Review: Neko Flies Ultimate Rod and Birbug

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This post is sponsored by Neko Flies*

Allegra and Ruby love their Neko Flies toys. The toys are developed and created by Ellen Tsuyuki, a multiple cat owner who was dissatisfied with toys available in the cat toy marketplace. Her company, Nekochan Enterprises, Inc., specializes in the development, manufacturing, and distribution of unique, high quality pet products. All of the Neko Flies attachments mimic critters cats might encounter in the wild – and let me tell you, the likeness to the real thing is almost a bit much for someone like me who is not at all fond of critters that crawl and fly!

We had a chance to review the newly redesigned Ultimate Rod and the Birbug attachment.

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Neko Flies Ultimate Rod

The Ultimate Rod is one of the nicest wand toy rods I’ve seen, and I see a lot of them. This telescoping Rod with an ergonomically designed cork handle that feels super nice to hold is really three rods in one. The string can easily be adjusted to three different lengths – 18, 25 and 32 inches – by attaching it to any of the four guides along the rod. It kind of looks like a fly fishing rod. Why does this matter? Because the different lengths of string give you lots of variety to keep your cats interested in playing.

Another thing I really love about this rod is that the string is nice and thick, and, unlike many other wand toys on the market, the clip to adjust or change out the toy is super easy to use.

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I found the longest length great for dragging the toy erratically around the house. Ruby in particular likes that style of playing. The medium length is great for making the attachment fly through the air, something that appeals to Allegra. The shortest length makes it easy to drag the toy up and down furniture and cat trees, something that can be awkward with wand toys with a long string.

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The Ultimate Rod can be used with all Neko Flies attachments. We received the Birbug and also a Kitticatterfly. I think it’s a toss up as to which one the girls love better – they’re both fantastic, and get used at our house almost every day. I think Ellen has outdone herself with the Birbug. She incorporated just about everything a cat could want in a toy into this critter. The wide, shiny, irridescent wings make the toy glide and fly in a very unique pattern. The critter has feathers and dangly legs, tail hairs and a body in colors cats can actually see.

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The Kitticatterfly shown in the photo above is a shimmering, irridescent butterfly with dangly legs. It’s been a long time favorite at our house.

You’ll have to excuse the poor quality of this video. it’s a little challenging to film with one hand while playing with the other!

For more information about the Ultimate Rod, Birbug and all of Neko Flies fabulous products, please visit NekoFlies.com.

*FTC Disclosure: I received these products for review at no charge. I also received a fee to feature these products. Receiving the free product and the fee did not influence my review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat will always reflect my honest and unbiased opinion. Or, as the case may be, Allegra and Ruby’s honest and unbiased opinion.

7 Comments on Review: Neko Flies Ultimate Rod and Birbug

  1. Deborah Barnes
    October 25, 2017 at 6:43 am (3 years ago)

    We’ve never had one of these…will definitely have to convince the human to add it to our “must have” list. Considering it’s good for our health and mind, she’ll be a pushover for sure! Purrs from the Zee/Zoey gang!

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  2. Johnny
    October 24, 2017 at 2:42 pm (3 years ago)

    I’ve been so tempted to grab one of these, it’s definitely on the list!

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  3. Allison
    October 24, 2017 at 10:08 am (3 years ago)

    These look fun! I checked out the Neko website and like their tunnel too. Thanks for the recommendations!

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  4. Sue Brandes
    October 24, 2017 at 9:04 am (3 years ago)

    My kitties would love this toy.

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  5. SaLLy
    October 24, 2017 at 7:25 am (3 years ago)

    I noticed that you have a Sleeky Lounge in the first photo. Do you know if those are still available? Also, this Neko toy is next on our list! It looks great.

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    • Ingrid
      October 24, 2017 at 3:41 pm (3 years ago)

      I don’t think they are available anymore, Sally.

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  6. Summer
    October 24, 2017 at 1:31 am (3 years ago)

    We have one of the older telescoping rods with a Birbug and it’s so much fun! How cool that the Nekoflies human has made it even better!

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