Product: Catit Senses Play Circuit
Price: $29.59 (I bought mine from My Pet Warehouse)
As the fur mama to two beautiful (but decidedly mischievous) indoor-only ragdoll cats, I’m always on the lookout for fun new kitty toys. So when I saw the Catit range online, naturally I earmarked it as an option for future birthday and Christmas pressies.
Now, a year later, (I’m indecisive and a late adopter … which means I take my sweet time making purchasing decisions!) I’m the proud owner of a Catit Senses Play Circuit and a Catit Food Maze (review coming soon).
So, what’s a Play Circuit? And will my cat care?
The Catit Senses Play Circuit is an interactive peek-a-boo style toy for kitties.
The official spiel from RSPCA World for Pets is: “Sight, sound and touch are key senses used when hunting prey. The Catit Design Senses Play Circuit incorporates all three and is specially designed to entice, engage and entertain a cat while appealing to his natural hunting instincts.”
But will your cat care? Well, I hope so. But let’s see how that intention translated in the real world.
Installation of the Catit Senses Play Circuit
Super easy. Just connect pieces together (that satisfying click noise will never get old) and voila you’re ready to go! I had it rocking and rolling in under five minutes. I also washed all of the parts beforehand, because, plastic.
Verdict: 4 stars
As you can see in the video, it kept my cats entertained for a few minutes. Which is actually fairly decent. Both of them have short attention spans (especially Tank, my older cat … #hedoeswhathewants) but I was impressed by how long they were intrigued by the Play Circuit. They also came back to it throughout the day and were willing to play if I gave the ball a little nudge.
Because they are quite finicky (okay, lazy. They’re lazy), I was happy with them having just a few minutes of play. My thought is that if they muck around with it for three-minutes at a time and do that four times throughout the day, they’ve had 12-minutes of mental stimulation and semi-physical exertion.
So, why didn’t I give it five stars? Well, while Catit have managed to entice my kitties’ prey drives, they missed one key thing: there’s no ‘win’ for the little guys.
A good toy gives a pet a sense of accomplishment. And especially for cats – who are born hunters – they need to feel like they’ve achieved something and earned their keep, so to speak. So when my younger cat became frustrated that he couldn’t ‘kill’ the ball in the Catit Senses Play Circuit, what did he do? Crash tackled my older cat. Obvs. Kitty warfare ON. And still going, in case you’re interested.
**Update, it’s now been a week since I introduced the Catit Senses Play Circuit and I’m pleased to report that they’ve been playing with it every day! I popped a smaller squishy ball onto the track that they can remove with their paws so this has addressed the ‘not-having-anything-to-attack’ dilemma and seems to prevent them from beating up on each other too. Success!
Would I recommend the Catit Senses Play Circuit?
Sure. The Catit Senses Play Circuit is great for younger cats and indoor cats that get bored easily. However, I would recommend supplementing their play with something they can ‘kill’ at the end, like a toy mouse or a squishy ball they can kick and bite.
Please note: I am not an affiliate for Catit or the Catit Senses Play Circuit and have no connection with the brand or business whatsoever. I paid for this item, in full, and am reviewing it because I think quality, trustworthy reviews on pet items are a valuable tool for pet owners. If you have any questions or comments about this review, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org