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Feather Whirl

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Feather Whirl is a new toy that encourages cats to use its natural instincts to play. What's more is this product has an original feature that makes it different from many other toys: it almost constantly changes the pattern of movement. This means felines will not be able to predict which direction the feather is about to move in, giving it an extra level of enjoyment. The Feather Whirl can also encourage lazy cats to get moving and play with something, rather than sleeping all day. Made with Catnip which cats adore, the toy could prove to be rather irresistible.

The Claim

The infomercial claims that Feather Whirl is the brand new way for cats to play, so they are a lot less bored than usual. Made so that it does not break, this product is also manufactured using non-toxic plastic and is built to last. It also goes on to say that feline friends will never get bored as the feather won't repeat its pattern. This feature means kitties are more likely to pounce on and play with this unique toy. The infomercial also goes on to say that the Feather Whirl will provide a lot of entertainment for the whole family.

Total Cost Breakdown

The cost of Feather Whirl is $19.95 plus $9.95 shipping, for a total price of $29.9.
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Advantages

  • Entire Body Workout
  • If a cat finds this toy fascinating, they will be able to get a total body workout. Playing for hours with such a toy can both entertain a cat while giving it a healthy adrenaline rush. This means less work for the pet parent as they sit back and watch their pet have fun and get a workout.

  • Less Work for Pet Owners
  • Since this cat toy is automatic and battery operated, cat owners do not have to do any of the work. They are able to enjoy watching their pets play for hours with a toy without having to exert any energy. This can be a welcoming change for those who have disabilities or do not enjoy manually moving cat toys around for their cats.

Downfalls

  • Feathers May Fall Out
  • No matter how secure a company tightens feathers onto a cat toy, they are more than likely going to be pulled out by their users. Cats are known for their enthusiastic biting and pulling while playing - particularly young active cats. This means there is a high possibility of having feathers all over your floor within days – if not hours – of getting this new toy. However, since not all cats are such aggressive players, some toys will be spared such a fate.

  • Needs Batteries to Work
  • If the batteries that are includes die, make sure to have another pair handy. Thus, if your cat gets used to playing with toy so much that it wears out the battery, you may have to entertain your cat manually without battery replacements handy. To ensure this toy continues to provide your cat with entertainment, keep a spare set of AA batteries around.

How It Works

The Feather Whirl spins in spontaneous directions, whirling around the feathers at its tip. Additionally, the rounded base moves and shifts as the cat swats at the whirling feathers. When the cat lets go of the feathers, the base returns to its right-side up position and continues whirling the feathers around.

Alternatives

  • Frolicat Automatic Laser
  • This automatic cat toy shoots a laser in random directions for your cat. Since your pet never knows which way the laser will go, they will enjoy the spontaneity of this chase. However, not all cats like games in which there is nothing physical to chase and grab. For some cats, this type of toy can be frustrating.

  • Micro Mouse
  • Micro Mouse is a radio controlled toy mouse. The owner maneuvers the controls on the controller and is able to move the toy mouse forwards, backwards, left or right. This is also a battery operated toy.

Tips & Tricks

  1. Hide the Toy
  2. When not in use, do not leave the toy lying around. This way, your cat will not become accustomed to seeing it and will still be excited when you take it out for playtime. If it’s left outside all day, your cat might eventually get bored and no longer become excited even when it’s activated.

  3. Supplement it
  4. So your cat does not get bored easily with this toy, supplement it with other kinds of toys. You can use strings, lasers or catnip balls to give your cat more novelty.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does it Come With Anything?
  • Yes, the Feather Whirl comes with catnip, a laser, skitter critters and a bouncy mouse.

  • Is it Safe for Kids?
  • Yes. If kids want to help the cat play with this toy, it is completely safe and nontoxic to them.

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