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Drive Your Pet Wild
Member Name: MollyWH
Advantages: Original, ferrets love it, excellent fun to watch your pet play with
Disadvantages: The motor doesn't seem able to cope with everyday use
Since keeping ferrets, I have discovered that they are a lot more hard work than I imagined. Mainly because they are just so playful and want to come out for a run every minute of the day. I feel guilty because they always have so much energy so I decided to stock up on some toys for them to play with.
About Wild Tail
The Wild Tail is a small ball with a feather attached. I think that the ball is quite big for a cat toy and this means it is suitable for cats, small dogs and ferrets.
The ball itself is about the size of a tennis ball and the feather is about 6 inches long and attached to the ball with a special 'pet safe' adhesive.
This toy is actually made in America and I bought it from Amazon for under £10 including postage which I did think was a little on the expensive side but I have since found that they also sell this on eBay where it is cheaper.
How Does It Work?
This toy is slightly different from other pet toys available as you actually need battery for it to operate properly, although having said that, my ferrets still happily play with it without the battery in. The toy takes one standard AA battery and once inserted, it makes the ball bounce around at all sorts of odd angles.
The Wild Tail
The ball itself is made from hard plastic and the feather is a real feather and attached very well to the ball. Half of the ball is blue and the other half is beige. I was worried that my ferrets would be able to pull the feather away from the ball as they are quite boisterous when they are playing so I gave it a good tug before giving it to them and was satisfied that it would not come away.
Inserting the battery is very easy, you simply twist the top of the ball anti-clockwise and it pops off. Inside there is a section where you place the battery and then you just screw the top of the ball back on and you ready to go!
What Did My Ferrets Think?
They absolutely loved it! They pounced on it almost immediately and were mesmerized by the fact that it jumped around randomly! It changes direction when you least expect it and they had such fun chasing it around and trying to make it stop. I let me two ferrets play with the ball for a good half hour when I first introduced them to it and they certainly didn't get bored with it. Diego picked it up by the feather and attempted to drag it in the opposite direction but of course the ball had other ideas and started randomly moving around which he seemed to love! I swear playing with this ball actually made them more hyperactive!
I do like this toy and I love watching my ferrets have a play with it as they really seem to enjoy themselves chasing it around and trying to drag it off. However, it does also have its downsides. The motor in the ball seems to get tired quite quickly and can jam up (poking the ball seems to kick it back into action though)
I like the fact that this toy is quite different from other toys on the market as it literally comes alive when you insert the battery and my animals (dog's included) are fascinated by the fact that it moves by itself!
I would recommend this toy to other people but only if you are prepared to spend a little over the top for a pet toy that may not last that long. I have only had this toy two weeks and my ferrets play with it once every other day and already the motor is having problems keeping up. You would like to think that the toy would have been designed to cope with use everyday but sadly this is not the case as I wouldn't expect to already be having problems with it after only two weeks.
Having said that, I think this downside is overridden by the fact that my ferrets have such fun with the ball and it certainly tires them out while they are having 'playtime' without too much effort from me. I can just sit back, relax and have a giggle at their response to the ball.
I do not like that fact that this ball is also for small dogs as I feel that feather would soon be ripped off by a dog. I know my dogs are interested in the ball but they are both medium sized dogs so I don't allow them to play with it but if they did, I am almost sure they would pull the feather off and try to eat it which obviously can't be very god for them!
Summary: Drive Your Pet Wild