days, so I simply restring it.

coaster - I found both DVD's on Torrent,
I tested them before wasting my money.
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Oh my gosh, petspy, I didn't realize that was a link. How cute! I am definitely going to be trying this! You don't keep the nail in the ball, right? That could be dangerous I would think. I assume you just use the nail to poke a hole in the ball, and then pound in into the wall to create a place to tie the string.

Nito prefers his toys to be hung with thick hemp string (he likes to chew on the string, and I've found hemp to be quite durable). Now, this might not break if he gets tangled, but with my cheap drywall, I'm sure the nail would pull out of the crumbly wall before Nito has a chance to get injured.
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use a sewing needle to loop the thread through the ping pong ball.
"nail" is analogous - for sheet-rock use a plastic anchor and screw.
if you use 10lb fishing line, it will break, or crack the ball, long before
any properly anchored screw in sheetrock would budge. hemp string
won't allow the loose bouncing ball action my cats enjoy, so I would
save your hemp for other toy projects.
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petspy- hrrrrmmm. Interesting. I'll have to try both.

By the way, your cats are absolutely GORGEOUS! Are the purebred? They sort of look like they may be Russin Blue, or some other sort of classically gray purebred.
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Thanx, but they are just young active gray Korat cats
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I was fortunate enough to rescue from a retiring breeder.
Korats are related to Siamese cats; being small and sleek.
Russian's are larger, stockier, longer hair, amber eyes.

Which of the cats in your signature
do you actually care for currently?
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