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Pop N Play is a dome-shaped toy that offers a similar experience to the carnival game whack-a-mole, but the difference is that it's for cats. Once you place this toy on the floor on its flat, non-slip base and power it on, a toy mouse will begin to sporadically poke its head through the toy's several holes. The movement of this mouse has been designed to activate a cat's natural instinct to stalk prey, so when they notice this movement, your cat will likely begin to grab at the mouse.
The cost of Pop N Play is $19.99 plus $6.99 shipping. The special TV offer allows you to receive a second Pop N Play at the discounted price of only $9.99 for a total price of $36.97.
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The first thing you'll need to do is place this toy flat on the floor. Each one has a diameter about the same size as a standard soccer ball, so regardless of what room you use it in, it won't take up a lot of space. The base of each toy is sturdy and has been designed not to slip, which means you'll be able to use the toy as effectively on the carpet as you would on wood or tile.
Next, use the power button to turn on your Pop N Play. Keep in mind that you must make sure an appropriate set of batteries have been inserted in the toy first. Once you've turned it on, a toy mouse will begin to randomly poke its head through each of the toy's small round holes. There's also a feather attachment that you can exchange the mouse for (while the toy is off) if your cat loves feathers. The toy's base will not move as the mouse or feather moves.
If your cat hasn't already noticed the movement of the mouse (or feather) and run over, you'll need to call him or her over. They likely will immediately become interested in grabbing the mouse's head or the feather that keeps randomly appearing, but if not, you can demonstrate this action for them. Eventually, the majority of cats will get into the game, especially if you spray the toy with catnip spray to further entice them.
You'll be able to turn one of these toys off yourself with the power button when you think your cat is done playing. However, each one also has an automatic shut-off that will enable it to automatically turn off if your cat hasn't played for a particular period of time. Depending on your own neatness needs, you can either leave your Pop N Play on the floor when your cat's not playing or store it away. It may fit comfortably under one of your couches or chairs.
Each Pop N Play comes in a bright green shade that's been selected since it may remind cats of their natural instinct to stalk prey while out in nature.
The shape and design of this toy and the materials used to create it have rendered it virtually indestructible, even if a cat strikes at one aggressively with its paws. If your cat has a tendency to destroy fabric toys and other things around your home by attacking them with its claws, this toy probably will never be added to that list of items.
Cats of all ages (including kittens) will be able to enjoy playing with one of these toys, even if younger cats choose to play more intensely with theirs than senior cats do. Senior cats who are getting lazy and normally prefer to sleep instead of playing may have so much fun with the toy that they end up getting more exercise than they otherwise would. It's fine if two or three cats play with one of these toys at the same time, as long as they get along well enough that they won't end up scuffling with each other.
Although this cat toy is durable, each one also doesn't weigh more than a few pounds, so the vast majority of cat owners won't have trouble moving one from place to place. Furthermore, if you're taking your cat to the cottage, a friend's house or somewhere else where they might want to play, the toy will only take up about a foot of space in your vehicle.
Busy cat owners may not have time to toss a mouse to their cat or dangle a piece of yarn in front of them for hours. Yet, that doesn't mean the cat will have to put up with being bored. When you're going to be home but busy with chores, just turn on your cat's Pop N Play and they'll be able to play happily on their own for up to hours at a time. Plus, when you do happen to take a break from your work, you'll likely be entertained as you watch your cat play with the toy.
Playing with one of these toys will encourage a cat to exercise their mind as they try to figure out where the mouse or feather will pop out next and how they can catch it. Just as importantly, though, it'll also get a cat of any age off their couch or chair and exercising, making it less likely that a slim and trim cat will become overweight. If your cat is already overweight, playing with a Pop N Play may cause them to drop a few pounds, which may lead to an increased lifespan.
If you've got children living in your home, they may be just as excited to watch a cat play with one of these toys as the cat is to play with it. Some very young children aren't coordinated enough yet to offer a cat a string, a mouse or some other small toy, but with the Pop N Play, no coordination will be required from them. Instead, after an adult turns on the toy, they'll be able to sit back and watch the cat have fun as the toy does the work.
Unlike some cat toys, especially ones that require more human effort, this particular toy requires batteries to run. Therefore, you'll need to make sure you always have some suitable batteries on hand, or else your cat will be disappointed when they find out they can't play the game. It appears that even your first set of batteries won't be included with the toy.
If your cat gets too excited about grabbing the mouse or the feather that's popping out of one of these toys, one of their claws could get stuck to the mouse or feather. The cat could also end up getting their claws stuck in one of the toy's holes. For that reason, it isn't a good idea to let your cat play with one of these toys while you're not somewhere in or around your home. If you're out of the house completely, they'll need to find some other way to entertain themselves.
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