“ Manufacturer: Trixie / Type: Cat Toy „
----- General information & why I bought it -----
Louis is a 2 year old cat. We bought this toy at a local pet shop and it was on offer at £1.50. He has had a few toys similar to this, and he seems to like the fact that I control the toy, and he chases it. I liked how this product has feathers on the end, and was long enough for my hand not to get scratched whilst playing. The stick is about 30cm long and there are lots of different feathers at the end, almost like a mini old fashioned duster.
----- My experience -----
Louis really does love this toy, and I love playing with it too. He can't wait to see where the feathers are going to go next, and chases it for hours. I have to hide this in the bedside drawer so he doesn't keep me up all night playing with it. He will stand by the drawer, brushing against it as if to say "feather toy feather toy !"
----- Would I buy it again -----
Yes I would, it is a simple, yet effective product that provides hours of fun for you and your cat :)
The Trixie Feathered Pole Cat Toy is better known in our house as a feather waggler, which I think is what other makes of the same thing are called. They come in a pack of four, and are basically think plastic wands with a bunch of brightly coloured feathers on the end. The plastic is very flexible and bendy, so when you're holding the pole, the slightest movement is enough to set it "waggling".
These feather wagglers are for interactive play with your cat - they're not something that cats can play with on their own, although given the chance Snoopy would try to play with it, and would sit and chew it if left lying around, which is why I keep the feather wagglers in a cupboard and only bring them out when I want to play with a cat.
I try playing with all three cats with these feather wagglers but they don't seem to be to the girls taste, so it is mainly Snoopy that plays with them. He likes to bat at them and jump to catch them if I waggle the pole over his head, and if I swish it across the floor he'll stalk it. He will watch the feathers intently but it can take him a while to actually go for them. Once he catches the feathers...he washes them.
This may sound bad, but one thing I like about these feather wagglers is that you can play with your cat with minimal effort. I really enjoy playing with our cats, but there are times when they want to play and I just don't have the energy, so if I can get their attention fixed on one of these feather wagglers, I can sit on the sofa and hold this over the arm, waggling it about with little effort required. I get to relax and the cat gets to play.
The Trixie Feather Pole toys are well made, but I think given what this toy is it would be impossible to make one which had an indefinite lifespan. Over time the feathers get pulled out, leaving you with just a plastic pole with some feather fluff on the end. I play with Snoopy with one of these several times a week, for about half an hour at a time, and I usually have to replace the toy after about two months.
On a safety note, obviously you want to avoid your cat eating any of the feathers which get pulled off, but it can happen - Snoopy has eaten some bits on a few occasions with no ill effects, but it does make for a disconcerting sight when the very brightly coloured feather bits come out the other end.
These are a great toy for interactive play with your cat, which can be used with little effort on your part, and me and Snoopy have lots of fun with these.
My cat, Okami, is the kind of cat that likes to jump in and out of boxes, chase bottle tops and hide my hair ties for fun. This is why I very rarely buy cat toys for him. One day I was in my local pet shop when I spied this. The only toy Okami is ever really interested in playing with is a wand with a bunch of feathers and a bell tied on with a long piece of string. I figured he might enjoy this because he seems to like feathers. It cost me about £1.25 and I figured it wan't much of a loss if he wasn't interested.
The toy features a plastic black handle, quite long to avoid nasty scratches - maybe about 30cm. On the end there is a bunch of colourful feathers of differing sizes and some glittery strands.
Upon getting it home and taking it out of the bag my cat had a good sniff and seemed unsure. I sat on the floor and ran it along beside me and behind my back. That got his interest, and we happily played with it for about 15 minutes before he got bored.
We played with it a few times over the next couple of days,and I was thoroughly enjoying bonding with Okami in the knowledge that he was getting plenty of exercise. Being a house cat he really needs at least an hour of play every day and this can be difficult when he doesn't enjoy playing with conventional toys. However during a quite aggressive play session where my cat was jumping and swiping at this toy part of the handle broke off. Maybe about 4 cm.
This was about a month ago, and now we're down to a very short handle, and no one wants to put their unshredded hands in danger by using this toy with him. Remarkably the feathers are, for the most part, still in tact. He pulls the odd feather out, so careful supervision is advised to make sure the feathers don't get eaten.
Because we don't play with this toy now Okami has taken to sitting with it on his leg and grooming it. He can spend up to ten minutes licking at the feathers. Cutest thing ever!
Although these are relatively cheap to buy the quality was disappointing. I'd rather pay a little bit more for a product that will last, especially when it's difficult to find a toy that my cat actually enjoys playing with.
Trixie Feathered Pole Cat Toy
Our cat is named Bobbie and he is quite fussy when it comes around to toys. It's often the case that when I come home with a new toy he just looks at it and then walks away. I never forgot I bought this 30 pounds toy to treat him and he just walked away to play with his mouse of 1 pound! Very annoying but I can never stay mad with him. This Trixie Feathered Pole Cat Toy is the kind of toy that's cheap but very good.
This toy is very simple and is just a wand with some feathers. That's all really! The wand is about 20cm tall which is good because while playing Bobbie doesn't have the chance to grab my hand! He may look innocent but he has hurt me many times before with his little pawns. With this toy it's more the feathers he is interested in instead of my hand.
The wand is easy in use and there is not really a correct way to do it. I often hide the wand and more the feathers behind the couch and tease him a little bit. He really gets excited and he can see his little tale moving along with his bum. He gets in his attack position and then suddenly runs towards the toy! Really funny to see.
There's a downside to the toy and more with the feathers. Bobbie can get rough and feathers are just feathers so he pulls them out or chews on them so after a while you can't really use the toy anymore. The toy comes for a price as low as 1 pounds so it's a very good deal even as the toy only last for 2 months.
If you look over my reviews you will see we have a big selection of both cat and dog toys. I have come to the conclusion that all of the animals in this household are just spoilt rotten!
One of the toys our cats own is the Trixie Feathered Pole toy. You can pick these toys up practially anywhere from as little as £1.00. They are basically a little cluster of coloured feathers on the end of a long black plastic pole which is about 50cm long. When you purchase one of these they usually come packaged in a clear plastic bag with a cardboard top.
It is one of the most basic cat toys to use. It is simply just a case of sitting on the floor or sofa and whilst using as little energy as possible you move the stick around allowing your cat to chase it, punce on it, jump on it or whatever they please.
One of the things I do like about these toys is the length of the actual pole. It gives you a good bit of distance between your hands and your cat or cats when they are in a crazy frenzy trying to get ahold of the feathers. There is very minimal chance of you getting scratched whilst playing with this toy with your cat.
Our cats really love these sorts of toys. They think they are great fun and sometimes try and make a little tug of war game with me with it - I think they have been watching the dog far too much!
Sadly though as fun a toy as this is for your pets it does have its downsides. The first being that the feathers do come off quite easily despite this being made specifically for cats. I do think there must be a better way to attach the feathers so they do not come off as I always worry that mid frenzy should one come off one of the cats may try to eat it. The other problem is that obviously cats will put a fair bit of force on to the toy when playing and although the pole is made well, it is a little bit too flimsy for what it is supposed to do and can snap very easily. We have had 5 snap in the past 3 months! But seeing as they cost so little they aren't a huge cost to the bank to replace.
I do recommend the pole toy but I do suggest keeping an eye on the feather situation with your cat as well as being aware that this toy is not indestructable.
As you will see from previous reviews we have rather a large collection of various cat toys and equipment but I guess that's part of having 3 cats. Anyway one toy we have in our collection is the Feathered Pole Cat Toy. Ok so this is probably one of the simplest and more basic toys we have bought the girls but seems to be one that they like and will quite happily play with with you.
What Is It?
Well really the name of the product pretty much describes it. As I said it is quite a basic toy consisting of a long black handle made of strong durable plastic, the handle measures about 30 - 40cm long meaning it is plenty long enough to keep your hands away from you cats claws and teeth as they play with the toy. On the end of the handle are a lot of brightly coloured feathers of various different sizes, and that is basically it. A very simple cat toy but one that will excite your kitty.
There is no strict rules for how this toy should be used, it is not really long enough for you to drag behind you for your cat to chase however I sit in the middle of the floor with ours nad drag it around me in circles while the cat follows it chasing after it around me. Of course I let them win which usually results in them trying to kill the feathers on the end (I'm sure they think is a real bird) We also have open banisters at our house, I often poke it through the slats in the banisters while one of the cats sits the other sides trying to catch it before I pull it back through my side again. The toy can also be used to poke under any object for your cat to chase and try to catch. The advert for the toy described it as a toy to let your cat use their hunting skills (or words to that effect) The Feathered Pole Toy could also be something that your cat plays with on their own, although ours seem to enjoy playing with it more if someone plays with them.
This toy really will not set you back much, ours cost just 99p from Amazon so was a real bargain, although I am sure similar toys can be purchased from various pet shops, although the price may very slightly.
One disadvantage with the Feathered Pole Cat TOy is it does not really last that long, after your cat has caught and killed the toy several times, the feathers do become chewed, slightly soggy, and one more than one occasion one of our cats has pulled a feather out of it so it is gradually becoming bald. You do need to keep an eye on the toy to ensure that your cat does not try to eat the feathers it has pulled out (I'm sure ours would) or that a rough edge has not been left where some of the feathers have been removed. So far ours is absolutely fine, some feathers have been pull/ chewed out of the toy but it is still in a good enough condition for the cats to play with it. I cannot imagine that this toy will last for as long as some of their others, however at only 99p I cannot complain, I would quite happily buy another once this one has worn out.
The Feathered Pole Cat Toy is one that I (and Poppy, Daisy and Layla) would recommend, it will give your cat hours of fun either alone or with you, it can be used in so many different ways, our cats never seem to get board of it. At 99p even if you cat did get board of playing with it you have not wasted a huge amount of money. The feathered end seems to drive the cats wild, the minute I get ours out their eyes go big and black and they crouch down just waiting to pounce on it. The toy is excellent at encouraging exercise for your cat and also at getting your cat to interact with you whilst playing. This is definitely a toy I would recommend.
When I read a review about this item yesterday it reminded me that we have a couple of these toys tucked away too. A few years ago I came across them in a pet shop and bought a couple for my boys, I actually bought ones with brightly coloured feathers on them and one of ours is blue and the other purple.
The Trixie Feathered Pole toy is a plastic wand about 20 cm long with feathers attached to the end. The idea is you either tickle your cat with it, race it around the floor or have it "fly" above them. They do look like they will entice a cat to play because of the feathers, not many cats can totally resist feathers. The other good thing is these are interactive so you get to enjoy some play with your furbabies.
When I got these home and my boys were sniffing round to see what I'd bought I pulled out these wands and tickled their noses with them which did cause playful eyes and immediate play. These were an instant hit and that's without having to spray them with catnip!
One of my boys liked his moved around the floor so he could hide under a chair and then reach out and grab it on the way past and my other lad liked his in the air like a bird so he could reach up to grab it.
Both my boys liked these for several play sessions and I suspect it would have been longer had they not cottoned on to the fact that if they grabbed the feathers and then didn't let go it actually pulled the feathers out! Within a couple of days both these toys had only a couple of feathers left on them and were no longer particularly exciting.
So overall these toys are a hit, they only cost 99p so are very cheap but you really do get what you pay for and the feathers come out so easily they are ruined very quickly. I actually replaced them once but because my boys already knew if they didn't let them go the feathers would come out and they'd beaten the toy into submission they did exactly the same with the next two as well.
I think for young cats these might last a bit longer as they probably won't be as hard on them as my big lads but all cats are very intelligent and once they've learnt how to stop the toy in its tracks they will do it every time you bring the wands out.
I was quite pleased with how interesting my boys found these but they are way too fragile for my pair and we moved onto other toys that would last them longer instead. 4 stars as they do appeal to cats but I've had to knock one off for how quickly they lose their feathers and let's face it, a plastic stick just isn't going to entice your cat to play!
Rest assured, the 'Trixie Feathered Pole Cat Toy' is designed for the common-or-garden house cat, rather than a 'Pole Cat' as dooyoo's title can be misread into having you believe. However, if you're lucky enough to own the nocturnal mammal Mustela putorius (perhaps you're Terry Nutkins), i'm sure it would enjoy playing with the toy too.
Description & Price
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The toy (which is also sometimes referred to as the 'Trixie Feather Waggler') is basically a fifty centimeter length of flexible black plastic with a bunch of coloured feathers attached to the end. Cost-wise, the product can be picked up for under a pound from most pet shops, or £2.29 for the three stick multipack.
Using the Waggler
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In practical terms, you simply need to wave the toy around on the floor to excite your pussy (cat). The moggie just loves this particular toy, and it's great for the owner too - you can sit it one place and wiggle it without expending too much energy, and because of its length, there's no chance of your fingers being scratched either. The cat gets the most enjoyment from the toy when I chuck it behind the sofa, and she runs after it and carries it back out again - it's a game she could play all day long if I had the patience.
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If the toy does have a particular downside, it's probably the fact that it will break fairly easily. Although the plastic is bendy, it seems to be a little brittle at the same time, and can suddenly snap without any warning. I think i've had about six of these toys over the last two or three years, and only one has lasted for more than a couple of months - then again, for the price, the toy isn't exactly costly to replace. The other problem is the fact that the feathers can be removed quite easily by an overly boisterous cat - I've actually got one at the moment with just one feather attached to it. Problems aside, the Trixie Fathered Pole Cat Toy is a fun product which the cat loves messing around with - highly recommended.