The Jackson Galaxy Butterfly Ball provides visual entertainment for your cat. The toy uses sensor-activated action to set the butterfly fluttering within the ball, which taps into your cat’s natural instincts to observe and track prey. The ball is weighted at the base so while it wobbles when your cats bat at it, it still stays upright.


Butterfly Ball Features

  • Weighted base keeps it upright and provides a fun wobble
  • As cats paw the ball, sensors cause the butterfly to flutter
  • Realistic butterfly keeps cats engaged
  • Requires 3 AA batteries (not included)

Putting the Butterfly  Ball to the test

To insert the batteries, you’ll need a small Phillips head screwdriver. Turn the switch to “on,” and you’re set. The butterfly is almost eerily realistic in terms of how it flutters and moves, and it certainly got the girls’ attention right away.

It took them a little while to figure out that the butterfly would start moving again if they pawed at the ball once it stopped fluttering. Once they got the hang of it, they had so much fun with it!

Allegra was more strategic about her play, while Ruby is more of a “pounce and see what happens” girl.

Since your kitties won’t ever be able to actually catch the butterfly, to avoid frustration, I recommend following up a play session with the Butterfly Ball with some treats so your cats can experience the full “hunt, catch, kill and eat” sequence.

The Jackson Galaxy Butterfly Ball is available from Amazon and Petmate.


*The Conscious Cat is an affiliate partner of Petmate and a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. This means that if you decide to purchase through any of our links, we get a small commission. We only spread the word about products and services we’ve either used or would use ourselves.  We received this product from Jackson Galaxy. Receiving the complimentary product did not influence our review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat will always reflect my honest opinion, or, as the case may be, Allegra and Ruby’s honest opinion.

6 Comments on Review: Jackson Galaxy Butterfly Ball by Petmate

  1. Betty johnson I purchased this a couple months ago and can’t get it open! I’ve tried 3 different screwdrivers and can’t open it to put batteries in!

  2. I purchased my second one. I was really disappointed to find that it has no flower decorations inside like the first one had. They really cheaped out. All it has is the butterfly now. It was expensive enough $50. with shipping and exchange rate so I think a couple of plastic flowers wouldn’t have been asking for too much do you?

  3. where can I purchase the butterfly ball other than amazon (shipping is too expensive) and how much is the ball.

  4. I love that butterfly ball; I might even think about dropping to the floor to join in! And these fun cat toys even entice me more, when I watch Allegra show off her skills batting at the ball and Ruby going in for the pounce routine. Great job girls!

  5. This looks like fun and it’s something my cats couldn’t destroy. they have been very destructive lately with the toys they have gotten.

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