A couple of weeks ago we picked up a cat scratcher called Scratch-N-Maze. It is basically a scratcher and toy in one. It has a ball inside with one hole on top and several along the sides.
When we brought it home we should have just put it down and left it alone but instead we put a little catnip on it. This, of course, got the cats artificially interested in it. They were mostly interested in the catnip and not the scratcher or the toy. Since we had to go out again, we decided to wait and see how they liked it after the catnip effect wore off.
When we got home we found the Scratch-N-Maze pulled apart, catnip everywhere, and the ball on the floor. Not what we expected after two hours.
Since then I saw Chris playing with the ball through the holes once and I have yet to see either cat use it as a scratcher. This may be a great item for some cats but for ours, I would give it two paws down.
Good grief you may been better off just giving them the box it came in…I often wonder if the majority of companies assume cats are stupid and easily amused!! hmmmm :).
I think a lot of money is made by people who buy to try. Once word gets out, they start over with something else.
Sounds like it might be a Nigerian scam company..try it then take off…..;)
And we fell for it.
Dang! don’t we all 🙂
The toys the humans think we are going to like the most are usually the last ones we play with. Give us a pen, pencil or bag tie and we are happy. We also love our crunchy balls, but we immediately lose them under the fridge, stove and dressers. We bet the manufacturers of kitty toys do product testing, but as cats we know each of us is unique, so unless you test every kitty on the planet, your invention can flop just as easily as succeed. Donate this toy to your local shelter or rescue. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo
That is true. Chris used to love bottle caps. When we moved a couple of years ago, I found 8 or 10 under the curio cabinet. Donating it is a great idea. I’m sure there is a cat out there somewhere that would enjoy it.
I’d go with donating too. Shame they didn’t play with it that much!