Dirk and the Neko Flies Kragonfly

* Originally written by me for katzenworld.co.uk

Dirk loves fishing rod style toys. Visitors are always surprised how fast he runs when they see him chasing these toys πŸ™‚

Up until now feather toys were his favourites, but there’s competition: Neko Flies insects. Dirk has a Kragonfly but there’s a whole series! I’m sure he’d love all of them and swapping attachments is a great idea to keep your cat interested for longer. Definitely worth checking out a few of the others (though the spider is not for me…)

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I was initially a bit worried Dirk might not like this new toy. It is fairly small – though bigger than an actual insect πŸ˜‰ – and doesn’t make much noise when you let it fly. Admittedly, our cats might pick up on a sound it makes that we humans can’t hear.

I needn’t have worried. Like most cats Dirk loves chasing real flies or ladybugs (as well as digital ones on a tablet…).
Obviously when it you move the Kragonfly the air moves and Dirk’s whiskers were alerted immediately!

The Neko Flies Kragonfly is delicate, but well-made. Dirk pounces it, bites it, drags it across the room and it still isn’t broken.
One of the things I love doing is incorporating Dirk’s climbing towers when we play with this toy. Fishing rod style / flying toys are perfect for this! Dirk runs after it, jumps up for it and now also climbs up to reach it. It’s fun for both of us πŸ™‚

What better way to finish an insect hunting session than chilling with it in your hammock?

Dirk chasing yet another fake rodent

* Originally written by me for katzenworld.co.uk

Dirk and I previously reviewed Frolicat’s Cheese toy which Dirk loves playing with. This time Dirk and I played with Frolicat’s Rolorat: a robotic rat.

This toy will appeal to cats that are triggered by chasing laser lights and cats that enjoy playing with moving toys will also like this. When you switch the rat on its eyes light up and the tail starts moving. Then the rat starts rolling around the room occasionally stopping to move the tail and flicker the light in its eyes.

Dirk was properly intrigued by this moving toy though he mainly stuck to observing it when it was switched on. He’s not keen on laser light toys so that didn’t trigger him to play with it. He kept a close eye on it though! As soon as I switch it off he starts playing with it.

I guess kittens will love chasing this toy around the room when it is switched on. More mature cats, like Dirk, might play with it more when it is off. Dirk quite likes kicking it, jumping on top of it from a hidden position and pouncing or biting the tail.

An unintended game that Dirk enjoys as well is when I hold the rat up by its tail – it has a pretty long tail – and swing it around or drag it across the floor. He’s always up for a game of chase!

Kitten owners: I definitely recommend this one! It will provide hours of entertainment for you and your kitty πŸ™‚

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Dirk and his 4Cats Cuddly Dolphin

* Originally written by me for katzenworld.co.uk

4Cats has got yet another great cuddly toy filled with catnip. They really know what cats love!
This one is in the shape of a dolphin, so not only is it soft and cuddly it looks cute too πŸ™‚

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You’d think the effect of catnip wears off after repeated exposure or as your cat ages, but that is certainly not the case!
Every time I give Dirk a new catnip toy he’s super excited. This one was no exception. Dirk likes biting or pouncing it or rubbing his head all over the toy. He doesn’t kick it as much as some other toys, but I suspect that’s because this one is so soft it triggers a different type of behaviour.

The sweetest thing is that Dirk likes to toss the toy in my direction as if he wants us to play with it together πŸ™‚
I say ‘as if’ because I’m under no illusion that he really only wants me to give it to him or make him chase it… He’s trained me quite well!!

So head over to the Katzenworld shop and get your cat a cute dolphin to sink their claws or teeth into!

Head over to the Katzenworld shop to get one of these for your cat!

Dirk and his new (or Mew) Kicker toy

Lucky Dirk has got a brand new kicker toy! I saw these gorgeous toys at the Cat Extravaganza in London and couldn’t resist buying him one. Not just because this toy, and all other From Me to Mew toys look great but also because they are handmade by Paige.

The fabric can withstand some vigorous kicking and the toy has great quality catnip inside. It drives Dirk a bit mad πŸ˜‰

There are many different colours/patterns of this toy and I gave one to a friend of Dirk’s as well. She loves it just as much!

Click here to visit the From Me to Mew shop and buy this kicker toy or any of the other handmade cat toys!

Hunting games

As I wrote in a previous blog, it is important that we keep our indoor cats happy. Most indoor cats enjoy playing hunting games. The most suitably toys are the ‘fishing rod’ type toys. They come with many possible attachments.

Dirk loves the ones that look like insects or feathers. The feathers spin around and swish through the air mimicking an actual bird. Dirk interest is piqued as soon as he hears the swish swish of the feathers.

Another thing cats like: swap toys or attachments during a play session. This will renew your cats interest in the game and keep them active a bit longer.

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