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post #1 of 27
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You have ever bought for you cats? I know we have all made mistakes when going through the pet store/aisle searching for new toys for our kitties, but what is the one that has turned out to be extremely useless?
post #2 of 27
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I'll go ahead and add mine! I bought "the Arch Groomer" for our calico cat Joey, because he is a shedder... and he loves to be brushed, so we thought maybe he would use it. But he wont touch the thing... absolutely hates it! but on the bright side, my best friends 4 month old sheltie puppy LOVES it! LOL!
post #3 of 27
I have this little thing that I picked up at the dollar store. The base is in the shape of a mouse made of fake sisle, then there is this stupid shiny pom pom thing on a spring. It now has dust on it. It gets sniffed every now and then, and occassionally Monster will try to play with it but so far no one is very impressed. I guess that's what you get for a buck (actually, I paid $3.00 for this but who's counting?)
post #4 of 27
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Originally Posted by capt_jordi View Post
I'll go ahead and add mine! I bought "the Arch Groomer" for our calico cat Joey, because he is a shedder... and he loves to be brushed, so we thought maybe he would use it. But he wont touch the thing... absolutely hates it! but on the bright side, my best friends 4 month old sheltie puppy LOVES it! LOL!
My dogs are much more interested in the cat toys then the cats are. The cats are happy batting around dust bunnies, bottle caps, anything they can knock off the counter....including our keys!
post #5 of 27
The most useless "thing' I've ever bought them were their pet beds...they laid on them for maybe an hour and never went back in them!

The most useless toy was a tiny remote control mouse that they just watched run around the floor,gave it a good sniff and said 'nuh huh...that thing ain't real! We won't even waste our time!!
post #6 of 27
I guess for us it is a little wind up type toy. You pull it back and let it go and the girls watch it....that's it! I have seen Noodles wrestle it once for a minute. Didn't take long for the wheels to get jammed with hair too.
post #7 of 27
I think the most useless thing we have ever bought is a little mouse that you turn on and it goes in different directions until turned off...They are scared to deat of it...You turn it on and they run as fast as they can to get up on top of something
post #8 of 27
Pretty much all the toys I buy Popsie are useless. He's doesn't seem to care about toys, only running around the house and chasing things that aren't there.
post #9 of 27
One of the most useless toys we bought was the glove or mitten with the long fingers & pom poms/bells on the end of the fingers. They hate it and were scared of it. We took that toy back quickly to the store. Another one is remote control mouse.
post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by Brandi View Post
I think the most useless thing we have ever bought is a little mouse that you turn on and it goes in different directions until turned off...They are scared to deat of it...You turn it on and they run as fast as they can to get up on top of something
My old roomates cat was deathly afraid of that too!!

I bought Tsar a pack of toys for like 8 bucks and I had a choice between mice and balls or just balls. I bought the one with both for variety....He bats at the mice every once in awhile but since they don't move he doesnt care. He'll chase balls around for hours. Even this tennis ball I got for free!! My boyfriend was like "That's a dog toy!!!" Tsar didn't care, he loves it. So I would say the mice were pretty useless.
post #11 of 27
A sisal scratching pad. Charlie hasn't touched it, or even sniffed it, along with the catnip spray, utterly useless.
post #12 of 27
a scratching post she ignores it although my niece likes batting at the poofy little pink ball at the top of it
post #13 of 27
Lets see now, Panic Mouse that cost £20!

99% of cat toys.

Cat beds.

Scratch mats.

Collars....
post #14 of 27
"No Mark" - pet organcis...that crap does NOT work!
post #15 of 27
For Trout its a carpetted one level cat perch...it is so low she never really sits on it
post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by Brandi View Post
I think the most useless thing we have ever bought is a little mouse that you turn on and it goes in different directions until turned off...They are scared to deat of it...You turn it on and they run as fast as they can to get up on top of something
Yep, Riley has one of those. He's terrified of it
post #17 of 27
A little carpeted square with a spring sticking out of it that has a luffball on top. Emma picked it out at the store, was utterly IN LOVE with it till we got it home. Now no one plays with it at all.
post #18 of 27
I bought...hm.....lotsa stuff that qualifies! Little round ball toys with sharp parts to them(little spikes that didn't look that sharp!)....when the cats paw at them they all pull their paws away looking mortally wounded. The short lil scratching posts.
post #19 of 27
I've been trying to think of something that's been a complete waste and haven't come up with anything yet.
Their beds get used in the winter, toys get played with off and on, scratchers are loved, and even the round cat gym/bed thing gets slept in by Tomas in the afternoons.

The best suggestion, be as picky as a cat when choosing toys and don't spend too much money in case they hate it.
post #20 of 27
With toys, between the dog and the cats nothing is ever completely useless.

The most useless thing I've bought for my cats was a can of whiska's soft treats. I lay them out and Cairo ignores it, then Paris comes along and tries to cover it as if it should be in the litter box.

By now I sort of know what my girls will and won't like from the pet store, but I've ben wrong before. We mocked the laser pointer with shapes of animals thinking the dot was all they needed. When a friend bought us the shaped one, we were not expecting much. Now Paris will only chase the mouse-shaped laser. She's never seen a mouse in real life, but for some reason that's her thing.
post #21 of 27
Where do I start:

Mouse that spins in circles,, scared the crude out of them
Carpeted scratch post,, they don't touch it,, other then knock it down


I can't say there useless, but I buy mouse and balls, and they disappear... There hiding them,, so i don't see why they hide them,, they can't play with them that way.
post #22 of 27
I bought an arch groomer and my cats WONT touch it... The pad is shaped like a mouse (and even has eyes glued on to it)... The most Ive ever see my cats do is sit underneath it, they have never rubbed against it...

http://www.petco.com/product/15443/O...h-Groomer.aspx (here is the pic of my "useless" purchase)
post #23 of 27
I have an Our Pets "Push n Roll". It's a track toy with 2 balls in the shape of a Y. In fact, my husband started calling it The Y and the name stuck. I think Raven batted at the ball once in 2000. I bought it from Pets.com when they were still in business.

Also, our Crazy Circle is ignored. Stimpy prefers the "Bug Chase" from Wal-Mart.

I really should donate both to the shelter...
post #24 of 27
It seems the most useless thing I've bought was a scratching post. I know it's popular with alot of cats but Gizmo has never once used it. I've tried everything to get him interested, including rubbing cat nip on it, but he really wants nothing to do with it.
post #25 of 27
We will also add The Arch Groomer to the list of the things our cats don't use...that was one of the first things we bought our cats, they used it a couple times each and then never used it again. Its still sitting in their cat room...

Our cats have boxes filled with toys... but yet they never use the mini tennis balls, the electronic mouse, or this thing that the toys twirl around on.

Its the things you have laying around the house that our cats love the most - cardboard boxes, paper & plastic bags, bottle caps...etc. Silly Cats
post #26 of 27
The Wild Tail. Chevy will occasionally give it a go, but they both more or less just watch it...
post #27 of 27
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I'm glad I'm not the only one that messed up on the arch groomer! LOL! At least the sheltie gets some use out of it.
The cats like most of the jingle balls and stuff i get them and Kahlua LOVES her scratching post... but they all HATE the groomer...
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