“ Brand: Royal Canin / Animals Equipment Type: Cat Toys „
We purchased one of these for our cats when we got them. It is a Royal Canin Playtime Glove and it is a cat toy. My first thought when we got it was that I was going to end up looking like Edward Scissor Hands! It cost £3.99 from a pet shop and we were told that cats and kittens love these things.
The glove I have is blue but you can get it in other colours. The tassles on the end are multi colour and the glove is made from a cotton like material but is stretchy. I think the glove is one size. Though if you cat does like it, the cotton material of the glove isn't that think so I don't think you are going to end up with much protection for your hands!
The glove fits on to your hand and on the four fingers there are little tassle like bits which are supposed to entice your cat. There are little rods in the fingers of the glove to hold them straight but I have found them to be a little on the sharp side and didn't tickle my cats with the glove as suggested to me as I thought it might end up hurting them and at this point they were only kittens and I wanted to build up trust with them not scare them away from me!
I am most disappointed to say that we only ever used this glove the once with our cats. They absolutely hated the site of it - it really scared them senseless and they just ran and hid until I put it away. I tried all manners of coaxing - wriggling my fingers, tapping it and swishing it across the floor but none of it could convince my cats that this was actually a good, fun toy.
It really seems as though this was not tested on cats as I took it round to my Uncle's cat and he hissed at it like it was going to attack him! Definately not worth the money in my experience as ever since it has just been stuck in a drawer and each time my cats see it (they are older now) they still run from it!
The lesson learned? Don't listen to sales people!
I bought one of these playtime gloves for my 2 cats a while back from Pets at Home for about £4 I think. It seemed like a fine idea, if a little Edward Scissorhands in appearance.
The first time I tried the glove out I noticed the rods that keep the fingers out straight are actually a bit on the hard side, you don't want to be using any pressure if your cats let you rub their tummies etc with the glove or it's going to hurt.
I stuck to light tickling of their tails, scurrying across the floor and fluttering overhead moves and I can honestly say my two hated it!
We only had the glove out on that one occasion because they were so utterly baffled as to why I would inflict such an awful toy on them they both shied away from it, hid in safe "glove-free" areas and wouldn't come back out until the glove had gone.
I never used the glove with them again, it's one of the few toys they've really disliked. I gave mine to a friend with a kitten after warning her about how hard those rods were and she coaxed her kitten into a small amount of play with it but not as much as she expected.
For some reason cats don't seem to like these but they do look a bit freaky! The glove is basic, just cotton with an elasticated wrist to hold it on, some have tassles on the end of the fingers and some pom-pom style tips. The rods worry me as they really are a bit harsh and could hurt your cat if you weren't careful.
A good idea but I guess no-one asked the cats what they think before producing these!