Sandi, I'm a foster mum for orphaned and abandoned kittens and I absolutely LOVE the snugglekitty. It's a far cry from the old hot water bottle and ticking clock! It's not just for little ones though, people with adult cats and dogs say they love them and the snugglepet is the best comfort for them.
I have the grey kitty and the batteries in the heart last for a week with it going 24/7. Also, one of the best things about snugglekitty is that it's fully washable. Trouble is, what do you do while it's in the washing machine??? LOL I even throw mine into the dryer and it's dry in an hour.
If you can afford one, it'll be one of the best things you can get your pet.