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Hexbug Cat Toy Review 2024: Pros, Cons & FAQ

Written by: Cassidy Sutton

Last Updated on June 24, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

Hexbug Cat Toy Review

Hexbug Cat Toy Review 2024: Pros, Cons & FAQ

Review Summary

Our Final Verdict

We give Hexbug Cat Toy for Cats a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Build Quality: 4/5
Battery Life: 2/5
Noise 5/5
Price 3.5/5

Let’s face it: cats are challenging to shop for. They like a toy one second, tossing it aside the next like it’s yesterday’s litter. Several cat toys exist for your picky feline, but it helps to know what to expect before you buy the toy. Who wants to waste money?

In this review, we’re looking at Hexbug—a micro-robotic toy company. They usually make toys for children, but they have a few cat toys worth looking into, like the robotic mouse. This toy is a remote-controlled chase and pounce toy made in China. It’s a “natural” way of letting your house panther hunt while squeezing in some cardio.

They have two versions of this toy. One is the mouse, and the other is rectangular shaped to look like an insect. Both versions are nice toys with a few drawbacks. By the end of this review, you should know if the toy is worth buying for your house panther.

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Hexbug Nano Robotic Cat Toy

Pros
  • Great exercise and mental stimulation
  • Batteries included
  • Quiet
  • Comes in different colors
Cons
  • Small item for the price
  • Poor battery life
  • Doesn’t work on carpet
  • Can’t correct itself after flipping

Specifications

  • Type: Electronic
  • Size: 6 x 0.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Material: Plastic, rubber
  • Lifestage: Adult

“Natural” Playtime and Exercise

If your cat is on the chubby side, this could be a great option to help your cat burn calories. The remote-control toy is quick on hard flooring, stimulating your cat to chase the prey.

It’s also great mental stimulation, as it mimics the natural motion of a mouse or insect better than other mechanical toys. There’s no whiny, mechanical noise, either.

Fun for the Cat, Annoying for the Owner

Cats love this toy, but owners get annoyed faster than the cat can pounce.

First, the toy doesn’t work on the carpet. If you live in an all-carpet household, you’re out of luck with this toy. Second, the mouse is smaller than the images portray, so it quickly gets stuck under couches, refrigerators, and ovens. You’ll have to fish it out from a difficult-to-reach space eventually. Even if it doesn’t get stuck, you’ll have to correct the mouse after it flips.

You also can’t leave the toy on and leave your cat be. You must operate the toy using the remote, and fur often gets caught in the wheels. It’s a fun toy for the cat but not ideal for owners.

Materials and Safety

The robotic mouse toy is made of synthetic materials like plastic and rubber. The rectangular version is plastic.

Mostly, it’s a safe toy for the cat, except the pesky tail likes to break. Some cats lose interest when this happens, and some cats were reported to have eaten the tail. Keep a close eye on this toy if you have small children or a cat with an appetite.

Aside from these concerns, you and your cat should be fine.

cat plays with a toy
Image By: Ekaterina Kolomeets, Shutterstock

Battery and Price

The biggest con with this toy is its size. The toy has a battery, but sometimes it doesn’t initially work, and it doesn’t last long—between 24 hours and 3 days.

You can’t charge the battery, but you can replace it with a one-button cell AG13/LR44 battery. Of course, this means you’ll spend more money on the already pricey product.

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What Do I Do When the Battery Dies?

You can replace the battery with one button cell AG13/LR44 battery.

How Fast Does This Mouse Toy Move?

It doesn’t have an exact speed but moves back and forth in a circular motion on hard flooring.

A playful cat with toys
Image By: MonikaDesigns, Pixabay

How Long Does the Battery Last?

The battery lasts 1–3 days, depending on how often your cat plays with the toy. It could last longer, however.

Are Hexbug Toys Safe for Cats?

Hexbug toys are safe for cats. Some toys can lose pieces and pose a choking hazard for small animals and children. The robotic mouse toy tends to lose its tail often.

Do Cats Like Remote Control Mice?

Generally, cats like remote control mice if the mouse isn’t noisy and moves smoothly. All cats are different, so your cat may prefer another toy type.

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What the Users Say

Those who have purchased this toy say their cats love the little mouse. Cats chase the toy all over the house, and owners like how naturally the toy moves compared to other mechanical toys.

Owners don’t like how often they have to intervene to clean fur out of the wheels or retrieve the toy from the great unknown. Other owners say the toy isn’t worth the price because you must constantly replace the battery. The battery the toy comes with may not work at all. If the mouse were a rechargeable toy, owners would feel different.

Overall, the toy works well in certain circumstances, and cats are happily burning calories. If Hexbug fixed the battery issues, we’d definitely see more positive reviews.

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Conclusion

This toy could be worth buying if you’re looking for a toy to help exercise your cat. You have to have hard flooring and be willing to retrieve it from difficult-to-reach places. It may not be ideal for owners, but that’s not the point. Cats go wacky anytime you turn this toy on, so we feel it’s at least worth a try.

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