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OK. My cat is now complaining again that I haven't done enough reviews for him, spending far too much time writing about those horrid dogs (his purrs) and not enough about the boss of the house - him. And by chance, he has just dragged this feather boa cat teaser into the room, which I have to admit seems to be a favourite toy of his majesty.
We bought this in a local pet shop for £2.50 quite a while back because we thought it would be a nice play thing for him that that we (his slaves) could use to amuse him. It comes in a variety of colours, but we finally settled on the red one. Overall it is quite a simple concept - a load of feathery and dangly bits that are stuck together and dangled from a short flexible stick. The stick itself is covered in a fine felt and also has an end stop on the other end. So overall it is quite a well made product that has been finished off nicely. Additionally it is also impregnated with catnip which is that substance which totally mesmerises cats and acts like a 'cat magnet', driving them wild. (Great substance to put on cat scratch posts to keep them away from your furniture etc).
The idea with this toy is that you wave the feathers in front of the cat, bobbing them up and down with the stick, or wiggle the feathers across the floor with the stick. Either way, it is meant to entice your cat into playing with it. I currently have it mounted off of his scratch post so that it dangles in the air so that every time he uses his post, he knocks this teaser and then starts attacking it (normally when no-one is looking because it is so uncool for a cat to even be seen doing this!!). Every so often he totally rips it off of the post (it is only mounted loosely) and drags it round the room, or into my office as he has just done.
It is kind of funny to actually see my cat play with this thing. He is normally so aloof with a 'That's so below me' attitude when you try and get him to do anything in public (don't you know that cats don't perform in public?). But dangle this teaser in front of him and all of a sudden his eyes narrow and the tail starts flicking, Then he just can't resist it anymore and pounces, claws bared, teeth out and drags the thing to the ground rolling around in a flurry of flying paws and feathers. Then after a few moments it's as if he suddenly realises that this is so childish for him, especially since we are watching, whereupon he jumps up, regains his aloof composure again and tries to look as if nothing happened. Then you dangle the toy again and the irresistible urge takes over again and again.....................
It is a well made toy, although the constant onslaught of claws etc will gradually diminish it (we keep finding little bits of red feather everywhere after each onslaught), but is still entices his majesty to play with it. So for a relatively cheap investment, it has provided hours of fun for him. So highly recommended by him.
This is a great toy I purchased for my cat months ago for just 2 euro online from Zooplus. It is made by Jolly Moggy and it is of really good quality.
It has the added attraction of catnip to capture out cats senses and she does seem to love this better than the rest of her toys. We were originally attracted to this toy by the brightness of it and it looks really fluffy and pink!
It is designed to act as a chaser that you can wave about as the cat jumps for the bobble at the end and she gets both great exercise and entertainment leaping into the air to get hold of it. It consists of a stick that has a bunch of pink feathers attached to it and when you bob it up and down the cat goes crazy by the movement.
My daughter also gets a kick running around the house like she is a princess with the toy trailing behind her. I wouldnt recommend small children play with this with a cat because they can get their claws out to hit it and the child may get scratched.
I would recommend this toy because its a great way to entertain cats as my cat finds nothing better than attacking something flying at her. I would say its for female cats only though as it is like a princess wand!
The only downside to this toy is that the feathers become worn very quickly and do eventually come off.
One of my friends actually purchased our Jolly Moggy Feather Boa toy as a gift for my two last Xmas. I can tell you she paid £2.99 for it from Pets At Home and I can also tell you they are available cheaper than that online from various other places if you search for them! Now I wouldn't have bought this for my boys because we already have a boa type toy that is better than this one, I'm not being ungrateful and I'll explain that statement later.
Our boa is purple and has a white ball on it followed by an elastic cord that attaches to the handle. The handle is covered in material and the end is safe and covered in a piece of plastic so it looks ok and sounds ok right? The one thing that I really feel lets this toy down, and I don't like, is the elastic cord. I don't feel elastic has any place being near cats and the first image I had when I examined this was my boys pulling on the toy, releasing it and getting hit by the ball. Elastic is a very bad idea I'm afraid when you think that the toy will be very close to a cat's face and therefore eyes. That actually made me reluctant to play with the toy but I did let my two have some careful plays with it.
The ball is a good idea because it helps the boa section travel along the floor. You can swoop this in the air too but my two prefer floor games most of the time and only occasionally want to jump or reach for toys. The feathers are going to come out over time, that goes without saying I think!
So my two were moderately interested, it isn't the first time they've encountered a boa because of our other toy but this one was slightly different so they were all for having a look. However I didn't feel we could really get into proper play because of the elastic cord and where I would normally swish the other one from one lad to the other and involve them both in the game I was too concerned about it pinging back into their eyes to get any sort of speed up with this one and of course that made it a less than exciting play for them! I actually put this away after a couple of uses because it just wasn't doing it for them at a slow speed but I didn't trust the elastic at a higher pace so I swapped it for our old one and we've stuck with that instead because it doesn't have elastic on it anywhere.
Overall not a success in my eyes, if they'd used a non-elastic cord it would have been great fun and my two could have had it whipped round the floor but it only takes one of them to grab it, pull then release it and it could be a trip to the vets. Call me an old nervous nelly but I'm not prepared to risk it so in the cupboard it stays. A low 2 stars from me and I don't recommend them unless you're prepared to be super careful with it.
Both of my cats love any sort of toy which is attached to a stick and can be dangled in front of them. They think they are great fun so we always try and pick them something up as and when we see them - one of my daughter's hobbies is buying toys for the cats so you can understand they have a mount of them.
When in Pets At Home picking up a few bits my daughter came across the Jolly Moggy Feather Boa Cat Teaser toy. It was £2.99 and came in variety of colours including the pink one which is in the picture and is the one my daughter chose despite one of our cats being a boy! It was also available in red, blue and yellow off of the top of my head.
The teaser is a pretty basic toy. It is purely a bunch of feathers all stuck together on a piece of cord with a ball at the top and it all dangles from a flexible stick. The stick of the teaser is the same colour as the feather and the ball so in our instance it was all pink. The stick is quite deciving as I thought it was plastic but it was only when I touched it that I realised the stick was actually covered in a felt material. The only other burst of colour was the little green feather at the top of the ball and the black bit at the base of the stick which covers the sharp edge of the stick. The stick itself is about 18 inches long and protects your hands from being grabbed at by over excited cats. The teaser also contains cat nip to entice and interest your cat more.
Our cats absolutely love the teaser - they shoot around after it like there is no tomorrow and they pounce and grab excitedly. There are two ways to play with the teaser and that is to either dangle it above you cats so that they can try and grab at the feathers and the ball or you can alternatively run it over the floor allowing them to chase it. The ball of the teaser adds weight to the feathered cord and allows it to run along the floor easily and quickly, making it much more of a challenge for your cats to catch it. My cats tend to prefer the floor option as they love to lay in wait and then pounce on it like they are catching some sort of pray or something.
The quality of the toy is quite good, despite my cats pulling on the elasticated cord it hasn't snapped (yet!) but they have managed to pull some feathers out so your cats or cat will need some supervision when using it just in case they try to eat one of the feathers or something!
It is a nice and simple toy which is easy to use and alot of fun for cats. My cats absolutely love it though they have ripped out a few feathers despite only having it a couple of weeks so I don't think this toy is going to last particularly long which is a shame. Recommended but do bare in mind it isn't a toy made for lasting.
Our two cats love their Jolly Moggy Feather Boa Cat Teaser. Its such a simple little cat teaser toy that you can use to play along with your pets to great effect. When we first set eyes on the Moggy Teaser Boa Toy we thought it was so outrageously frivolous and over the top that we had to buy one for our cats to have fun with.
The Jolly Moggy Feather Boa Cat Teaser can be found in many larger high street pet stores and comes in a variety of funky colours. We picked a bright purple coloured cat teaser toy, but we also saw it in a funky bright pink as shown here and a vivid 'Big Bird' yellow, if that takes your kittys fancy. We thought all the colourways looked like lots of fun for a cat to play with.
Our Jolly Moggy Feather Boa Cat Teaser is an interesting toy for cats of all ages from young kittens to older cats. Its a simple product which basically put, comprises of a bunch of feathers attached to a wiggly stick, with a ball type toy thrown in for good measure! Add in some catnip for a true kitty pleasure playtime and its game set and match.
We found that our cats took to this toy like a rat up a drain pipe. Its a sure fire winner from its pointy tip to its feathery tail with our cats. They lurrrve this little kitty toy and happily chase about after it when it comes out to play. Aside from their beloved cardboard boxes which they enjoy more than many other cat toys, these types of chase and catch kitty toys are something they do seem to like a lot.
In terms of price you can buy a Jolly Moggy Feather Boa Cat Teaser for anything from £2.99 upwards, with £4.50 or so being the upper limit. For your money you get this slinky little number complete with a flexible wiggling stick and trail of slinky feathers that are a total winner with playful cats.
The whole thing is held together with a corded piece which is long enough for you to use to wiggle the feathered end to attract your cats attention. Our cats like this so much that they can easily be entertained with it. The addition of catnip makes this even more alluring when you first get the toy, but it does wear off over time. This isn't a problem as you can top this catnip effect up with some of the catnip spray products you can buy cheaply.
The wiggling stick on our Jolly Moggy Feather Boa Cat Teaser is around 18 inches long, so its more than long enough to allow for our cats to play with the toy without feeling they are too close to us. The wiggle wand is also covered in a soft touch effect material, which is kind to cats and owners when the toy is in play.
The velvet ball on the end of the feathered section is something that adds weight and an extra area of attraction, as it allows you to run the kitty teaser toy along the floor, which is almost guaranteed to make our cats pounce happily on it to try to capture it.
Over all we have found that the Jolly Moggy Feather Boa Cat Teaser is something that our cats really like to play with. Its a simple item that can promote playtime and allows your cat to get a little exercise into the bargain.
As its been such a simple fun toy for our cats it gets 4 stars. It will need replacing over time as some of the feathers have come away after some energetic clawing, but other than that the cat teaser toy has held up pretty well. Its a toy that we would recommend to use with your cat from time to time, as our cats have had great fun with it.