Allegra and The Play-n-Squeak Wand

As you know from Allegra’s last post, she is most definitely not lacking for toys.  Nevertheless, I was delighted when the folks at Play-n-Squeak products offered to send us a couple of their new Play Wand toys for Allegra to test.  And Allegra was over the moon with excitement when the toys arrived.

These folks know cats.  The press release announcing these toys was titled “The Tiger Inside:  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Hunter” – a clever header for explaining that these toys are designed to encourage indoor cats to exercise their natural hunting instincts.   For our indoor cats, who don’t have to worry about hunting down their dinner, toys take the place of prey, and the best toys are those that mimic prey behavior.  The toys that do this best are interactive, fishing-pole type toys.   They not only make it easy to encourage cats to play, but because they require a human on one end of the toy, they also strengthen the bond between cat and human.

The Play-n-Squeak wands incorporate everything kitties love in a toy.  We tested the Tiger Teaser©.  It consists of a nice, sturdy handle with an equally sturdy, thick rope attached to it. It has a feathery tuft at the top of the pole and a fuzzy mouse at the dangly end.  Not only is the mouse stuffed with catnip, but it’s got some kind of electronic gadge inside that is motion-activated and meant to mimic the squeak of a real mouse.  Even though it sounded more like a bird to me, it certainly got Allegra’s attention.  The mouse squeaks each time it’s batted, and even when it’s just swung through the air or dragged along the floor and furniture.  Allegra couldn’t decide what she liked better:  the sqeaking mouse, or the feathery tuft at the top of the rod.  I actually managed to exhaust her with this toy – not an easy feat.

When you play with your cat using an interactive toy, whether it’s the Play-n-Squeak or any number of other fishing pole toys on the market, try to imitate the hunt.  Make it interesting for you cat.  Drag the toy across the floor, up and down furniture, around corners, up and down stairs.  Let your cat catch the toy occasionally to keep it fun for her.  When you’re ready to end the play session, don’t stop abruptly, instead, slow the toy down, pretending it’s a wounded animal that is getting tired.  Let your cat catch the toy one last time before you put it away.  Never leave interactive toys out for your cat to play with on her own, they should only be used when you can supervise.  Cats can easily get tangled up in the strings and ropes of these toys if they play on their own.

Allegra’s review:  Weeee!!!!!!  Super fun toy!!!!!  Four paws up!!!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu9HfdBhcYg

The Play-n-Squeak wands toys are available online or at pet retailers near you.

9 Comments on Allegra and The Play-n-Squeak Wand

  1. Debbie
    July 18, 2010 at 5:44 pm (9 years ago)

    Well, I polled our 4 , plus one foster kitty, and they all agreed that feather toys are the most fun for kitties. Add a dangle and a squeak, and you are way over the top!!! 🙂

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  2. Mary
    July 18, 2010 at 2:15 pm (9 years ago)

    Probably the ultimate favorite cat toy is a cardboard box, but the Play-n-Squeak is a close second.

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  3. Ingrid
    July 14, 2010 at 4:40 pm (9 years ago)

    Aww, thanks, Layla! She is a pretty girl. I can’t believe how fast she’s growing – she’s lost that lanky kitten look already.

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  4. Layla Morgan Wilde AKA Boomer Muse
    July 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm (9 years ago)

    It’s good to see Allegra having fun and she’s growing more beautiful every week!

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  5. caren gittleman
    July 14, 2010 at 10:48 am (9 years ago)

    My Cody would love one of those! I have to check them out!

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  6. Mason Canyon
    July 14, 2010 at 8:16 am (9 years ago)

    What a neat toy. I’ll have to check into getting this for my kitties. they love to chase things. Love the video.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  7. Marg
    July 14, 2010 at 7:23 am (9 years ago)

    That does look like a super toy. I know the cats here would love that one and we are excited that Allegra likes it so much. Allegra, that was a super review of the toy. I especially like the post that the toy is is on. So many of these toys have skinny posts and very skinny string that I always worry is going to get wound around their legs or neck. But that toy looks very sturdy. We just might have to get one of those. Thanks for the info.

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