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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.

Total Cost Breakdown

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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How to Use (Step by Step)

  1. Place Toy On Floor

    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.

  2. Turn On Toy

    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.

  3. Call Over Cat

    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.

  4. Shut Off and Put Away

    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.


  • Bright Green Shade

    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.

  • Virtually Indestructible

    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.

  • For All Ages

    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.

  • Lightweight

    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.

Positive Points

  • Ideal for Busy Owners

    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.

  • Stimulates Body and Mind

    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.

  • Fun For Children

    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.

Negative Points

  • Requires Batteries

    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.

  • Risk Of Stuck Paws

    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.

Wise Advice

Do not buy Pop N Play online before searching Amazon.
- Alternatives or the same items are always available and sometimes at lower prices.

Wise Advice

Do not buy Pop N Play online before searching Amazon.
- Alternatives or the same items are always available and sometimes at lower prices.

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Shelley MacGill - (Tualatin, OR)
Posted: 02 Sep 2019

Could be Better Engineered

Concept is good but missed the Mark. Motor is very noisy. No way to quiet it. It also should have a motion sensor on it so it automatically comes on when it senses a movement. The pop and play feature should also have a slower to faster feature. Disappointing.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

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py - (Bethany, OK)
Posted: 01 Sep 2019

I brought it home. I put in new c batteries. Turned it on. It did not work. So disappointed.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

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Natalie - (Sevierville, TN)
Posted: 01 Sep 2019

No Worth the Money

This no different than other toys that are made just like that for cats the bad part is cats like to get up and play at night and we are not up to turn it on at night the other thing is they get their claws caught in the feathers or the material and then de yanking it all over the place until you release them don't waste your money.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

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Jeffrey Ward - (Sarasota, FL)
Posted: 26 Aug 2019


Thanks for all the heads up I was going to get one for my friend but not now.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful.

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Susan Karichner
Posted: 07 Sep 2019

Got before I researched it. Out 20 bucks. All three kitten bored didn't get their attention at all.

Susan Luethje - (Chicago, IL)
Posted: 22 Aug 2019

Great Entertainment And Fun

I can spend hours watching my cat Mr. Binx entertained himself trying to catch that mouse. Entertainment for both of us😀 Wish There was a place to order replacement heads for the Pop and play, The Feathertop doesn’t last long when Cat gets a hold of them.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

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Gloria J Miller - (Newark, OH)
Posted: 19 Aug 2019

Purchase Extra Mouse & Feather

Can I purchase an extra mouse & feather for my cats Pop & play? Thank You.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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Paul and Bobbie - (Des Moines, IA)
Posted: 16 Aug 2019

Noisy Waste of Money!

We have two cats who are older but still love to play. We saw the “voice-over” ad for these and thought our cats would love them. We left the feather toy on one and switched the other to the mouse. We turned each one on one at a time, and neither cat was interested in either. The motors in these things are so noisy and repetitious, the cats would prefer to keep a distance ( t) It even drowns out the chirping sounds. The cats have ZERO interest after a week of attempts to get them to play. Sending them back, even though it will be about a $30 LOSS for shipping here and back! NOT RECOMMENDED!

13 of 13 people found this review helpful.

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Frank Petreust - (Mokena, IL)
Posted: 11 Aug 2019

Does not Work as it Should

I purchased the Pop N Play for my cats. After it arrived I bought the batteries needed to operate the unit. However, it doe not have any sound!
I'm very displeased.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

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Posted: 26 Jul 2019

Like others, the item was on backorder for weeks. When finally received, the box was retaped so you could tell that it had been returned before. When trying the birds chirp button we noticed it didn't work at all, probably why it was returned the first time. Also, the motor that makes the animal come out of its hole is so loud that our cat is afraid to come near it. All in all, a total waste of time and money.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful.

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Linda E Provetti - (Fountain Hill, PA)
Posted: 24 Jul 2019

Does this toy make sounds when on? Like music or something?

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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JanineC - (Palmetto, FL)
Posted: 30 Apr 2019

Pop N Play Cat Toy Company Disappeared

I never got the chance to try this product because right after I ordered it, they sent me an email saying they were on backorder and would be available after April 15th (about 4 or 5 weeks after I ordered it). After April 15th, they sent me another email saying my order was canceled. I tried to contact them, but their website and all their information were completely removed from the Internet. I understand companies go out of business, but this was very strange. No announcement or message left anywhere. It is as of they never existed. This review page is about all there is that proves they once existed. If anyone knows anything, please comment. Thank you.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful.

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Posted: 02 Jun 2019

I just tried to place an order and could not get to a person at all. And when I press the issue to talk to someone the anser machine hung up twice.

I did some checking and that web site has been up and down four (4) times and redirected.

watch out!

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