The Bird Catcher PRO EX! Feather Cat Wand Toy Review

| January 21, 2014 | 22 Comments

The Bird Catcher PRO EX and Chiggy FlyingPets Can Play sent us the The Bird Catcher PRO EX! to review.  We had previously reviewed their The Bird Catcher Pro.

They also sent us a 5 Pack Super Guinea Fowl Feather Refill Replacement and a 5 Pack of Ultra Goose Feather Super Refills for this feather cat wand toy.

The Bird Catcher PRO EX! is an excellent interactive cat toy that provides exercise for cats and is also retractable for easy storage.  It is a cat wand toy that retracts to a size that is easy to store.  It comes with attachments that feature an elastic string with a collection of feathers at the end of it.  The way that the wand toy moves is very similar to how a bird might fly through the air, which entices a kitty’s natural instincts.

I love these feather wand toys because you can create erratic flight patterns and really get The Bird Catcher PRO EX and Chiggy Flyingyour kitty going.  I love randomly moving the feather to see how my cats react the best.

In our final review video below, you’ll see Charlie and Trigg doing flips and twirls and even hauling it away in their mouth.

IMPORTANT! – When you’re not playing with your kitty, put the Bird Catcher Pro away and out of reach.

 

You can buy the The Bird Catcher PRO EX! on Amazon for $32.95.

Arrival video of the The Bird Catcher PRO EX!:

Final Review video of the The Bird Catcher PRO EX!:

We received the The Bird Catcher PRO EX! for review from the manufacturer.  Receiving the free product did not influence this post.

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. ChristyB says:

    I love the pictures of Chiggy jumping and watching the way he plays in the video! Prossimo is like Charlie and 90% of the time exercises from a prone position. I’m the same way though – I would fully commit to an exercise regime that I could do from a bubble bath with a pint of ice cream in one hand!

    I’m totally adding the ProEx to my wish list (dang you Jenny!). I live in a very small space so I love the storage aspect. Right now, the cat wand toys are stored in my utility closet with brooms, mops and the like. From a human aspect I totally think the peacock and guinea feathers would look great in my house!

    Unfortunately Prossimo is terrified of the dowel on the Mountain Cat Trees one I bought a couple of weeks ago. He’ll play for about 30 seconds and look up to realize it’s the dowel and he takes off, looking behind him terrified that the evil dowel will catch up to him until he finds someplace to hide. I’ve doused it in cat nip spray and left it on the floor for him to explore but that’s not alleviating his fear.

    I kind of like the idea of elastic because I think I could make it bounce a bit when it’s “caught”.

    • Jenny says:

      oh man, i read your comment this morning and was laughing and laughing.

      man, you described the scared thing, so well! my mom’s murphy is like that with ANYTHING metal. sorry to hear he doesn’t like it – so interesting and you did the right thing by leaving it out for him to investigate.

      yes, i can see that about the elastic. i still don’t like it.

      • ChristyB says:

        It’s totally a bummer but I’m sure my Mom or sister can use it. I ordered the Tiger Teasers & Cork Bunnies today since he seems to like furry toys better so we’ll see.

        I’m starting to see a trend in the toys he likes – the cheap and ugly stuff (see #2 & #3). His top 5 favorites are:

        1. A recycled mink mouse from Etsy ($3 and he’s NUTSO for it)

        2. A homemade cardboard tunnel

        3. A homemade play house made from a large cardboard box!

      • Dementia Boy says:

        I wonder if there would be interest in a blog about quirky cat phobias? We’ve discussed thunder, but I think that’s fairly normal. I mean, there are “thunder shirts.” To the best of my knowledge, there aren’t “dowel shirts” or “metal shirts.”

        One of the great loves of my life, Puck, was terrified of vinyl flooring and ice cubes. He found creative ways to escape the Evil Vinyl, but the ice cube experience required Valium. When we moved up the hill, no vinyl.

    • Dementia Boy says:

      Lalalalaughing at your proposed exercise regimen, which is similar to mine.

      “I kind of like the idea of elastic because I think I could make it bounce a bit when it’s “caught”.” I’ve removed most of the doors from my house. I thought it would be fun–my motto: “It seemed like a good idea at a time”–to screw clips into one of the door frames from which elastic was suspended with fun toys at the bottom. I think I had seven or eight of these. I could not walk down the hall without encountering an IED.

  2. Great review!

    I’m gonna have to GET one of those for my two Ragdolls as well.

    Are the feathers easy to chew off? ‘Cause Nico LOVES feathers and sometimes chews them off, lol.

  3. patricia says:

    i love that picture of trigg.. he’s totally off the ground and you can see his muscles and his little hand open.. he’s so athletic!! my cats would love these too. they really like the wand toys. and i agree with christy.. you do great marketing jenny. i want to buy everything you review and like. your cats do a great job too. the fact that you can break these down to a tiny package is awesome for those of us with VERY limited space.

    • Jenny says:

      thanks – that’s a screen shot from the video. it is soo fun! i love his little hand reaching for it – makes me want to scream, “you’re so F-ING cute!”‘

      pets can play was really smart with this one – retractable. genius.

  4. Great review! Another great wand toy!

    Lurve those videos! Triggy is so athletic. What a great video with him jumping up into the air like he has springs on all four paws! lol

    Also, lurved Charlie hauling off the “prize” to the bathroom. Hilarious! Pink Sugar loves to do that with her wand toys if I lose my grip on one when we’re playing. I have to follow her to get it back as she drags it down the hallway. So funny!

    Hey, those “mink mice” toys on Etsy look awesome! Big THANKS to Christy B.!!!!

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3 (who's now pestering me and whining that she needs a mink mouse…)

  5. Leanne says:

    Waiting for these to come to Australia. You are so lucky in the USA with the range of cat toys you get. The pet stores here have heaps of dog toys but difficult to get good cat things.

    I had to laugh at ChristyB’s comment about the favorites being the cheap and nasty stuff.

    Mr Darcy has a box of toys but his favorites are a stuff blue whale (from a McDonald’s Happy Meal, plastic shopping bags tied into a knot and ping pong balls.

  6. LeanneR says:

    Waiting for these to come to Australia. You are so lucky in the USA with the range of cat toys you get. The pet stores here have heaps of dog toys but difficult to get good cat things.

    I had to laugh at ChristyB’s comment about the favorites being the cheap and nasty stuff.

    Mr Darcy has a box of toys but his favorites are a stuff blue whale (from a McDonald’s Happy Meal, plastic shopping bags tied into a knot and ping pong balls.

  7. Nancy, H. says:

    Hi Jenny. Thanks for the great video. We have been using DaBird wand cat toy for some time now. My two rags( Sophie & Jedda) love it. I like the fact that with any wand toy we’re providing exercise for them.
    I am glad that you mentioned not leaving these out and about. We made that mistake once, and my Jedda(whose 11 mos old) destroyed it. He actually pulled the attached feather with the gold ring off the poll rendering it unusable. I really like the fact that the wand is retractable. Storage is a huge problem.
    I really appreciate the videos and reviews that you do. You & others share such valuable information with us. My only problem is that I want everything that you evaluate. Our family room looks like Disney World for cats. Thanks again.
    Nancy

  8. Lyn Johnson says:

    I’m thinking of buying this, but do you this it’s appropriate for a 10-week-old kitten? Or should I wait until she is a bit older to order?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Lyn,

      Please see my previous comments on Facebook and on the site – I am concerned about the 10-week old kitten – it shouldn’t be removed from it’s mom or siblings that young.

      With that said, it is appropriate to think of all toys as something a kitten can grow into. I think this would be fine for a kitten, if you drag it on the ground for s/he to chase.

      You might find our book most helpful – A Ragdoll Kitten Care Guide: Bringing Your Ragdoll Kitten Home
      Thanks,
      Jenny

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