“ Manufacturer: Pet Love / Type: Cat Entertainment „
I've had these ping pong balls for as long as I've had my cat. It was one of the purchases I made from Pets at Home when I first decided to get a cat, and at the time I didn't know what kind of character the little chap was going to have so I bought a selection of toys which I hoped might keep him entertained.
Looking online, Pets At Home still stock these balls, and they currently cost £0.99 each, or you can mix and match 4 for £3. They have extended the colours so that they're not all the same colour, although I'm not sure this makes any difference to your cat's enjoyment as I'm not sure cats can distinguish colours. They're the kind of thing you can probably pick up in supermarkets these days too.
There's nothing too technical to say about these toys, they are exactly as they look in the picture. The ones I have are multi-coloured which I think makes it quite useful for finding them when they end up stuck under the sofa. They are very very light, being hollow inside and the material they are made from is very thin. This makes them travel which is great for playful kittens who enjoy chasing things round. Size wise, they are about the same size as a golf ball.
My cat really loved these when he was a kitten. He would go through spells of chasing them round and got very excited when they bounced off the walls and changed direction regularly. The downside to this is that you will have to get up off the sofa at regular intervals to rescue the balls when they get stuck under the coffee table, chairs, TV stand - usually followed by husband's panic-stricken face when they get caught amongst the wires. They don't do any damage to the furniture or anything, as they're so light, but you might just want to keep your eyes peeled first thing in the morning in case you go flying by standing on one when you're not 100% awake!
As my cat has got less active now he is an adult, these balls don't get much attention these days, and rather than chasing them round he just kind of paws at them lazily to make them move. I guess the enjoyment your cat gets from these will depend on the cat's individual personality, temperament and energy levels. For the price though, they are worth it even if they only get used for a short time. I am always looking for new things to amuse my cat, as he is a house cat, so spending a few pounds here and there doesn't bother me if it gives him a little entertainment, however short-lived it might be.
These are ideal for lively and energetic kittens, and although they get used less now my cat is older, he does occasionally use them which is why I have them hanging round the house still.
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With 2 of my 3 cats being virtually house cats through their own choice, I like to change their toys regularly to keep them interested, alert and hopefully give them a bit of exercise, not easy when you have very lazy 7 year old cats who are only too happy to sleep and eat. I was recently doing an Amazon order and while browsing the pet section spotted these ping pong balls, at less than £2.00 I decided to buy them for my 3 girls.
The ping pong balls are by Pet Love and are sold in a pack of four, they come in a simple clear bag with a label attached. The label has the Pet Love logo across the top and informs the customer that these are Ping Pong Balls and are made for " cats who love to have fun", the label also shows a picture of a cat playing with one of the ping pong balls.
The actual ping pong balls appear to be just like regular ping pongs, same weight and same size, the only difference is that these are all multi coloured, not that this makes any difference to the cats enjoyment personally I think they are coloured for the benefit of the owner.
I gave my girls these ping pong balls the day they arrived and I can honestly say they have been used every single day by at least one of them, they love them. The ping pong balls are light so it only takes a slight tap of the paw to set them rolling, My cats go mad with these, the ping pong balls bounce off walls and the cats seem to love this. Sometimes we bounce the balls for them and my youngest cat who is 3 really jumps into air to catch them, they also like them rolled down the stairs.
Being really light the ping pong balls don't do any damage when they hit skirting boards or furniture, they roll nicely and easily on both carpet and laminate flooring. The only down side to these is being small they do tend to get patted under the furniture so every day at some point I have to fish them out.
If you have cats of any age that you buy toys for I would certainly recommend these coloured ping pong balls, they are a real favourite of my girls at the moment, even my 2 older lazy cats love these. We have had the ping pong balls for 3 weeks now and so far they are showing no signs of damage despite being whacked on a daily basis. You could just use regular ping pong balls they would probably work the same but I will definitely be replacing these if they get lost of damaged in the future.
As some of you already know a few months ago I took on a couple of young cats, technically still kittens, and needed a wide range of toys to entertain them. Max and Harry were 9 months and 7 months respectively when they arrived and with endless energy to wreck my house I wanted toys that would wear them out a bit! These ping pong balls were something I spotted on www.vetuk.co.uk for £1.98 and I thought they'd be good for my bedrooms upstairs that have laminate flooring.
The pack of balls is a 4 pack which makes these very good value for money, each ball is a lightweight ping pong type of material so will bounce a bit on hard floors if thrown in that way. As far as I recall from the few games of ping pong I played in my youth these seem a little bit smaller than an actual ping pong ball but not much smaller. They are all multi-coloured as in the picture above. That's it for details really, they don't have catnip or bells or anything like that but I still thought if they could be rolled across the floor they'd likely get chased.
When they arrived I took 2 for upstairs and left 2 for play on the tiled kitchen floor. You can use these on carpets too but they don't roll as quickly. I started off with the upstairs ones to see how they went and found both Max and Harry did indeed like them rolled around on the laminate flooring, they move quickly and give off a light rumbling sound so it draws attention to them. Both Max and Harry could push them along too and on tiled floors a light push is going to move them along swiftly so quite alot of fun was had upstairs with them!
The downstairs pair have been used both on the tiled floor and the carpet in the lounge and although they don't roll as fast on the carpet if a cat is interested enough to keep tapping them they do still move and create entertainment. Ours frequently turned up under the kitchen cabinets and the sofa though because Harry is very keen on stuffing things out of reach! Upstairs they both got caught in the corner of the room by the chest of drawers there and I completely forgot about them until today. Once freed again both Max and Harry who are now 1 year old and 10 months immediately chased them around under the bed so they haven't lost their appeal yet! In fact now they like to bounce them down the stairs then chase them around down here too so it maybe helped to lose them for a while and then have them reappear as a seemingly new toy!
Overall I'm very pleased with a simple, safe and inexpensive toy that I think will remain interesting for some time. A full 5 stars from me and highly recommended as a fun little gift.