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The Kong Kickeroo is a popular cat toy, and this kitten variety is a smaller size more suited to smaller cats and kittens. It has a rectangular main body which is stuffed with padding and has a crinkly layer inside. This makes a noise if you scrunch it between your hands, and my kitten goes crazy for the sound of it; she comes running to play with it as soon as she hears the scrunchy noise. The body of the Kickeroo is the perfect size for my cat to grab onto and hold in her front paws while literally kicking at it with her back legs - I assume this is why the toy is called 'Kickeroo' and my cat seems to fully understand its intended purpose. The toy also has a fluffy tail attached at one end, which is fun to sway around and dangle in front of the cat to get them chasing after it. The toy is lightweight and can be moved around easily. The Kickeroo is hard wearing, and can withstand a good deal of damage from paws, claws and teeth. The tail remains securely attached and because the toy is soft it does not cause any damage to the cat or my home if it's being flung all over the place when the cat is chasing it! My cat is very small for her age and the standard Kickeroo would be a bit too bulky for her, so this kitten size is just right. I would recommend this to any cat owner who has a small size cat or kitten, and I expect the regular Kickeroo is just as good for average or large sized cats.
My cat is spoilt rotten by my relatives who are often sending him little presents in the post. One of which was a large kickeroo which he absolutely adores and another was a smaller kitten kickeroo.
They are available in large pet shops and online for around £3-4.
The kitten kickeroo comes in a few colours, Bobby has a purple one. They are basically a rectangle of fabric with a little tail at one end and they are filled with catnip and stuffing. Catnip affects some cats more than others and is a natural minty herb that has the ability to send your already mad kitten even more crazy.
The main reason I wanted the kickeroo was as Bobby, like most kittens, loved to bite, kick and scratch everything....preferably my limbs.
As soon as the kickeroo was out of the packaging he tore off with it rolling around on the floor biting it, kicking it, licking the tail and going a bit loopy. He would do this for around 10 minutes, forget about it and then pick it up and start again a while later.
The great thing about these toys is that they can play away with them on their own, they instinctively grab and start kicking away and the pet owner doesn't need to supervise or interact as they would with a toy on a string or a wand. They're perfectly safe to leave lying around while you're out and your pet can play away until their heart's content.
I've had both the kitten and adult Kong Kickeroo toys for well over a year now and they are still used from time to time, are still in great shape and still enjoyed!
Though Bobby seems to really like the kitten kickeroo as it makes a rustling paper sort of noise, he is now a large cat and it is far too small for him to grab hold of and give it a good kick, unlike the normal Kickeroo which is still suitable for him. It doesn't stop him trying though but that is the only negative with this toy....it will probably need replacing with a larger one at a later date.
This isn't something I minded though as they are not too expensive and are definitely well used!
It depends on the size and age of the cat you have whether I would recommend this, if you are getting a very small kitten under around 4 months old I would definitely recommend this, otherwise I would say go for the larger Kickeroo which comes in lots of funky colours and designs. Either way I think every cat should have one or the other. It's very entertaining to watch them fighting with an inanimate object so vigorously and gives the human a break :)