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Toys & Treats item created by Anne, Jul 1, 2016
Pros - Easy to store
Easy to keep clean
Works well as a bed
Cons - Too flat
Tunnels, etc. don't really form
Cats get bored within 10 minutes
I was so excited to buy a Ripple Rug for my foster kitties. Since money is tight in fostering, I coveted the Ripple Rug for a long time before I had the funds to buy it. Unfortunately, I was really disappointed in the product, and now it sits neatly folded under a pile of cat linens.
I loved the idea of being able to configure caves and tunnels and hide things in them to entice and entertain the kitties. Unfortunately, the Ripple Rug is far softer than I thought, and no matter how many ways I velcroed the pieces together, I couldn't create the stiff walls that I always saw in advertisements. Because the "cave openings" flopped flat, neither cats nor kittens were interested in crawling in. They'd dig out the toy I had hiding, and then lay on the flat carpet and fall asleep. Basically, I bought a $40 cat bed. I bring out the Ripple Rug every few months to a new group of kittens or cats, and it's always the same thing. About 15 minutes of interest and then hours of snoozing on top. What a shame. I plan to go to a fabric store and get some type of stiff fabric to sew inside the Ripple Rug to encourage it to stand up at the holes, but I'm not much of a sewer so I haven't attempted this yet. I'm a foster mama who loves to buy toys for my little charges, and I was very, very disappointed in the Ripple Rug.
Pros - Can be used for playtime or as a bed or even scratching pad
Cons - Price
This consists of two mats - the upper one has holes of various sizes in it and can be reconfigured endlessly to create tunnels and hidey holes. Chula likes to chase the red dot into the holes and then hide. She'll then suddenly poke her head out. The holes can be cut and expanded for larger cats like Paul. You can hide things in the holes or pull things through them for playtime that is always different.
It is a little difficult to get the folds to stand up until you get the hang of it. Generous applications of velcro help the rug to stay in position but it does take a little while to get them all in place so the folds stand up and the tunnels don't collapse.
The material is very cat friendly. Both of my cats like to stretch out on it and use it for a quick scratching pad and Paul often sleeps on it. The color is neutral so goes with everything.
It rolls up and can easily be put away.
The price is an issue. I thought it was expensive when I bought mine and the price has gone up $5.00.
Pros - well made from cat friendly materials
Cons - a bit pricey
I learned about this product from a thread here on playing with smart cats. Archie and Lucy are almost six years old now. As they've aged, it's become increasingly difficult to find playtime activities that challenge and engage them. I'm always on the look out for something new.
Simple in design, the rug consists of two pieces. The bottom is a short nap rug with an anti-skid surface on the bottom (more about that in a bit). The top, which features cutouts in various sizes, is constructed from the same material and features velcro strips to attach the top to the bottom section. The holes features slits to make it difficult for kitty to get stuck. The rug is infinitely configurable; it's easy to create tunnels and hiding places for kitty. All of the materials are kitty safe - no formaldehyde or other toxic chemicals.
Lucy loves playing hide and seek. Sometimes she will seek out the rug on her own, wiggle thru the folds and pop her head in and out of the holes. It's fun to watch her dart in and out of the holes. Archie likes to use the rug as a giant scratching post; he's drawn to the texture of the nap. Sometimes I create a large fold and attach a cat tunnel to it, which gives the cats an extra long tunnel. I also hide crunch balls and other toys inside the rug.
Most of the time though, we use the rug for interactive play. Pulling a shoestring in and out of various holes attracts Archie. He likes to watch the moving string and then, just as the tip disappears into the rug, he pounces on the string. Both cats enjoy hunting a wand or wooden dowel which I slide under the bottom section. Unfortunately, this action scrapes off small bits of the anti-skid surface, which has to be vacuumed.
* The product is well made from cat friendly materials. So many pet products these days use unsafe chemicals and materials in their construction - especially those made in China.
* My cats enjoy the rug. We've had it for over four months. And while some of the novelty has worn off, they continue to enjoy playing with it.
* Rolls up for easy storage.
* The rug is kinda pricy. I purchased it for $40; the price is a bit higher. I feel the price is justified, but it is expensive.
* Using a wand under the bottom section scrapes off small flecks of the anti-skid surface, which creates a mess that must be vacuumed.