As part of our awesome collaboration in reviewing some items from ThinkGeek.com, I got two cat toys for Shop cat and Shop kitty. The first item is the Fling-ama-String. I’ve been intimidated to write this review because I really need to emphasis how much Kitty is in love with this thing! Cat s interested, too, don’t get me wrong – but Kitty has hardly let Cat have a chance at it.
Even when this toy is turned off, Kitty in love with it, trying to get at it.
Fling Ama String Review
The installation is simple, three batteries, and you hang it from a door while attaching a cord to the back of the door. This sentence? Will make more sense when you have the item in front of you. Anyway, you have two speeds – which don’t seem to have too much variation, but maybe the cats sense it more than I do. A string basically gets flung, repeatedly. And cats love strings so much, they’ll watch it and grab for it, over and over and over again. Now, when the cat catches the string, the machine stops moving. But that’s the thrill of the game. It’s all about the chase.
My biggest worry at this point is that Kitty is going to wear this particular unit out, or tear it apart (from LOVE) and I’ll have to get her another one. But I honestly wouldn’t mind that, because finding a toy that will keep a cat entertained like this is rare for me. And I’ve lived with cats for almost my entire life.
Of course, there are other little things that bother me. I wish there was a way to secure the entire thing even more than you can already, since Kitty will sometimes drag the string far out and to the side (she’s a stubborn little moppet.) The noise is very slight, and actually lets the cats know when the toy is on so I like the noise. But the top of the toy has a large orange cat face with ears – it’s exceedingly cute, but a little too large. When I close the door, there’s not enough room for the entire thing to lay flat. It’s not a huge problem, though, and I actually find the cats like it when I leave the door open and they can hop to both sides of the door while trying to catch the string.
Another note: the pictures on the box show your cat flying in the air as the string moves. My cats … are not flying around like that. But they enjoy the string dropping down, and then they try to catch it. I think that’s more what is realistic to expect from this toy. Don’t prepare for your cats to jump into the air, unless your cat regularly does this already. That’s just my opinion based on my experience, though.
I recommend always watching your cat while this toy is on, as the box suggests. It’s not dangerous, but you can’t be too careful as far as this worry wort is concerned.
This is a great way to keep your cat busy if she’s lethargic and not interested in BORING, standard toys, or if you need to keep a kitten occupied while you do the dishes.
I have bought far too many cat toys that didn’t interest the cats at all, or got lost in a day. The Fling ama String is a real winner for me and my cats.
This is thee most gratifying cat toy since the invention of the string and I highly recommend it. Hours of cat-er-tainment cost just $19.99 at ThinkGeek.com, HERE
Disclosure: Item sent for review, there was no monetary compensation exchanged to reflect the outcome of said review.