The swat toy is a cylinder shaped toy with a spring and a furry ball at the end that the cat is supposed to bat at and it will bounce right back up to give hours of playtime fun. The carpet covering encourages the cat to use it as a “scratching post” in order to not use furniture to scratch on.
The idea of this toy is great, and if you have a kitten or a cat that likes toys that pop right back and there is no real “catch and win” with the toy, meaning the cat cannot catch the ball and drag it away, then this is the toy for your cat. Your cat will be able to grab onto the ball but then when they release it, it pops right back up in place.
This toy…annoyed Isis to no end. We knew it was time to get rid of it when she actually hissed and growled at it, which she NEVER does to anyone or with anything else.
We showed her how to play with it, encouraged her to play, we played with it to get her to play with it. We put her favorite catnip on it to get her interested. Finally one day she started to play with it and then just hissed at it and growled. Every time she would pass by it, she would go around it with a wide birth and just never got into playing with it.
Final verdict: I would not recommend this as it sees that not many cats are interested in playing with it (after reading the reviews from other pet parents on the website). It did not provide any fun for Isis, it was far from anything she would ever play with. If your cat likes toys of this sort and doesn’t mind not being able to win, this is the toy for them, otherwise, steer clear of this toy. Not recommended.
The toy is available on wag.com for $8.99, at least it wasn’t a huge waste of money.