Technology & Pets: Your chance to win a FroliCat FLIK

Recently, I received a box from FroliCat containing three of their electronic toys for cats (plus three intended for some lucky readers!)

Before opening the box, I took the dogs out for a romp in their fenced-in frolic zone (otherwise known as our back yard). Leaving them on their own for awhile, I came back in, set the box on the floor of the family room and went to get a pair of scissors.

By then, Elsa Clair was on her way.

Something's happening! I have to investigate!

Something’s happening! I have to investigate!

As I began taking the items out of the box, Elsa Clair jumped in.

Because. Box.

Elsa Clair xplores box with electronic cat toys

Ooh, what’s in there? Is it all for me?

Perhaps this was going to be one of those oft-told stories where someone buys something really special for their cat, and all Kitty wants to do is play in the box. (I’ve heard this is common with young humans as well.)

Once I put the batteries in the first toy — an automatic string teaser  called the FroliCat FLIK– and turned it on, all eyes and ears and nose and tail were tuned in. It was like a siren call, as every one of my kitties — even camera-shy Dawn — showed up to see the fascinating Thing.

Athena and Elsa Clair play with their new electronic toy

Circling carpet sharks

Athena and Elsa Clair gathered close to watch. And to ponder. Calvin observed from the safety of the Under Coffee Table Cave. Dawn kept her distance.

Looking a little like Roomba’s younger sister, the FLIK buzzed and whirred and flung a neon green string at random intervals. The string flicked, froze, flicked again, disappeared and flicked again.

A human couldn’t have done much better. One might even say it’s an improvement over human-powered string flinging. We don’t buzz. Or whir.

4 cats watch electronic cat toy

Elsa Clair and Athena are fascinated, Calvin is under the table, and Dawn is watching from afar.

Athena, who never met a string she didn’t like…to eat…pounced first. Sorry, Athena, it’s attached, and you can’t swallow this one. (Though I’d never leave her unsupervised with it because she is one determined feline.)

Athena the cat pounces on string from FroliCat FLIK automatic cat teaser

“I’ll get that string!”

Then Elsa Clair tried her hand, er, paw at the game.

She wanted to know where the string went.

Elsa Clair tries to figure out where the string went.

“Where did it go?”

I realized that claws were getting stuck in the carpet with each swipe, so I moved the FLIK to the kitchen floor.

Three quarters of the cats followed. Dawn was channeling her inner hipster: if it’s that popular, it’s over. She had better things to nap.

Two cats play with FroliCat FLIK electronic cat teaser

Though she tried, Elsa Clair could not pull the string out, or pull the toy. The rubber feet kept it firmly planted.

Now the wolves were at the door, and by wolves I mean Jasper, Lilah and Tucker, who had an uncanny sense that fun might be happening without them. They demanded entrance to the house.

I moved the FLIK to the buffet for continued kitty amusement, and to prevent doggy interference.

3 cats play with FroliCat FLIK

Elsa Clair, Athena and Calvin are fascinated by that flingin’ string.

Calvin decided the crowds were too much for him, so he took refuge in the box. Which he decided was the Best Toy Ever. There was a paw-sized hole in the corner! You could reach in and grab a toy. Then hop in the box. Then reach through the hole from inside the box.

Cat plays with hole in box.

A perfectly paw-sized hole! It doesn’t get any better than this for Calvin.

Nosy Tucker was sure something exciting was happening in that box, but upon further examination, he decided cats were weird and left to chew on a bone.

Dog checks on cat in box

Tucker does not understand the appeal of an empty box.

As for me, I could see the potential in this electronic string flinger. With four cats and three dogs, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that I have a few less appendages than animals. It might come in handy (can never resist a pun!) when I’m on the entertainment committee, and the next act hasn’t shown up yet. Or, when I’m otherwise occupied — cooking dinner for humans perhaps — and need a few less felines underfoot, I could see the FLIK being a perfect distraction. And I really like that it shuts off after 15 minutes. Because I may  have been known to walk away from something and forget to turn it off.

Want to see the FLIK flicking? Here’s a video of Elsa Clair and Athena enjoying their new toy.

So what was the eventual winner in Toy vs. Box?

I call it a tie.

Calvin loves his new box.

Box = Love

DISCLAIMER: I was given a FroliCat FLIK to test, but was not paid for this story.

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67 Comments on "Technology & Pets: Your chance to win a FroliCat FLIK"

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  1. I’ve heard about this toy but haven’t yet tested it in my cats. Looks like fun–and great photos!

  2. Peggy Frezon says:

    That looks like a very sturdy and interesting toy for cats. Your cats look so curious about it. My daughter’s cat Cinnaomon would love this toy!

  3. Yvonne says:

    Dixie would love to eat this before the katkids even got to play with it. I had the battery operated Frolicat lazer for about a year before Dixie came here. The katkids loved it – it took Dixie a week for find and eat it. I’ll give it another six months then try this one – hopefully Dixie will be over a year and won’t be so interested in eating it.

  4. easy rider says:

    that’s a cool toy for cats… think Easy would like it too :o)but it’s hard to make a decision between box and toy, I agree :o)

  5. I haven’t seen these in person, but it looks like a cat’s dream come true! MOL!

  6. Jen Gabbard says:

    That toy looks like it could be a lot of fun, and the automatic shut off is brilliant. And well box did pretty well, too. This looks like the perfect toy for kitties – as Tucker would say cats are weird.

  7. That looks like a super cool toy! And your gang sure did enjoy it.

  8. That last photo is amazing! Looks like the FroliCat FLIK gift was a hit.

  9. Ellen Pilch says:

    That looks like lots of fun, glad it shuts itself off too.

  10. Emma says:

    Would love to try this with cat bro Bert that normally eats his toys, so he can’t have toys. I think he would love it.

  11. MyDogLikes says:

    I think my cat bro’s would really like this!! I will be entering! I will chase them around and around while they chase this things! It would be endless fun!

  12. Mary W says:

    I know my cats would find the Flik toy fascinating. Strings rank as the number one non-living entertainment toy with my cats.A moving string would be the best thing in the whole cat world!

  13. We think you proved the cat and boxes theory excellently! And what’s with Calvin, is he a fraidy cat? I always thought the girls were the scared ones but not Elsa Clair. Loved the pictures, you could really get an idea of each cat (and dog’s) personality on how they interacted with the toy. Love Dolly

  14. Vicki Green says:

    Looks like a fun cat toy. We don’t have any cats at our house – the border collies like cats a little too much – and not in a good way.

  15. Susan Bewley says:

    This would actually go to my mother in laws cats. My Lucie, who adopted them, doesn’t really like many toys anymore in her old age but she loves bossing the other cats as they play. :)

  16. We have the Bolt and would love to have the Flik. It sure looks like fun.

  17. Susan P. says:

    My kitty boy brothers are 1 1/2 years old and love to play with their toys. They play fetch and bring me some favorite toys to throw. Feathers and strings are also a favorite so this would be a big hit with them.

  18. Robin says:

    The Frolicat Flik looks like a lot of fun! I bet that Cinco and Manna would have a blast playing with it :) They love toys!

  19. Debra Hall says:

    stash ,nala and nek would love to play with it

  20. Hi Y’all!

    Oh that is just too, too funny! BOL! Beyond weird, I agree, Tucker!

    Y’all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  21. Heather Lynn says:

    My cat is indoor/outdoor and I’m desperately looking for things to help him become strictly indoor. (They say keeping formerly outdoor cats stimulated is key to successful indoor only adaptation.) This may work for him! Thanks!

  22. Linda Szymoniak says:

    Of our three cats, I think my daughter’s cat, Arata, would get the most use from this.

  23. Are the dogs interested in this at all? Or are they happy to let the cats play with it?

  24. That looks like a really fun toy – our guys would love it!

  25. It looks like a lot of fun ! And you got it with a bonus : a box ! Purrs

  26. I love that they took turns playing with it. The bottom pic is fabulous. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  27. meowmeowmans says:

    That box looks like fun! And so does the FLIK. :)

    We bet Moosey, Gracie and Zoe would love to try it out, so thanks for the chance to win one.

    Hugs!

  28. Jessica says:

    It appears that it would work better than the “As Seen on TV” CatsMeow toy. My cat just flipped that one over again and again. This one looks sturdy and could take my kitty’s paw punch! Plus, he loves string more than any other toy in the house.

    I might even be able to share it with the cat we keep in the office (we work for a pet supplies store chain so we allow some pets at work); he would love it on those weekends when the humans aren’t around ALL Day as he usually likes.

    P.S. I love the comments about your cats’ different personalities, and Tucker too! Every unique cat needs a unique toy (even if it’s just a box).

  29. Kimberly O says:

    We have 6 cats of our own & take in fosters as needed – we have had up to 15 cats at one time. Cat hair is a parting gift at our house. This would be a great addition to get the older ones to be more active. Thanks!!

  30. Lisa says:

    My cats would love this, they love playing and they would be very interested in this!

  31. Arielle says:

    My cat Gray Boy would love this! He loves to play but has difficulty with self-play (batting around toys that don’t move by themselves). As a former street cat he’s used to chasing little critters that ran away on their own power! This would be great entertainment for him when I can’t pay long-term attention to his playful needs.

  32. Connie says:

    It’s genius that it turns itself off! Our cat, Nala, would be ecstatic with this toy! She loves to play! She’s batted her own toys except a few into oblivion…they’re hiding in the house somewhere :) This toy would be perfect since she’s not able to hide it.

  33. Mark @ DBDT says:

    What a great toy. Out cats would love it.

  34. Jennifer Heintz says:

    I have two boys (twins from the same litter) who are as different as day and night, but both love to play. With anything, anywhere. This would be great!

  35. Shelley P says:

    Your cats look so entertained by the new toy :) I have a rescue cat that would love to play with this too.

  36. Wendy R. says:

    My son has 2 cats who would love this toy! Their names are Rue and Markl.

  37. Truffle and Brulee love to be entertained and need toys they can interact with.

  38. I’m thinking all 4 of my hooligans would love this!

  39. Sammy says:

    Totally cool giveaway…..and we just LOVE LOVE LOVE the snowdog! Well done!

    Hugs, Sammy

  40. Daniel Scott says:

    I would love to win this for Yoshi Kitty. Thank you for the chance to win.

  41. Alesha ol says:

    This would be for our 5 meow sons, ages 3 1/2 to 1, all rescues

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