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I'm reviewing my cat's favourite toy,the KICKEROO.
It's the same as the one shown above ,but ours is brown and beige tiger striped rather than the giraffe patterned one shown above. Other patterns are available.
It is made by KONG ,a name known for pet toys.
It is a simple long thin rectangular cushion with a cute little tail added .
Counting the tail it is roughly 20" long and about 4" wide
There are no 'arms or legs' on it, so it really isn't meant to represent any animal as such ,but that doesn't seem to matter, because our cat wrestles with it endlessly as if it were a real animal .
The fabric itself is lovely and velvety in the manner of real animal fur, and so far the tail hasn't moulted, despite much abuse in the past year of use.
It was "infused with catnip" when new , so that will have been an added attraction for our puss,and the seller said it could be sprayed with catnip intermittently to keep it attractive,but we haven't bothered doing that, because despite a few washes our puss still finds it adorable.
It cost us £3 from a market stall and they cost around £4-£5 in shops and online.
Would I recommend it ? Yes,definitely.
For cats with a sense of fun and energy it is a great toy.
This kickeroo was a bit of a last minute throw-into-the-basket thought when I was stocking up prior to the arrival of my two adopted cats. I had no idea what it was, I just thought it looked quirky. I'd bought plenty of other balls, rattles, toy mice etc as well but it was this Kickeroo that was the instant hit. I may not have known what it was, but my cats certainly did. One of them immediately laid claim to it and has hardly let it out of her sight since!! She grabbed it in a bear-hug and immediately instinctively started to give her back legs a good workout and she still does it with as much enthusiasm now, 6 months on. She clearly loves it and it's really amusing to watch for us owners too!!
The main 'body' of the kickeroo is a type of plush material, but it also has a furry tail which comes in for some extensive licking from time to time too. The added bonus of the tail bit is that it makes a great 'tease' for her to chase, she will run around after it for as long as I'm prepared to play the game. Inevitably, its always me that tires of it first!
After 6 months of heavy kicking and licking the other thing worthy of noting is that amazingly it still looks good as new. So it's also obviously well made and with quality materials. There's no sign of the tail coming away from the body, for instance, despite all the tugging it's been subjected to.
So for a toy which cost under £4 I definitely unwittingly scored a hit with the Kickeroo.
~The Kong Kickeroo~
Amongst the wide range of cat toys I have bought the Kong Kickeroo toy for cats has been one of the more successful plush type toys that I have bought. The Kickeroo comes in a wide range of designs ranging from one that looks like a cute, slightly over sized mouse crossed with a squirrel, to the one I bought which has a pattern to it that reminds me of extra fluffy and velvety looking giraffe skin. For a small initial outlay at the time of purchase I have found this little cat toy has been a success with our cats, as they took to it quite quickly as soon as they were let loose with it.
The design and look of this cat toy is simple yet effective in my opinion, as even though there is no real animal type shape to the version of the toy I bought, the fact that it seems to have a light but well sized fluffy feeling main body with an extra fluffy tail attached, has made it almost irresistible to the cats at times. I feel that this toy helps put lots of natural cat type instincts to good use, as it seems to bring out rather a playful side, combined with a natural hunter instinct that all cats seem to have. Our cats have had hours of fun with this toy kicking, biting and rolling about with it, hunting it down with wild abandon and dragging it back to their lairs time and time again.
~Catnip adds to the fun~
The Kickeroo has a secret catnip kick to it when new that also seems to add to its charm and whilst this will fade over time and extended use by over eager cats, I feel it is easy enough to top that up a little with a quick spray of catnip if you have it. With some cat toys the catnip alone seems to be what excites our cats, although in this case the shape and feel of the Kickeroo is such that I feel even without the catnip, the toy is something that our cats would like. The fact that there aren't any arms or legs sewn on to this toy makes it all the more durable in my opinion, as there is nothing really to the toy that can come away during cat play time. The addition of a fluffy tail on this cat toy adds a lot to it in my opinion, as our cats love catching the tail and chasing it, whilst kicking the kickeroo in to oblivion.
~Product rating/ price~
The cost of a Kong Kickeroo is not overly high, as I paid just under £4 for one, which I feel was good value when I think about how much fun the cats have had playing with it. You can wash the Kickeroo if wanted if it requires a little freshening up, leaving it to dry off fully before spraying it with a little fresh catnip and then giving it back to its kittycat owners. The size of the Kickeroo is good, as it is not as large as an average sized cat, yet is much larger than many other cat toys are, meaning that cats do seem to treat it as a real opponent during play time (which adds to the fun). As I feel the Kickeroo is a durable cat toy that can provide hours of fun at a reasonable price my rating for this toy is 5 stars.
Robust cat toy with premium catnip and plush tail for satisfying your cat's hunting instincts