Are there any good robotic cat toys?
September 8, 2013 10:33 AM Subscribe
We have decided it's important for our cats to make the transition from outdoor cats to indoor cats - they're doing OK with it, but they want to play for hours
, and we don't have the attention span to dangle a string in front of them all day. Given that we now live in the future, I assume there must exist some good robotic mice, birds or insects or something. Anyone have any good recommendations?
posted by 0x006DB0 to pets & animals (13 answers total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
One of our cats disappeared a month before we moved from California to Texas, and we didn't get him back for 2.5 months due to extensive postering we did before we left. We're understandably skittish about letting them go outside again, but they clearly miss chasing bugs, birds and other vermin that we're not super interested in having in our house. About a year ago one of them saw a pincer bug come out of the drain in our shower and he still jumps in the shower and will look at the drain for 30-45 minutes at a time. The other one has gained about 50% of her body mass.
I think they'd really like a robotic mouse, bird, snake or insect. Something that we can put some batteries in or charge up and let loose in our house that'll just run around. One added difficulty is that we've got carpets in our new place, so if it's on wheels, they can't be those little hot wheels dealies, they've got to be a bit more rugged.
Have any of you had good experiences? We really want to create satisfying play time for our cats so we won't feel so bad about keeping them inside, and we'd strongly prefer that it be automated, because they have way more appetite for play than we can accommodate ourselves.