Cat’s Meow Electronic Cat Toy vs. Undercover Mouse Automatic Cat Toy

Post Published on March 22, 2016 | Last Updated on October 19, 2019 by Jenny

Cat’s Meow Electronic Cat Toy vs. Undercover Mouse Automatic Cat Toy

Murphy with Undercover Mouse

Long ago my Aunt Nicky gave my mom the Undercover Mouse electronic cat toy for Caymus and Murphy.  I “borrowed” it from my parents house, so Charlie and Trigg could play with it…and let’s just say it never made it back to my parents’ house.

The Undercover Mouse and the Cat’s Meow are electronic cat toys where a “mouse tail” moves in random and unpredictable directions under a circular yellow nylon cover.  They each have three different speeds.

The Undercover Mouse was an electronic cat toy made by Panic Mouse.  Panic Mouse sold their patents and shortly afterwards the Cat’s Meow appeared as an As Seen on TV product.  You could also buy it at CVS, Walgreens, Wal-mart and more.

I “bought” the Cat’s Meow over a month ago on Amazon with the gift cards I earned from doing Swagbucks (you can read a post about How to Get Free Pet Products here).

I was weary to get the Cat’s Meow because the reviews vary greatly from people loving it to people talking about what a piece of trash it can be.  But I found it pretty darn similiar to our experience with the Undercover Mouse.  We have loved, loved, loved the Undercover Mouse.  The only big complaint I have is that the Cat’s Meow requires three C batteries, whereas the Undercover Mouse only required 3 AA batteries.  And the Cat’s Meow’s battery power is far less in longevity compared to the Undercover Mouse.  We have the Cat’s Meow V3, in case that’s helpful – I have linked to the Amazon listing below as well.

The positive to the Cat’s Meow is that it doesn’t make the “knocking” noise that the Undercover Mouse makes when the cats stop the wand with their paw – halting the motor.  Rather it is much more silent.

I have included videos below of my Ragdoll cats, Charlie and Trigg, playing with the Undercover Mouse and then also a comparison video between the two automatic electronic cat toys:

Our Undercover Mouse Toy Videos on YouTube:

Cat’s Meow Electronic Cat Toy vs. Undercover Mouse Cat Toy Review Comparison:

Buy the Cat’s Meow:

Do you have the Undercover Mouse or the Cat’s Meow for your kitties?  Do they like it?

Another similar toy is the SmartyKat Hot Pursuit Cat.  We have not tried this one – have you?

SmartyKat Hot Pursuit Cat Toy Concealed Motion Toy

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9 thoughts on “Cat’s Meow Electronic Cat Toy vs. Undercover Mouse Automatic Cat Toy

  1. HP White says:

    Hi. Our cat loves it, but some dust and gunk has gotten in and I would like to take it apart to clean it. Any instructions on that?

  2. Teresa Reid says:

    We have the Cat’s Meow and they love it. Same here that the batteries run down really fast, but that’s OK because they get tired of it and so it goes to “sleep” for a while/ We take it back out again after Mama gets more batteries! Great review Jenny – Caymus, Murphy, Charlie and Chiggy!♥♥♥

  3. LeanneR says:

    I have the Cat’s Meow here in Australia as I am not sure if the Undercover Mouse was available here. Mr Darcy loves playing with it and it has been such a success, we have given two other friends with cats the Cat’s Meow and they all love it too.

    The only problem I have is that it goes through the batteries quite quickly but I am getting rechargable ones so hopefully they will work well.

    • Jenny says:

      While I wish it wasn’t so, I am glad to hear I am not the only one dealing with battery issues with the Cat’s Meow.

  4. Beth says:

    Haven’t seen the Undercover Mouse, Smarty Kat or V3 Meow… but we’re on our second ordinary Meow and have a backup waiting in the original box. The Cat’s Meow is the best self-propelling toy we’ve ever bought our kitties! My neighbor and I ordered the first set as a “buy one, get one free” deal 2 1/2 years ago. The battery situation was a nuisance at first, but we stocked up on those. Our cats lose interest from time to time but, after short breaks, we turn the machine on and they love it all over again. Four Paws Up rating, for sure 🙂

    • Jenny says:

      yes, i agree that they can lose interest, that’s why we put ours away for a few months. love that you and your neighbor did the B1G1 – thank god for great neighbors!

  5. Patti Johnson says:

    Great comparison review, Jenny! We actually have that Cat’s Meow toy pictured (with the purple cover) that our very sweet Teresa Reid gifted to Miss Pink Sugarbelle a few months ago. THANKS, AGAIN, Sweet T!!!! Unfortunately, Miss PSB isn’t quite sure what to do with it other than just sit and watch it. I’ll take it out again soon and try again with her but she’s so finicky about what she’ll play with and sleep on. I don’t think she’s much for automated play time (even when I try to encourage her with it). She really likes the interactive “fetch” and “fishy pole” (wand toys) play time with my hubby and I the best. 🙂 <3

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Patti,

      The one photographed at the bottom of the post is the SmartyKat Hot Pursuit, not the Cat’s Meow…but that’s me being annoying with specifics. It’s totally the same concept.

      Sounds like the Sugs likes playing with her momma!


      • Patti Johnson says:

        Doink. My mistake. Yes, that’s what we have. Yes, Sugs (lurve that nickname!) definitely lurves to play with her momma (it’s awesome!)! 🙂 <3

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