Like many indoor cats, our cats are lazy. The have so many cat toys, many of them expensive and untouched, but the Da Bird will always be their favourite. One of mine likes catnip toys but he will just lay there bunny kicking it, not quite the exercise my little chubster needs so I was so happy when we first got the Da Bird for one of the other cats and he not only liked it but loves it.
About the Da Bird Cat Toy
Sure, it looks like any other wand toy with a feather on the end but there is something about the Da Bird that beats out their other cat toys. It mimics a bird in flight with a fluttering feather noise and spins around as it moves sending them into wild mode.
You can buy the Da Bird cat toy at Pet Valu and many other pet stores (if you need to request it, it is made by Go Cat). Spend the extra on the wand that comes in one piece as the two piece one tends to break apart when they play.
It costs $9-12 for a Da Bird and refills are around $7 but you can get them much cheaper online. They have different attachments if your cat does not like feathers but ours have a definite preference for the feather refills.
Cats Need Exercise Too
When we first discovered the Da Bird, it was not readily available in Canada and I had to order from the US, but it was literally a lifesaver for the 30lb cat we adopted. The vet said he had to lose weight safely but quickly and we had to have him exercise 3-4 times a day for 20 minutes.
Normally you can get a cat to play for maybe 5 before they get bored, remember they own your soul and walk off with their tail in the air but he loved playing with the Da Bird. We had to take him into another room because the other cats would jump higher and take it from him, but he got down to 18lbs with a healthy diet and regular play time. Still a large cat but he was big boned and he was older by then – so who cares if he was a little plump.
See It In Action
Roo is fairly active in comparison to our other cats, he never grew out of kitten play and will carry a ball to the stop of the stairs and drop it so he has something to chase but the Da Bird is by far his favourite. He leaps in the air to catch it, the others while not so active will jump a bit to get it but not to the same heights. We now play with him on the spare bed because we worry about him landing hard and hurting himself.
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