The folks over at JW Pets were kind enough to send us a Cataction Magneticat Cat Toy to product test.
The Cataction Magneticat is a great idea for a toy – as you can see from the photo, it has a red base, and then a yellow wire that extends over the base. Dangling from the yellow wire is a lady bug on a string. The lady bug has a magnet in it and then the opposing magnet is in the base, so in other words, the lady bug moves around because of the forces of the opposing magnets. To get a better idea of how that works, please watch these videos of Charlie and Trigg playing with the Cataction Magneticat.
Although the logic behind the Cataction Magneticat Cat Toyis quite brilliant, I wouldn’t run out and buy it for your 5-year old or older cat. I think it is ideal for a kitten or kittens, so perhaps it would be best used in a shelter or in a breeder’s home. Ragdolls especially get too big for this toy. Not to mention that they also lose interest in it! The videos above were hard to capture because I had to get the lady bug moving in order for them to play with it.
At the same time, all cats are different and at about $8.00 for the toy, it is worth the shot. If it doesn’t work out, you can always donate it to your local shelter.
What We Liked:
- Simple Assembly
- Sturdy Base
- Opposing Magnet Idea
- Quality of Lady Bug (not easily destructible)
- No motor or batteries are needed
What We Disliked:
- Size of toy, could be larger for larger cats
- Lack of interest the cats had in the toy.
A review I read online said that older cats really like this toy because they can lay down and play with it still. She also said that she took the lady bug off (by untying the string) and put it in a container of catnip to make it more enticing to her kitty, which is probably a wise idea.