Before we purchased our kitten, we tried to entice our older cat Bailey to life by buying him some toys to stimulate his mind, also we hoped he would stop being so boring and actually get up once in a while and do something other than sleep.
Among the toys bought was one of these delightful Cat Dangler Pole Feather Boas. One thing to know about Bailey is he is not a loving cat in any way shape or form; he really doesn't like any kind of affection, unless he initiates it. Even then just because he had decided to sit on your lap, does not mean that you can stroke him oh no no, you must just sit there and look at him. Touch him and he will swipe at you and hiss then run away, while giving you evil looks from across the room.
While looking for a toy to buy, I didn't want to spend a fortune as I was aware this feat of mine was going to end in misery. I paid £1.99 for it and it is immediately obvious that it is not the sturdiest product in the world. The stick is quite bendy and made of plastic, it has attached an elastic 'fishing rope' and attached to the free end of the rope is a bunch of feathers. The feathers on the one I bought were green and yellow. I tried the feathers along the floor in front of Bailey, I tried hiding behind the door and trailing the feathers secretively around the door so they disappeared, I tried dangling the feathers over his head.....the conclusion......I had more exercise with it than the cat did. All I got was him turning round so he didn't have to look at the feathers anymore!!
I had this labelled as a disaster and after an ordinary evening went to bed. I woke the following morning and while walking down the hall to the kitchen happened upon what looked like the downfall of some brightly coloured parrot. There were green and yellow feathers strewn down my hall leading to the kitchen. Once I arrived in the kitchen I found the remains of the Dangler pole, a bald pole and string abandoned half in and half out of the cat flat!! Either Bailey was trying to fish for something outside or another cat may well have used the cat flat, destroyed the toy then left! That is probably more like the true story as I am sure that wrecking the boa would have been far too much like hard work for Bailey.
We have now purchased another cat Alfie and he will play with anything you get for him, I have foolishly bought another one of these for him and he will happily play with it, the feathers do not last long at all but he still continues to play with the stick and elastic, we tie objects to the end like socks and he happily plays with it.
Overall it is a cheap toy, the feathers look nice but do not last when attacked by a ferocious cat, the stick, although bendy has not snapped yet and the elastic has been chewed but still remains intact. There are no doubt better toys out there for cats.
We have 3 cats in our home, 2 are 7year old and one 3 year old, the older 2 are mostly house cats through their own choice, they will wander out for a sit in the garden if the weather is suitable for them but mainly they stay indoors. I like to change their toys regularly so they don't get board but also to try and get my 2 . older girls to exercise a bit. I recently bought them a Cat Dangler Pole Feather Boa, costing just £1.99.
The cat dangler pole feather boa is basically a black plastic stick with elastic attached to the end, on the end of the elastic are a little bunch of feathers, its like a little fishing line really. The elastic and pole are both black and the feathers on ours are a brown/beige colour, I think other colours are available but where I purchased mine from, www.zooplus.co.uk, its just a case of pot luck as to what colour feathers you get. When I got the cat dangler I was surprised at how flimsy the pole was, I knew I wouldn't get a lot for a couple of pounds but the pole really is quite bendy.
The first time I showed Daisy, Poppy and Layla this new toy they went mad for it, all 3 of them, it certainly got the older 2 moving about a bit, I wedged the stick in the banister rails and they spent a happy afternoon patting the pole and periodically leaping up and pulling the feathers down to give them a good chew, however by teatime the feathers were looking a bit sparse and most of them were just chewed little lumps on the carpet. I knew at this point that the dangler wasn't going to last very long and I was right, by morning the feathers had all been chewed and there was nothing but a piece of chewed elastic left dangling.
I was disappointed my girls demolished this so quickly as they all seemed to really love it even Daisy and Poppy who are the older 2. I would buy one again purely for the entertainment value the dangler gave the cats and also us watching them play however I will look around and see if there's anything a bit better and stronger on the market.
I suspect that this toy would be fine for just one cat to play with, it certainly gets them moving and jumping, unfortunately it also got mine chewing. I would recommend the Cat Dangler Pole Feather Boa, it doesn't cost much and my girls definitely loved it for the short time they had it, I just wish it had lasted a bit longer.
My cat is now eleven years old and whilst not as active as she once was, she still has her moments and mad half hours where she will rush around the house or the garden with her ears back and a manic expression on her face!
She has a couple of toys, but to be honest she tends not to bother with them, showing little interest and instead seems to prefer batting a pen off the coffee table or chasing butterflies and moths outside.
So when a work colleague gave me this cat dangler toy for my cat, I wasn't sure whether she would be interested in it or not.
The reason my colleague gave me this toy was because she had recently got a cat, but it got outside whilst she was trying to keep it in and disappeared. A couple of months on and with the cat still missing and probably very unlikely to be found, she decided to give the items away she had bought for her cat as the whole experience had left her too upset to consider getting another pet.
Knowing that I had a cat, she brought a few items in for me and asked me to take them home for my cat and this toy was amongst them.
My friend had bought this cat dangler toy online and stated she paid a couple of pounds for it. Its correct title is a Cat Dangler Pole Feather Boa and a quick look online tells me this is available from online retailers. For example, this particular toy can be purchased from www.zooplus.co.uk priced at £1.99.
This Cat Dangler Pole Feather Boa features a thin rod with a hanging tail of marabou feathers. This toy is designed to help fine tune your cat's instincts and concentration in a playful way as they chase the feathers through the air as you swing it about, or bat and catch the feather if you trail them along the floor.
The feathers are suspended from the rod on a piece of elastic, which I found wore quite easily and I had to cut and tie it again to the rod, but this wasn't really any problem. My biggest surprise was discovering that this was actually a toy my cat was interested in and wanted to play with!
She appears to like chasing it along the floor more than in the air, but this could be down to the fact she is eleven and not a kitten or young cat. She does however, seem to enjoy short spells playing with this toy and the only problem with playing with it on the floor, is that she manages to snare and grab the feathers in her claws, which has led to them shredding maybe more easily then if they were being played with by waving the rod around in the air which would be more difficult for her to grab. I regularly check this toy each day and discard any loose feathers.
Overall, I am happy with this cat dangler toy and it is providing exercise for my cat who has been starting to lead a less active life than she once did. She seems more than happy to play around with it for a few minutes each day. I would think that younger cats and kittens would also absolutely love this toy too.
I have owned this cat dangler for a few weeks now and whilst some of the feathers have been shredded there are still some feathers remaining and a little more life is left in it yet. It is important however to regularly check the toy for damage and replace when you think it is necessary. As already mentioned, I check this toy daily for damage and when it is time to throw this toy away, I will be looking to purchase another one and think they are well worth the £1.99 price tag. They may not be the sturdiest cat toy around but last long enough to justify the price.
It is also possible to purchase a pack of two of these cat dangler toys for just £2.90 which is even better value and this is what I shall be ordering when it is time to replace this toy.
For more information on prices and ordering vist www.zooplus.co.uk
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