When purchasing this toy, remember if you leave it on the floor, or at 3am, if you get up, you might find this toy and step on it, and scream, thinking you just stepped on a mouse. Okay, maybe that was just me, but this toy definitely scared me several times when I would spy it out of the corner of my eye.
The West Paw Design Hair Ball is a small ball, with synthetic hair/fur on it, making it look like a long haired hamster. The toy has organic catnip inside to attract the cat to get your cat to play with it. It is similar to stuffed mice that seem to be very popular with many cats to pounce on and throw in the air, or kick with their back feet.
I bought two or Isis to play with and at first I let her smell the wonderful catnip aroma emanating from the belly of this strange looking toy. She became mesmerized very quickly and once I threw it on the floor, it was game over for the hair ball.
Pouncing, chasing, and kicking of this toy ensued for several hours off and on. The toy was batted across the floor and chased after and even I got involved and shook the toy on the floor and enjoyed some play time and interaction with Isis.
Even after one month of having this toy, it is still a favorite for Isis to play with. Every other day she seems to have a pounce or two, then puts it in her mouth and walks around with it, like she just killed her prey.
The downside to this toy is the long hair/fur. It can come off easily and for some cats, if they swallow it, it cannot be digested so they may have it come right back up.
Final verdict: If you can get past the way it looks, and the fact that sometimes the fur falls out, it is a great toy that your cat should enjoy thoroughly. Hours upon hours of fun can be had by your cat, and you can get involved with this toy. I did buy two and I took the second one and tied it to a stick and I will play with Isis by swinging the toy around and swishing it just overhead so that she has to jump and play that way. It is for sale for a modest price on wag.com. I hope your cat enjoys it as much as Isis has.