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The one thing many of you are aware of if you've read any of my reviews is that I simply adore my furbaby Myrtle to the bones of her.
Myrtle is now 2 and half years old and is still playful and the one thing that I enjoy, actually more than spending money on myself is buying Myrtle things as she appreciates them so much, I think she has more toys and possessions than most human babies!
This toy track she has for well over a year now and its one that sits in my hallway cos in my bedroom with it clattering at 4am when she fancied playing drove me potty!
This came dismantled in a large box with straightforward instructions, I was initially worried about putting it together cos I'm really not good with that sort of thing but seriously it is ever so simple!
What you get is 6 long pieces of smooth white plastic with raised sides and little spaces to which the top sections which are blue plastic clips into and the white pieces clip together and you can put it into the shape you want to, hence referring to it as a track.
I have my Myrtles in like an S shape but change it to round and so on easily. Once ball goes into this which is fluorescent yellow in colour with grey and you put that in before slotting in the blue sections. I always think this looks like a Luge thing!
The blue sections of the plastic have long sections a kitten/cat can see through in fact the blue sections of this are transparent. The idea with this is you can hit the ball and make it move, or of course your kitten/cat can and it goes side to side.
This is highly durable and although Myrtle has had hers a long time its still in as good as new condition. It is very sturdy and stands up to Myrtles gusto and holds her attention well, enjoying playing with it alone as well as me.
Its easy to take apart and store and so on the only issue I have with it is how grotty it gets and that is so hard to clean with cat hair in it and stuff so once a week I take the whole thing apart and give it a good rinse!
I do recommend this though it does take up a little space and is hard to keep clean and fresh looking but Myrtle likes it so that's that.
I bought this for under tens pounds on Amazon however this is now retailing in there for £11.89, new which is still an excellent price though is available from other stockists....just Google!
This toy is basically a snake shapes plastic tube with a ball which rolls around. The toy is quite flexible and so you can change the shape - you can either have it as a snake shape or as a circle. The toy is very easy to put together and is very straight-forward. Putting it together takes less than a minute. Changing means that it keeps things interesting for your cat as she then has to work out which way the ball is going to roll.
One thing about this toy is that it's something that you have to play with too. I mean once the cat understands the idea that they have to 'chase' the ball when it moves - they can move the ball themselves by putting their paws through the little holes - although it's only when a human intervenes that the ball 'really starts moving about'. What I mean is that, my cats are not interested unless I play the game too which is a shame as it means that it is not something you can leave for your cat to occupy themselves with as its just not 'busy' enough when they play with it themselves.
To begin with my cats are really interested in this game and enjoy playing with it and chasing the ball. Although after a few minutes they 'switch off' and become uninterested which is a shame. What I do is make sure I keep the toy away and only bring it out now and again as they seem to love it when they haven't played with it for a while, whereas if I just leave it hanging around, they aren't interested.
The toy is well built and looks and feels sturdy and strong. It is made from strong plastic and is very durable. The toy hasn't had much use in the couple of years we've had it, although there are a couple of scratches on it - but considering the amount of times it has been stood on or kicked by accident when its left lying around - it's in pretty good condition and is something that will last for years.
All in all, a nice little toy which would make a nice Christmas gift for your cat.
Thanks for reading!
We have about four of these now in various places in the house and they are used to a varying degree depending on mood, laziness etc.
This is essentially a plastic track with a ball inside which cats chase up and down so provides exercise and fun. It comes in four parts which are easily (ish) slotted together. You can either have it in the snake configuration shown in the picture on put it together to make a donut shape. You can also if you have more than one set make a bigger figure of eight circuit. We have got a variety of shapes.
The figure of eight if you have two sets is good for bigger cats (like our maine coons) and if you have more than one cat as we find they will play together and chase it round. However it is not great for small kittens as they tend to not have enough power to shoot the ball right round so it comes back to them and so they get bored quickly.
The circle is good for kittens as they can easily bat the ball round and they like using it as a place to curl up and sleep in.
The snake version is good for them to play with another cat and bat to each other. It is not so good for the less than smart cats who stick their paw in and trap the ball at the end and then can't figure out why its not going anywhere!
The track also seems to be good for the cats to try and pick up in their quest to try and figure how to remove the ball and so end up turning the track upside down! They also get a bit frustrated if they get a bit of kibble (don't ask!) in the track which stops the ball free rolling.
A new addition has recently been that you can buy seperately light up balls which has bought a new degree of facination to the proceedings. There is also a race track version with bumps but we haven't tried that yet.
Advantages are that it is relatively cheap about £8 on Amazon and is entertaining for hours if you have a playful cat or a kitten
Disadvantages are if your cat is not an active breed don't bother!
Before I even got my kitten I knew he had to have this! It looks like a fun game and something that will keep him occupied as he is an indoor cat most of the time, apart from when we take a trip over to Grandma's to go in the garden (like he is this morning)!
This was the first item in the Catit range that I came across whilst looking for fun and interactive games for my kitten, however it wasn't the first he owned as he ended up with a massage centre first!
There are actually two versions of this play circuit now. There is the original play circuit which is shown in the picture above and there is also the speed circuit. Both are similar with the only differences being that the speed circuit has a ball which lights up and the track is actually designed so it has a gradient meaning the ball can go up and down 'hills'.
Currently the original version is selling on Amazon for just £7.99 whilst the speed circuit is £12.74. However, I bought it for £9.99 about a month ago and I'm sure that was from Amazon so it is definitely worth shopping around.
The circuit comes in a cardboard box and inside there are four track pieces which are all 24cm's long. There are also two end caps. To put the track together is really simple, you just line up the plastic pins, push down and they click into place attaching themselves to one another. You can make the track in any design you like. Initially we had a long wave, then we had a circle with an extra bit on the end which looked a bit like a snail and now we have a wave with a semicircle at one end. It is really simple to chop and change these as you simply pull back a catch and then the track pieces separate easily. The track can be used with all of the current catit senses range and the massage centre and garden etc will all fit into the curves of the track if you wish.
Luckily putting together the track was done in literally a minute or so because my kitten was already very keen to help and play! The track is white with a translucent blue sort of roof. There are peek holes which allow him to see the ball and bat it with his paw.
I knew as soon as I had put it together I was onto a winner! The kitten loves it and he spends ages chasing the ball up and down the track and batting it with his paw. The rollercoaster element where the ball rolls easily up and down the track is really good because it means that even with just a small tap you get a lot of movement which in turn means a lot of flashing light therefore holding your cats attention. I wouldn't necessarily call it a speed circuit as its not reaching amazing speeds but this of course depends on how hard you hit the ball.
The ball flashes red which I think is a great addition to this toy as it keeps my kittens attention and gives him a visual focus. This is also really useful for me when I'm trying to get out of the front door and he's determined to come with me! It's not a very noisy toy which is good because he often decides that 5:00am is the perfect time to be playing with it. It does have a noise where the ball rolls but it's not too loud and the ball is just solid unlike some of his other toys which rattle etc.
I would say this was one of his bigger toys, though he does have quite a few big toys. The whole flat looks like a cat hotel! However, if not in use you can very easily take this apart and put it away within a couple of minutes. My kitten often likes to bring his out with him when we go out for the day as it is one of his favourites and he does like to play with it. Another thing I've noticed he likes to do before it gets put back together is play with the ball on its own! The ball is motion sensored so it does work without the track which is great until it goes under a cabinet! However, replacement balls are available and I am thinking about getting some of these for him just to have to play with as he does seem to like them.
We've had this around a month now, maybe a little longer. It still looks brand new despite it being played with daily and regularly. It is also a toy that he ends up being a little rough with as he jumps over it and runs up and down trying to get the ball. He also likes it if we play with him with him sat at one end and us at the other hitting it back and forth.
It's also worth noting that the cats we have at my parents house who are both 15 next month are also quite interested in this. They don't really play with it but Tigger has shoved a paw in a few times and Thomas likes to sit and observe, watching the ball.
I cannot fault this toy. It keeps my kittens attention well and he really enjoys playing with it. We've had it about a month and he is still very interested in it and plays with it every day. I have only experienced the speed circuit but I do think it is worth paying an extra few pounds for because the light up ball and the track with slopes really helps to enhance his experience in my opinion. I am keen to get another one of these so we can make him a bigger track and I wouldn't hesitate paying the asking price again as it gets a lot of use, he enjoys it, it keeps him active and energetic and it also gives us a chance to play something with him which he really likes.
Cats, it would seem, are the attention deficit sugared-up toddlers of the animal world. When Neelix, my dog, gets a favourite toy he will treasure it forever or until the moment when he destroys it by chewing it to bits, whichever comes first. When that sad day comes he will mourn and mope until a new (and preferably identical) toy is proffered. Until recently, his best thing was Duckie, a soft toy that quacked when it was squeezed. Duckie's demise came when Neelix ripped his wings off and pulled out his quacker. Since then he has transferred his affections to an oversized squeaky tennis ball, since Pets At Home seem to have stopped manufacturing duckies. The cats, on the other hand, well, there's no loyalty from any of them. My house is absolutely strewn with toys that I have thoughtfully bought for the kitties only to have them look at them, bat them around frantically for half an hour and then forget about altogether meaning they collect in the corners of the house and under furniture in the manner of colourful and jangly mouse-shaped tumbleweeds. To be honest, even I don't really know why I waste so much time and money, because the top 3 things they like to play with are:
· Scrunched up balls of paper
· Empty cardboard boxes
· The tail of the nearest sleeping animal.
Oh, and not to forget the joys that are to be had from unrolling every toilet roll in the house and then quietly, but determinedly, shredding them. They can devote *hours* to that. Anyway, despite knowing their attention span is comically short, a peculiar kind of madness comes over me any time I enter a pet shop and it's rare that I don't leave with some kind of toy that I'm convinced will finally be a) the thing that keeps them amused for days on end and b) what stops them from wrecking all my stuff. Such a purchase was the Catit Senses Maze and, while it's fair to say that they still wreck exactly as much of my stuff as they ever did, they do seem to quite like this.
~*~What is it?~*~
Essentially, it's a ball run for cats. When you get all the bits clipped together you end up with a long tunnel that can be made into circles or other shapes and through which a medium-weighted, smooth ball will trundle back and forth. The top section of the tunnel has cut-away parts so the cats can get their paws in to shove the ball around, but the ball is too big to come out of these gaps so it can't roll away or get lost. You can either have the maze set up as a continuous loop, or you can opt for a squiggly shape, in which case there are slightly sloped end pieces which can be attached to make sure the ball doesn't roll out.
~*~Is it easy to put together?~*~
It's an absolute doddle. The top pieces slot in and then lock into place so there's no danger of the cats wrenching them off. Each section has joints that fit together securely and won't come loose even if you walk into it in bare feet at 4am in the morning and then kick the bejesus out of it because it hurt your tootsies.
~*~Do the cats like it?~*~
At the moment, Dudley the kitten absolutely LOVES it. The other two are less fussed but they still play with it a few times a day, particularly if it looks like Duds might be having some fun that they're not party to. Dudley's favoured mode of attack is to nonchalantly walk past it and then fling himself bodily at it, paws extended, so that when he wallops it the ball it gets maximum speed. He'll then happily bat at the ball as it skitters back and forth. As it rolls around it makes a fair bit of noise which piques the cats' interest even further. Because of this (and the potential for hurty feet) this is not generally a toy I leave out overnight as all of mine have the habit of waking at 4am and deciding that's absolutely the best time to play with all their noisy toys.
~*~Is it durable?~*~
I imagine the transparent top pieces would eventually get scratched, but I've had one of mine for just over a year and it still looks grand. Periodically I give it a wipe down with cat-safe disinfectant and that's really all it takes to keep it hygienic and looking good.
Mine is played with a lot; the two littlies are average cat-sized but Dudley is a Maine Coon and at 6 months old already weighs over 5kg. Despite him sitting on it, launching himself at it and generally playing very hard, the maze looks as good as new.
Depending on how bossed-around you are by your cats, there's a few toys you can get to go along with this, or you can opt to buy another set and make a mega-big maze. This is what I've done, so my maze has 3 balls inside it (one of which lights up and flashed red, which the kitties are absolutely beguiled by) and loads of loops. The downside is that this means it takes up more floor space although there's nothing to stop you looping it around the legs of furniture and the like. Apart from that there are also feeders, massage centres and various other add-on bits that you can buy if you want to.
When I bought my first one, it was around £12 at Pets At Home. Since then, I've bought the other two mazes and a couple of feeders from Amazon and eBay where prices tend to be much cheaper. If you buy from eBay, though, I would heartily recommend soaking the toys in a bleach solution, rinsing thoroughly and allowing to dry before you let your cats near them. It's unlikely the seller will have bothered to disinfect them and you don't want to run the risk of bringing kitty illness into your home.
With my cat being a house cat I am always looking for new and interesting ways to entertain and stimulate him. He has a pile of toys which I have bought him some more successful than other in gaining his attention. His newest toy is the Catit senses play circuit manufactured by Hagen who also manufactures other products for cats.
I actually came across the senses play circuit when I read a few positive reviews on various sites and the majority of owners had nothing but positive things to say about it.
I had a search online and ended up buying it from amazon as they had it for £8.99 from a third party seller. This seemed like an excellent price as my local pet shop was selling it for £14.99 so I ordered it and received it within a couple of days.
The senses play circuit came in four parts and resembles a child's toy and connects in the same way a train set or a skelectrix would. The four parts when all connected together form a circuit which you put a ball (which comes included) in and your cat will then hopefully spend many a happy hour trying to get the ball out.
The ball is supposed to be scientifically designed to appeal to cats with its swirly green and grey pattern and the whole design of the play circuit incorporates sight, sound and touch which are the three main senses a cat uses when hunting prey.
The circuit is fully enclosed with a plastic roof that has strategically placed hole around it so that the cat can get his paw in and move the ball along whilst trying to get it out. The ball is weighted and slides along the circuit really smoothly and quite quickly so when it gets a little hit from a paw it will go sliding along the circuit and the cat should hopefully chase it and continue to try and remove it from the circuit.
Because both ends of the play circuit are slightly elevated the ball will continue to roll along the circuit and your cat will need to put his paw in the holes to stop it.
One of the things that I liked about this toy when researching it was that it is designed in such a way that you can actually add on to it and make it larger. Adding another circuit to it will change its shape into a figure eight racing circuit which will make it not only larger but will allow the ball a smooth longer run which should entice your cat more.
You can also buy several extras for it and turn the circuit into a complete car activity centre. The extra parts include grass gardens and massage pads. The nice thing about these is that you can also use them separately from the play circuit if you wish.
For the price I paid for the play circuit I have to say that I was really impressed with just how good the quality of it is. It might be made of plastic but it is really solid and when it is all joined together it feels really secure and sturdy.
Just looking at it you would think it was more expensive than it actually is and I have to praise Hagen for producing such a well-made well thought out toy and not just manufacturing some cheap rubbish that will break within five minutes of use.
As good as I think the Catit senses play circuit is unfortunately Dashiel isn't all that keen on it. When I first got it he did give it some attention but he soon got bored with trying to get the ball out and proceeded to abandon it. As anyone who owns a cat will know they can be fussy and if they decide they don't like something then there is nothing that you can do to change this. To be honest he spent more time playing with the cardboard box that the play circuit came in.
Even through my cat wasn't particularly enthused with the play circuit I still think it is a great product and well worth the money that I paid for it. I love the idea that you can add different things to it and enlarge it and the quality is top notch. Yes Dashiel hardly plays with it but that isn't the fault of the play circuit and I still think the idea behind the toy is a good one and it's just unfortunate that I can't second guess my cat and what he might like. I had to look after my sisters cats when she went away on holiday and they absolutely loved the play circuit and spend ages at a time playing with it and trying to get the ball out so I maintain that it is a good product and the fault lies more with my fussy little boy.
As we have a 3 month old kitten it's fair to say that our house is slowly filling up with lots of toys & gadgets to keep her occupied as well as toys that we can play with her with. She has a whole host of toys, beds and various other things now as we don't want her to be getting bored when we are out at work during the day and no-one wants to play with the same thing over and over again do they?!
This 'Catit Senses Play Circuit' comes provided in a cardboard box. Within the box you will find 6 pieces of white plastic; 4 curved shape pieces and 2 pieces which are the 'ends' of the toy that have sloping ramps at the end of them. Each piece is designed to slot together so you can make a curved shaped toy for your pet. This toy is designed to be enclosed and there are 6 blue opaque plastic pieces which are designed to be clipped on to the top of the white pieces and then encapsulate a ball within. The ball is green and grey in design and is made to look like a rodent when it's being rolled backwards and forward in the play circuit. There are large slots cut out of the blue plastic tops which means your pet can place his or her paw in the slots to allow them to chase the ball and roll it back and forth but to ensure they are not able to remove the ball.
It was fairly easy to slot all of the pieces together and I have since undone them all and changed the shape of the circuit on two or three occasions with no bother at all. The blue plastic pieces slot in to the white bottom pieces quite well and they are designed to be pressed forward ensuring that they are 'locked' in to place and while this worked initially I have since returned home from work on more than one occasion to find my kitten has managed to unhook a piece and launch the ball out of the circuit and on to the floor.
This product, when all slotted together and working as it should, has given a fair bit of entertainment to my kitten but I have found that the ball is not flowing freely throughout the circuit and seems to get stuck in two different places. This is quite frustrating for both myself and my kitten when we are playing with this as I want to be able to run it along, show her how it works, and then leave her to it for a little while so she is entertained. However, she will bat the ball it will then get stuck almost immediately and within a few minutes she ends up really bored and just goes off to play with one of her less expensive toys.
I would have to rate this 3 out of 5 because it's quite simple to build and use but the design seems to be flawed as the ball is regularly getting stuck and my kitten seems able to remove the middle section of this toy with no problem at all and then flick the ball out. This means I have to put it back together, almost every night, when I get home which just defeats the purpose of buying this toy as something that would look after itself and keep her entertained while I'm out. The slots do work well as she is able to get her paw in and out comfortably but this also is giving her more opportunity to tug out the looser top slotted pieces. This is quite a good toy but it would be so much better if my kitten wasn't able to take this apart on a regular basis! I paid just over £10.00 for my play circuit for Amazon and you can find this listed on Amazon and various vet retailer websites for around the same price.
Because our cats stay in most of the time during the colder months, my wife and I bought this to keep them entertained and so that our young daughter could play with them both without manhandling them and causing them distress!
Basically this toy is designed to stimulate the senses that cats normally use to hunt prey ~ well I don't know about that but it is plenty fun! It consists of a length of enclosed track or circuit which is see-0through and has little peek-a-boo windows along its length along which you can send one of three different coloured balls. What I like about it is that you can set the track up however you like pretty much and can even buy additional bits of track at a minimal cost to extend the circuit even further! It is quite sturdy and open to a bit of abuse and looks like it will keep my cats entertained for ages as they have not left it alone since we bought it!
We got ours from Ebay and that cost no more than about £12 so it is not too expensive either!
In essence, I think this is a fun little toy that keeps both our boys entertained! It's Feline fun for everyone!
My Uncle has a cat who has turned into a big lazy giant of a cat who doesn't do much playing anymore. His idea of exercise is going to his bowls for food! So when we got out cats my Uncle asked if we would like his cat's Hagen Catit Senses Play Circuit. Now I had seen this toy before but when he offered it to us and said the name of it I didn't have a clue what he was on about and thought he was offering me something from Ikea! After my laughter from him at my stupidity, he told me it was the "blue cat thing which looks like a snake" - this made much more sense to me!
The Hagen Catit Senses Play Circuit is supposed to stimulate the instincts of your cat as though they are hunting in the wild. Neither of my cats use these skills as they are indoor cats so I thought it would be a good toy for them to have and seeing as it was free, it wouldn't be a waste if they didn't like it.
The circuit is a long plastic circuit which is shaped like a backward "S". You cat cannot get into the circuit as it is not big enough to accomodate them nor is it supposed to. What it actually does is act like a hide and seek type of thing. There is a ball which rolls down the plastic tubing which looks like a little track. As the ball rolls down, it makes a bit of noise so that your cat can hear it.
The cat can only reach the ball at certain points along the circuit as the top of the track is covered with see through blue plastic and there are openings which allow you cat to put their paws through and touch the ball, trying to grab at it. Each of the ends are slightly raised which means the ball continuously rolls backwards and forwards without any interferance from you which I think is a pretty good idea.It is made of a nice and solid material and is brightly coloured on the top and then the track part is white. I believe it to be pretty durable too and I think it will be a long lasting toy.
As with anything that my cats are given, they stared at the circuit cautiously as though it was some poisonous object. It took them half an hour before even thinking about playing with it - they have some serious over cautious issues! But eventually, it was Rooney who butched up enough to go and give circuit a little go. I set the ball rolling for him and soon he was darting from side to side like he was stalking some type of pray, trying desperately to get hold of this ball. His sister, Pepsi soon joined in seeing as though her brother had deemed it as safe and she copied her brother intently.
I never knew the two of them had such powerful hunting instincts though Pepsi is the slower at reacting of the two of them. They love the curcuit even more when it is spiced up with a noisier ball such as a ball with a bell in - it drives them crazy with excitement. Plus it keeps the circuit that little bit fresher for them.
My Uncle paid £15.99 for this toy and although his cat was too lazy for it, my two absolutely love it and have hours of fun with it. I couldn't recommend it anymore highly.
Hagen Catit Senses Play Circuit
Hagen Catit Senses Play Circuit is one of the many toys i have for my cat to keep him entertained for the moments that I'm not there. Unfortunately that's getting more and more which makes me think if i should get another cat so he has someone to play with. Until that moment I have to keep him entertained with toys and this one sounded very good when I saw him on the internet.
The Hagen Catit Senses Play Circuit is designed to engage the natural instincts of hunting by sound, sight and touch which a cat uses during the hunt. Since he's always inside he never has the chance to hunt. Well maybe only a fly or something but nothing really that exciting for him.
The play circuit is a Peek-A-Boo track which allows the cat to play with the bal but it can never leave the track. The track consists of tubes with some openings which allows the cat to touch the ball. They can see the ball coming but also hear the ball coming and he waits excitingly before the opening until the bal comes and he tries to catch it. It's quiet fun to watch him play because he gets all excited and start to jump at the ball and desperately trying to get it.
It's a smart design that keeps him busy for an hour. The bal keeps on rolling due the ends are a little bit higher so the bal rolls back every time. Simple and it works. You can change the type of bal and put one in there with a little bell or even catnip which is always a success. I would advice to change the ball now and then since it keeps it more fun for the cat to play and the ball with the little bell gets annoying after a few days!
The Hagen Catit Senses Play Circuit is a perfect toy for the cat to entertain himself and to appeal his hunting instinct. It's actually not even that expensive as you can get this one for around 15 pounds. It's a easy toy which keeps my cat busy for an hour a day. I do notice that he's playing less actively with the toy as he's getting older. In the beginning he could play easily for 2 hours with it and now I'm happy when he's busy for an hour. Still a good toy though.
The Catit brand is one that I am used to having bought a few products from that range. Responsible for both of my cat fountains which provide fresh running water, Catit have quite a few other products to their name. Hagan the company behind the Catit brand produce products across a broad spectrum for cats ranging from litter trays and cat carriers to toys, scratching posts and collars.
The Catit Design Senses Play Circuit is one of the many toys that my three boys (Dude, Geezer and Asbo) have to play with. Designed to appeal to your cats natural hunting instinct this particular toy incorporates sight, sound and touch, all of which are used when your cat hunts, if you have never seen a cat hunt they will crouch low somewhere fully alert with wide eyes on their prey and then as they are ready to pounce, the backside wiggles and they leap towards their prey. My three cats like nothing better than terrorizing rats, ducks, frogs, birds and mice whether it is day or night and I have tried (and failed) with numerous toys to stop them bringing home their prey, usually alive, so they can torture outside the door for everyone to hear, usually a rat which makes a large squawking noise akin to that of a child. Thankfully very few make it into the house, but it does and has happened. Anyway with that in mind, it is obvious that my cats are quite playful little souls and need a lot of attention and stimulating, so I try and buy toys that suit their nature.
It was actually my Mum who found the Catit Design Senses Play Circuit from a car boot she had been at, fully packaged in its original box she bought it for only a few pounds, retail wise this product is likely to set you back between £9.99 and £16.99, and she initially bought it for her young cat who decided that he thought this whole idea was pretty rubbish and it was then passed onto me for my boys. Thankfully they love it and play it with quite a lot, especially Asbo who at 2 years old is a lot younger than the other two in cat years anyway.
This play circuit arrives in a box for you to construct together, as child anyone who had a wooden train set will be familiar with putting the pieces together to perform a variety of shapes, this particular one when put together almost makes the figure of eight but doesn't quite overlap in the middle and quite cleverly the Catit company have designed it in such a way that in the middle of this product is enough space for you fit in two more of their products for ultimate cat heaven, those two other products being the The Catit® Design Senses Scratch Pad and The Catit® Design Senses Massage Center which when all fitted together as per their website, looks really brilliant and creates a complete activity centre for your cat, however loathed to spend a further £20-£30 on toys for my boys, I've stuck to the original product.
Once you have constructed your track which clicks into place, the first thing I noticed was that between the tubes, which hide the ball, are openings which allow your cat to see the ball whiz past their eyes. Catit have named it the 'peek-a-boo' track and the idea being that they can see the ball coming as it has been specially designed and coloured in a grey/green colour to get your cats attention, they can hear it roll throughout the tube and then see it in one of the openings which are placed on the top of the tubes and between the tubes where they click together to make the track. So as your cat notices the ball, if they are anything like mine, they are jumping all over the place trying to catch the ball, they stick their paws in the tubes to try and catch it and Asbo lies in waiting thinking if the ball can't see him then he can pounce on it and catch it, which thankfully he cannot and it therefore keeps him entertained from 20 minutes to a whole hour depending on how playful he is at that time. The two older cats usually lay watching him for a while until they become nosey enough to have a look for themselves leaving Dude taking over to try and prove he is better than anyone else.
So how does the ball keep rolling I hear you all asking. At each end of the track the end piece are slightly elevated so that the ball continues to roll as it reaches both ends, that and the manual help given by your cat as it pushes it along the tubes trying to catch it. You can also use other balls, of a similar shape, inside this product to keep your cat interested, particular favorites for my boys are one with a bell inside that jingle as they roll, not as nice for me if I am trying to concentrate or watch TV, but fun for them, or even funnier if a ball with catnip in it which I would say keeps Asbo amused the longest and totally wears him out. The one thing you I advise you not to do is to add more than one ball at a time because it slows down the whole pace of playing catch and leads to boredom. Thankfully, it doesn't cause any fights between my three boys unlike it probably would with children, my cats seem to watch one another jump around like a lunatic or play together and make it a team effort to catch the ball.
I think this is a really good innovative product for cats of all ages, whether they are young kittens to adult cats, mine cannot walk past this product without giving it a tap and then relentlessly chasing the ball for a few minutes before wandering away only to come back and pounce on it all over again. To keep the boys interested in this product I change the shape of the track, you can make it into numerous shapes and you can buy extra pieces of track online to make it even more fun and it makes it easier to create even more shapes. My boys jump and roll all over this toy and it seems to be pretty indestructible so far and although there are a few scratches on the tubes, it doesn't detract from the playing ability at all.
I am really impressed with this product, it is probably one of the best toys they own and the one which is used the most and I didn't even have to buy it, although knowing how much they love it, I think I would, with hindsight have bought one anyway. It creates lots of fun for your cats and a few laughs for you as their owner watching they jump around as they try to catch the ball. I have found most of the products from the Catit range to be really good value for money and they seem to last quite a considerable amount of time. More information on products from Catit is available on a host of websites where you can purchase it and many other items.