Fishing for Fun: Interactive Cat ToysPublished April 17, 2009
One of the best things about being owned by a cat is the delight we experience when playing with them. I get such a kick out of hanging out with my kitties using interactive toys. Not only do my cats get a workout, but so do I. Often I get tired of playing far more quickly than they do.
One of their favorite toys is the "Feline Flyer". With feathers connected with a hefty piece of string to a "fishing pole" wand, a short chain connects them. The toy perfectly mimics a bird in flight, both in sound and motion. My cats leap into the air with such determination and accuracy which I suspect would have even made Rudolf Nureyev jealous of their talent. It is indeed a breathtaking sight to watch them as they attempt to catch the unsuspecting avian.
These toys are available at any large pet store and are quite cost effective. Feather replacements are available and one should keep several on hand, since cats often catch them in their mouths which ultimately diminish their flight capability.
Of course any toy involving string should be stored where your cats can't get to it when you're not around to supervise. However, my cats remember my hiding place, therefore when I open my dresser drawer where I stow the toy and they go into "hunt" mode immediately, waiting for the fun to begin.
Warning: These toys are highly addictive to cats!
For your viewing pleasure, watch this charming video uploaded to YouTube by Lnt999. Since he is using a real fishing pole, he added this important cautionary note, "This is a cheap fishing rod, with the fishing line taken off and replaced by thicker string used in the construction of vertical blinds, with a feather on the end. I suppose you could use any toy really.
The beauty of it is that you can then "Cast" the toy as far as you want, for extra fun. And you can "Reel it in" too. Hours of fun with this! DON'T USE FISHING LINE WITH YOUR CAT, IT'S DANGEROUS!!!
Do you use "Flyers" or other interactive toys with your cats? Leave a comment and share.