I’m not lazy. I am perfectly happy tossing furry mousies, dangling fishing pole feathers and otherwise entertaining my four cats. But when I first saw the FroliCat FLIK, an electronic string flinging cat toy, I knew I had to try it.
The company sent me a sample, and after inserting 3 AA batteries, I turned it on and set it on the family room floor. The white disk-shaped object sat there like a non-functional Roomba, flicking a foot-long neon green string. A whirring mechanical noise accompanied each twitch.
The sound was a siren call to my kitties, and soon all four of my cats were mesmerized by the machine. Elsa Clair swatted first. A few misses and she pinned the string to the floor. A soft complaint emanated from the machine. When nothing exciting happened, Elsa Clair lifted her paw and the string whipped away.
Fascinated, Athena waited her turn -ÔÇô or maybe she waited until Elsa Clair’s back was turned ÔÇô- and then she pounced. Calvin watched, and Dawn was intrigued from a distance.
The toy was a hit, or at least a swat, for my kitties. I tried it in a few different places in the house, and it didn’t take long for the cats to come running as soon as they heard the characteristic whir.
I live with four cats (and three dogs). I have only two hands. If you do the math, you’ll understand why it might be hard to entertain and provide exercise and mental stimulation for my entire menagerie. In the past, I’ve resorted to all kinds of workarounds, like holding a cat fishing pole in each hand, with another one stuck in my back pocket while I kick a crinkle ball with my left foot. Trust me; it’s not a pretty sight.
A toy like the FroliCat FLIK is ideal to remedy this situation. It can entertain a couple of felines while I play with the others. It might also be handy if you need to keep a cat occupied and out from under foot while you’re busy doing something, like cooking a meal for your human family or cleaning up bits of disemboweled bunny stuffie that no dog will admit to knowing anything about.
And of course there’s the entertainment value: watching your cat as he or she tries to figure out where the string disappears to, and then pouncing on it when it flicks.
FroliCat FLIK by Radio Systems retails for $24.95 and is available at many pet supply stores.
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About the author: Susan C. Willett is a writer, photographer, and blogger whose award-winning original stories, photography, poetry, and humor can be found at Life With Dogs and Cats. A technophile who who admits to rhapsodizing over an excellent user interface, she lives in New Jersey with three dogs and four cats (all rescues) and at least a couple of humans — all of whom provide inspiration for her work and who are willing subjects in testing tech. Refusing to take sides in the interweb’s dogs vs. cats debate, Susan enjoys observing the interspecies interaction among the varied inhabitants of her home — like living in a reality TV show, only furrier. In addition to Life With Dogs and Cats, you can find more Lilah, Jasper, and Tucker (and the rest of the gang) on Haiku by DogÔäó, Haiku by CatÔäó, and Dogs and Cats Texting.