Da Bird Cat Toy
Important note: This toy is sooo lifelike, I do not recommend it for outdoor cats. The feathers are real and come from guinea hens, hawks, peacocks, and other birds. My once passive Mr. Moo played with Da Bird for a few days, and by the end of the week he killed a dove.
One of the reasons Da Bird Feather Teaser is so effective and life like, is because it utilizes a fishing leader with a swivel between the string and feathers, which makes it fly, or spin– just like a fishing lure, as it glides through the air.
The wand is a bendable 3 foot long pole, and the string is nearly 3 feet long as well.
There are a few models made, ranging from $8 all the way up to $35, for a fancier setup with a thicker plastic pole. All of the models offer the same kind of feathers from the same kind of birds, albeit some come with different colored smaller feathers. I don’t think I want to know where the red, orange and blue feathers come from.
I have never seen these at the big box pet stores, but they do carry different brands of feather teasers. There are several outlets listed online who carry Da Bird. You can search under ‘Da Bird’ and/or ‘Feather Teaser’, and compare prices and features. Some companies offer a spare set of feathers (on the leader with the swivel) with the purchase of Da Bird wand toy. So it pays to shop around.
Da Bird is a great tool for exercising your cat, and for interactive play with your cat. At my house, all the cats want to play with Da Bird at the same time. Luckily we have 2 of them. However, due to my opening paragraph, two of my cats are no longer allowed to play with it. Dodger already has a killer instinct, and Mr. Moo enjoyed the life-like smell of the feathers and associated them with the birds I feed at my feeders every day. So these two aren’t allowed to use Da Bird, or even see it. They attack this poor toy so fiercely.
Neptune is my nature boy. He loves birds, but can differentiate between a feather toy and my live birds in the backyard. For Neptune, its all about the hand uh er paw-eye coordination. He’s 13 so it’s important to keep his skills sharp.
As an exercise pal for your cat, Da Bird can fly above your cats head, and your cat can jump or stretch for it. Or it can hunt it down as you slide Da Bird across the floor. We also leave it dangling from tables so the cats can walk by and claw it. We have also found that you can leave it on the floor and cats will come by and attack the feathers.
The reason I recommend Da Bird for indoor only cats, is because cats may act like my Mr. Moo and suddenly attack your backyard birds or turn into a repeated bird killer. This is not acceptable behavior from any cats in my house, and rather than chance any more dead birds on my back doorstep, my solution was to take it away. I’d much rather my cats enjoy being outside and me enjoying my birds feeding from my feeders.
Author’s Note: First and foremost I want to thank the wonderful Miss Sharon for the article. Please check out Miss Sharon’s other reviews, You can read more of her reviews here, also her cat Neptune is the subject of a book that was just written, you can purchase the book here or you can follow Neptune & Mr. Moo & the rest of the furry family on facebook here.