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We have four cats that all love plenty of attention and while we love playing with them and giving them cuddles, sometimes they want a fuss at really inconvenient times or they just want to play for longer than us! Our youngest, Moogle, even likes to play fetch, which is very much an activity that requires our input. We decided for the sake of our sanity (or what's left of it) to look for something that would keep their attention without us.
Searching on Amazon I came across the Frolicat Bolt which seemed perfect (or should that be purr-fect) for our needs. The reviews of this were very mixed but I decided to give it a go anyway.
The Frolicat Bolt is a small white, plastic tower with a laser, a mirror and a motor. It takes 4 AA batteries which aren't included. The Frolicat Bolt flicks a little laser dot around the room for the cats to chase. You can alter the angle too, which is important as you don't want the cats scrabbling up the curtains or running across shelves to catch the light! You do a bit of clear floor space, furniture etc. interrupts the beam, but it doesn't need to be a huge amount of space for the kitties to still have fun.
When you press the on button once it comes on, on a timer which lasts around 15 minutes. If you hold the button in you get "manual" mode which basically turns it in to a big laser pointer. You can make the cats go absolutely nuts with manual mode, but neither you or the kitty will want to keep up that pace for long!
The unit is quite noisy when it's in use which I know would drive some people crazy and put some cats off of it. After a few goes I don't even notice it any more and my cats don't do much more than have the odd sniff at it. They are used to electric motors though as they have a water fountain with a pump which makes a similar, although much quieter, sound. I will happily put up with the noise to see the cats happily playing!
My cats have mixed reactions to this; my eldest, Tifa, at 5 years old will have a little play and then wonder off to find somewhere cosy to nap. The other 3, Atari, Lulu and Moogle, at 3,2 and 1, all love this and will happily play for the full 15 minutes then sit by the unit meowing for more! I love sitting and watching them play with this (which kind of defeats it's purpose) as the cats charge around and have so much fun! It's great to know that, as house cats, they are getting extra exercise too.
I was a bit worried when this first arrived that the cats would be forever knocking it over as it's not very heavy but they have only managed it once so far. When it is on they are too busy chasing the laser dot and when it's not on, it's quiet and so doesn't attract their attention.
We paid just over £18.00 for our Bolt on Amazon with free postage and it was worth every penny. The cats don't seem to be losing interest in it and we use it several times a day (it's especially useful when we are eating to keep them distracted from our food). I'm really glad I gave this a go, it's the best money I've spent on the cats so far.
I bought this for our cats last Christmas and it has proved a great hit! It cost £19.99 from Amazon and our cats think it is the best ever toy!
Basically, it is a laser light which moves itself round the room automatically. You just have to stand it on a table top, sit back and watch your cat going bonkers running after the light. It's very funny! You can also switch the light to static if you wish.
Our male cat is the biggest fan (he is completely bonkers and very hyperactive) and it drives him wild, though we usually turn the automatic setting off and move it about ourselves. We can get him running from one end of the house to the other without leaving our chairs! It excercises the cats (particularly our couch-potato female) and keeps them fit.
The only downside of Frolicat is the constant begging from the cats to play with it, but we set it to automatic in that situation and it switches itself off after 15 minutes so you don't really need to do anything else.
The main problem with it is that if you aren't careful where you position it, it can shine right into the cats' eyes, which is pretty dangerous. That is why we usually use it on manual. You should never, ever look into the laser light yourself. They can be pretty dangerous things really and small children should never play with the cats unsupervised if they are using the Frolicat.
Used correctly though, this toy gives hours of pleasure to cats who like to play and wears hyperactive cats out to the point where they just want to curl up and sleep, thus giving their owners some peace and quiet!
Our cats think this is the best toy we have ever bought them!
I saw this product on Firebox.com where I was amused by the videos users had posted of their cat using this Toy. A month later I bought one of these for my cat.
The product is very simple but effective. It is basically made up of a laser which reflects off a motor powered mirror. The mirror can be adjusted vertically so you can control the area in which the laser will shine - Great for preventing your cat from knocking things of your shelves.
- Usage -
There are two modes:
Stationary - The user basically holds the Frolicat and manually moves it around for the cat to chase. (Stationary because the mirror does not move).
Automatic - The motor becomes active and the Frolicat can be placed on a surface and the laser moves across the floor for the cat to chase.
Everytime my cat catches sight of the laser she cannot help but chase it! I particularly like the fact that the laser stays still at times - When this happens she gets ready to pounce on it - Great fun to watch.
- Problems -
1) I would not recommend using this product anywhere with an expensive carpet otherwise your carpet will end up clawed to pieces as the cat runs back and forward!
2) The motor on the product is quite loud. This is not normally a problem but occasionally my cat will look at the device as opposed to the dot on the floor.
All in all brilliant fun for you and your cat! Definitely a work out which has led my cat to end up panting at times!
I think that this is a great idea if you are going away for a weekend and the person that is looking after your cat does not have time to play games! Just get them to turn it on and it will automatically turn off after 15 minutes.
I bought this frolic at off prezzy box, for around £20, as I have used a few laser toys for cats over they years but what's different about this one, is that you don't have to be the one controlling the laser dot. With other cheaper laser toys you have to move the laser around with your hand for the cat to chase it, but with this one, you can switch it on and go off and leave your cat playing with it alone!
I bought this frolic at as my cat is so energetic especially as we wont let her out in this weather, it is a nightmare with her keeping us awake at night, so we thought this frolic at would be great to leave on before bed, as we do with our other laser toy, but we have to actually sit and play with her, with this one we thought we could just leave her to it!
This frolicat is white and looks exactly like in the picture above, it is quite small, and all we do with it, is place it on the end of the bed, switch it on and the laser is reflected onto the surface it is pointed at by a mirror in the top of it. I point it at my bedroom wall, where there is nothing she could break or scratch, it is just plain with nothing near it, so she cant hurt her self. The laser moves up and down quickly and slowly, and also stops in places then moves off again quickly and my cat absolutely loved playing with this at first.
The problem with this frolicat is that is makes a noise! Every time the laser moves, the frolicat makes a noise, so you cant leave this on while your in bed as it is too noisy! My cat was intrigued about where the noise was coming from, and instead of playing with the dot now, she just sits looking at the frolicat, she seems to have worked out that is where the laser dot is coming from. I am sure if it didn't make a noise she would play with it more, because as soon as she sees the dot she jumps up to catch it then is distracted by the noise it makes!
There is a button on the top to move the laser dot yourself, which doesn't actually make a noise, so this works a bit better, but then if I have to do it myself I might as well stick with my £5 one I have already got!
I have gone back to using my laser toy I had before this to tire her out before bed, as she loves chasing the red dot, and has no idea where it is coming from! This product is expensive for what it is, and is a great idea, it's just a shame the noise distracts my cat, or it would have been perfect.
My son and daughter bought this toy for our cats last Christmas. It basically produces a dot of light which randomly jerks and jumps about, a bit like when your watch catches the sunlight and reflects a dot of light across the room.
It is about 8 inches high with a bulbous shape at the top which houses a mirror to reflect the laser and an on off switch at the back. There is an in built timer so that the device switches itself off after about 15 minutes and it is powered by 4 x AA batteries which are not included in the pack.
The mirror inside the top is adjustable and directs the laser. The light dot is reflected across the floor in an irregular pattern and pauses at intervals.
I switched it on and set it down on the floor. Our two cats were immediately mesmerised on spotting the laser dot and adopted the crouched stalking position that they assume when hunting. Fortunately they are not very adept hunters and only manage to catch the odd leaf, although Jimmy did once come home with a barbequed sausage, but that's another story.....
The red light dot zoomed about the room driven by a slightly noisy battery driven motor and the cats attempted to pounce on the dot of light whenever they managed to get within striking distance.
However the noise of the motor was distracting them and they appeared to quickly realise that the "prey" could not be caught.
They lost interest in the red light dot and began to investigate the source of the noise.
Whilst the younger of the two cats totally lost interest altogether and wandered off to find something to eat, the older one, Dave (yes I know, but I disclaim all responsibility for naming either cat) seemed to like the noise and lay down next to it and catnapped (as you do if you're a cat).
I have periodically brought out the toy and they will briefly chase the light dot before becoming bored but neither cat is interested for very long.
You can also use the Frolicat in a manual mode by pressing and holding the on off button for three seconds and I have to say that this was marginally more effective than just leaving it on the floor to do its own thing.
One word of warning be careful to lower the angle of the beam unless you are partial to claw marks up your curtains and furniture!
You may have more success with kittens but certainly my older cats weren't fooled for long.