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Scratching Posts & Scratchers item created by Anne, Nov 1, 2011
Pros - Scratcher in the middle is a plus, you can replace it, simple toy
Cons - Takes up space on the floor
I've tried a few toys with balls that spin around, bit this is the only one she actually likes. She plays with it all the time. You can sprinkle cat nip into it too and my other cat even likes to check it out every once in a while. Its not that expensive online. Its more expensive in tje stores.
I'm reviewing this because this is the only toy I've found that they will play with on their own.
Pros - Entertaining
Cardboard scratcher/place to sit
Comes with catnip
Cons - A bit loud
My cats stay entertained taking turns rolling the ball to each other and stopping it
They sit in the middle of the toy on the cardboard (just sit, not scratch!)
They don't like the cardboard so much, but at least they use it to sit while playing sometimes.
For $12, this toy is definitely worth it, my cats love it, the only real con is that it can be a little loud so keep it far away from your bedroom unless you want to be up all night hearing your cat roll the ball around..
Pros - -my cat really enjoys this toy;there are several add-ons you can use in place of the defaultone;safe for your cat to play with unsupervised!
Cons - -slides around on my wood floors unless I put it on a pad;not all cats like to scratch the cardboard;it is a bit loud
The Bergan Turbo Scratcher is a classic cat toy that has been beloved by cats (and their owners) for years. It is a pretty simple design by modern standards; a large plastic ring with track that has a heavy white ball in it that the cat bats around, with an inner ring that has a cardboard cat scratcher in it.
It took a few days before my cat developed a taste for this toy, but once she did, it's become one of her favorites. She goes for multiple short ( a minute or so) sessions several times a day. My cat likes it a LOT with the optional cat grass add-on ( int he picture)
Pros - Inexpensive, catnip included
Cons - My cat can get the ball out and then I spend hours searching for it
I bought Comet one a year ago and he still loves it. We play together, spinning the ball around. It's inexpensive and a little catnip helps when he gets bored with it. The scratching pad in the middle is excellent. Double duty.
I strongly suggest purchasing one for your cat/s.
Pros - Endless Entertainment, Cats can play/scratch while you are gone
Cons - Leaves a mess.
All of my fosters and cats have LOVED this toy. Its endless entertainment- whether they are chasing the ball, using the scratcher, or rolling in catnip on it! I recommend the toy to every adopter! The only problem that I have with it is when they scratcher in the middle is done- it leaves cardboard bits EVERYWHERE and is a mess. But not too difficult to clean up!
Pros - Stays flat, doesn't move all over the place, and they love it!
Cons - Scratcher pads have to be replaced, old cat nip spills when you go to dump it.
I've had these toys for years and my kitties never tire of it. They might leave it alone for a while and then come back to it but it's a great standby to have and simply a must have for all kitties. They love the scratcher in the center. Sometimes they just like sitting on it too. And I love to see them act like kittens again when they are playing with the rolly ball
Pros - durable, reasonably priced, cats love it!
Cons - none
I have used the Turbo Scratcher on all my cats for years. I was drawn to it because it was a scratcher and a toy all in one. Since my former cat, Daisy, liked those ball track toys and I was trying to get her to use a scratching board, I thought that the Turbo Scratcher would be a big hit with her. Sure enough, Daisy took to the new toy like she had been scratching on it for years. Later, when I adopted Angie, she too loved the Turbo Scratcher. I had found a light up ball to replace the one that originally came with the Turbo Scratcher, and she loved making that ball light up, especially at nighttime. Recently, when I was fostering an 8 week old kitten for a month, he too loved this scratcher. The first day I brought him into my apartment, he used the litter box and then walked straight over to the Turbo Scratcher and scratched to his hearts content, without any coaxing from me at all. Just like Angie, that kitten loved to play with the ball around the track at nighttime.
The scratching pads for the Turbo Scratcher are double sided, so they last a while, and they are not that expensive to replace, depending on where you buy them. This scratcher is a wonderful item to have if you are considering adopting cats, because its a two-in-one scratcher/toy. They will love it!
Pros - No cardboard bits all over.
My cats loved it at first. They hardly left it alone. Now they play with it once in a while. I like the way the scratch board is set in where they cannot chew the sides.
Pros - Every one of my cats loves it
Cons - None
Every one of my cats has played with this toy. My late 16-year-old absolutely loved it, my two 13-year-olds love it, the kittens love It (of course they love everything - they're kittens!), and the newest addition, a 3-year-old girl, just plays with it like nobody's business. Sometimes they only play for a few seconds in passing it, and other play for as long as 15 minutes straight!
It can be a bit noisy, which often sets off the dogs barking - silly dogs. It helps if you do NOT have it against the wall, it seems to make the wall vibrate if it's touching it. But we're talking about cats and their toys, you expect some amount of noise. And if they are having fun then that's what matters!
Pros - Good exercise
Cons - Messy
I have bought several of these over the years and guessed at the last purchase date and price. My adult cats take play spells and love chasing the ball. It's really fun to watch. The cardboard insert can make quite a mess after the cats do some serious claw sharpening, however.. I also sometimes have trouble finding the inserts and end up buying whole new toy. This is one toy that is a hit with all my cats, with the exception of Blackberry, who isn't interested in toys of any kind. I would recommend this for new kittens, too.