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.
As I began taking the items out of the box, Elsa Clair jumped in.
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 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.
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.)
Then Elsa Clair tried her hand, er, paw at the game.
She wanted to know where the string went.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DISCLAIMER: I was given a FroliCat FLIK to test, but was not paid for this story.
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