Cat Behaviorists and trainers agree – interactive play is an absolute necessity for a happy cat. Not only is it fun, it provides valuable exercise and helps strengthen the human-animal bond – and isn’t that important to all cat lovers?
Cat Behaviorist, Pam Johnson-Bennett explains,
Interactive play involves YOU. The concept is simple. You use a fishing pole-type toy to create prey-like action. If you’re going to truly have a “think like a cat” mentality when it comes to cat behavior, you have to conduct a game that allows your cat to act like the athletic hunter she was born to be. With the interactive toy, you move it so the target at the end of the string can wiggle, slide, dart and creep around the room. When you move the toy like prey, it will stimulate the hunter in your cat.
Understanding the importance of interactive play, I was more than happy to try out Neko Flies when they sent some of their products for us to review. Included in the package was a Neko Flies rod and 2 of their interchangeable attachments – the Kragonfly, that looks like a realistic shimmering dragonfly, and the Kattipede, a jiggly, fuzzy centipede. Fortunately, Neko Flies toys are quick and easy to attach to the pole – because as soon as my cats saw me pull the Kragonfly out of its packaging they started circling around my legs. It was time to kill the bug!
Now the real test began. Could Neko Flies stand up to the teeth, jaws, and flying claws of six crazed, prey driven cats? To my pleasant surprise, yes! Despite the chewing, swatting, yanking, jumping 5 feet in the air and catching, dragging me across the room with Kragonfly in mouth, the Neko Flies stayed in tact! Not a wing or string out of place! The cats were going crazy. I wore out long before they did…and the Neko Flies never took a beating. I highly recommend Neko Flies – my new go-to toy for interactive play with the kitties.
(I’ve had lesser toys fall apart and wands break in half by now. No joke.)
So how did Neko Flies come to be? Ellen, the company’s owner and a multiple cat parent herself, was dissatisfied with toys available in the cat marketplace, and decided to create a toy that would measure up to her and her cats particular needs.
Check out Neko Flies in action:
A word of caution – Neko Flies are designed so well to look like prey, that your cats will try to “kill” them after play time is over! Ellen tells us, “We have had many customers tell us their cats have opened doors and drawers to get at the toys, please put away in a safe place after playing.” It’s true – I had to put mine in the cabinet behind child locks!
Get your paws on your own Neko Flies wand and toy PLUS Neko Flies is also giving a set to the winner’s favorite cat shelter! Enter below: