When Christmas rolls around and family is nice enough to buy your pets a giftcard for PetCo or PetSmart or the like, you wanna get something real good so your pets are alike “Yeah, that Christmas was AWESOME.” Last year, while wandering through PetSmart, we came upon a interesting cat toy known as the Mystery Motion Electronic Cat Toy (Or, what it is sometimes called after we bought it, the Robot Blanket Thing.)
Myyyyssstery Motion Toy for cats!
James will often make the unwise decision of running his hand under blankets while the cats watch, wide-eyed, facisnated, at this THING THAT IS MOVING UNDER THE BLANKET. This usually ends with James going “OW MY HAND” after one or both felines pounce on his hidden hand, depending on the thickness of the blanket
Due to this activity, we are well aware of how intoxicating it is for Rocky and Marta when it comes to mysterious things moving under billowy objects. As such, we knew the Mystery Motion Electronic Cat Toy was sure to be a hit. (Well, as sure as a person allows themselves be when it comes to buying any toy for a cat, considering most cats have a higher ratio of snubbing something you know they will like).
The MMECT takes 3 AA batteries. Yes, it is an odd number. Yes, that bothers my OCD. Nevertheless, these batteries power the mystical robot arm that lives under the blanket. The robotic part itself is circular, with a light fabric that covers and conceals the circular portion of the robot. Attached to a track that goes around the robot is plastic stick arm, which is the piece that actually does the moving when turned on. At the end of the arm on the model we got was a tuft of feathers. I’ve seen that there are other models that end in pseudo mouse shapes – this would have been less likely to be successful, as Rocky and Marta have a great fondness for tuffty feathered toys.
As soon as we activated the MMECT….eh, Robot Blanket Thing, both cats got saucer eyes. What is that blanket? Why is something moving under it? WE MUST DESTROY IT WITH OUR CAT REFLEXES.
Cats with UTTER FASCINATION when the Robo-Armed Mystery Motion Toy is on
The Robot Blanket comes with 4 speeds to choose from: Low, Medium, High, and Random, which all pretty much follow the speeds you’d expect them to when set. The speed we typically leave it at is Random, mainly for two reasons: The alternation between low-medium-high makes the cats pay more attention to the toy, and Random happens to be the setting right before turning the toy to “Off”, as cycling through the speeds is what activates and deactivates it.
A mild concern to watch out for, or at least be aware of as it sometimes leads instances that would make excellent Cat Video content: there isn’t any form of textured bottom to this toy, it’s robot part is all slick plastic. So, if you have hardwood or tiled floor, turn it on, and have a cat that likes to run from one end of the room to the other in order to CATCH THE THING UNDER THE BLANKET(!), you may end up with a kitty that slides on the robot blanket straight into the couch, wall, stairs, etc.
If on a slick floor, usage of Robo-Blankey Mystery Toy can end in Cat-Couch-Splat
Assuming your cat only gets vaguely bonked and doesn’t knock over anything breakable, this usually isn’t too terrible of a problem. The only other downside to Robot Blanket: he has a heavy appetite for BATTERIES. I highly recommend that if you don’t want to replace batteries every 2 weeks to be in the same room as the kitty playing with the toy. When the inevitable moment of Cat Boredom crashes down, and your cat is just chilling next to the toy while the arm feebly baps into kitty’s bum, you will be glad you’re nearby to turn the toy off and save the battery juice for next time.
When cats get bored of Robo-Mystery-Blanky-Toy, it will inevitably run out of batteries.
Overall, this toy is probably one of the most-played with items I’ve ever gotten as a cat owner. The cats will even make it evident that they wanna play by pouncing on the robot when it’s off, or staring at it and then looking up and meowing sadly to the Humans to say “Hey why isn’t this working?”
The Mystery Motion Electronic Cat Toy runs somewhere between $25 to $35 dollars depending on where you get it or if it happens to be on sale. Or $0 if you have a gift card that covers it and happen to use it 😉
The desire for more Mystery leads to cats bapping the toy when it’s off to get it turned on by The Humans.