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PetSafe FroliCat Cheese Automatic Cat Teaser review

It really is a game of cat-and-mouse with the PetSafe FroliCat Cheese Automatic Cat Teaser

PetSafe FroliCat Cheese Automatic Cat Teaser
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Our Verdict

It might not replace the catnip mouse in terms of popularity, but the PetSafe FroliCat Cheese Automatic Cat Teaser offers a decent alternative for pet parents out of the home.

For

  • Fun design
  • Compact
  • Great price

Against

  • Plastic mice are tricky to grab
  • Could do with more moving parts

With its funky design, the PetSafe FroliCat Cheese Automatic Cat Teaser will appeal to even the coolest of cats. This automatic cat toy is brilliantly bonkers amusement; the game of cat-and-mouse brought to life in toy form. Plastic mice pop out from holes on either side of the cheese wedge, only to disappear once your cat makes a lunge.

It's a simple enough concept that will appeal to your cat's love of hunting, but with so many of the best cat toys out there being the ones we operate ourselves, can a robotic toy really be enough to hold your kitty's attention? 

If you're not sure whether to purchase one for your feline friends, we'll run through the product's key features and share the thoughts of real pet parents. Let's take a closer look...

PetSafe FroliCat Cheese Automatic Cat Teaser: Features

The PetSafe FroliCat Cheese Automatic Cat Teaser will particularly appeal to pet owners who want to keep their feline amused while out of the house or otherwise occupied. 

Its key feature is that it offers several play modes ideal for short or long play sessions. The shorter single play session offers up 15 minutes of play before the timer automatically turns the toy off, while the longer mode allows spontaneous playtime throughout the day. The toy offers three sessions every two hours, each lasting around 10-15 minutes, ideal for conserving battery power.

The toy works by having little mice poke through the holes at random intervals, with the idea being that it will appeal to a cat's natural hunting instincts. 

However, it is limited by the mice only appearing in a few set locations. The toy aims to mitigate this by having them poke out at different timed intervals: to the left, to the right and both together, to add a spontaneous edge to the product.

PetSafe FroliCat Cheese Automatic Cat Teaser: User reviews 

Many pet owners report that the toy is great for entertaining kitties with a wild streak. If you're finding their catnip mouse is looking a bit worse for wear, you probably can't go wrong with upgrading to the robotic version, if only to keep them from using their claws on your furniture. 

It's generally praised for sturdiness, but some felines have been tipping theirs over; the product could benefit from a better base.

Cats with a taste for the real thing have found this toy a bit on the boring side, it's not as tactile as holding a feather wand in your hand and grabbing their attention, but relies on your kitty to be drawn to it of their own accord. 

With that in mind, the simple actions of the mice have only engaged some felines for a short period of time and not for the whole time an owner is out of the house, which is a key selling point for the product.

However, just as many cats have been enthralled by it and taken the time to watch, which can be just as good a reason to buy it as the play function when it comes to pulling their attention away from knocking over objects in your room. 

If you're looking for an automated cat toy for exercise purposes, it won't have your kitty working up a sweat, but it's a fun way to capture their attention if your feline takes the bait.

Should you buy the PetSafe FroliCat Cheese Automatic Cat Teaser?

For pet parents looking for a quirky way to entertain their felines, the PetSafe FroliCat Cheese Automatic Cat Teaser offers novelty value in spades.

It's fun to watch felines take the bait and engage with the toy, even if they aren't always interacting with the mice in the way they should. The fact that the toy offers automatic sessions is ideal for conserving battery and re-engaging with felines who are patient enough to hang around for a few more rounds.

It might not replace the catnip mouse anytime soon in terms of popularity, but the PetSafe FroliCat Cheese Automatic Cat Teaser offers a relatively decent alternative for pet parents who are out of the home.