I bought this toy at Target after reading a portion of the 140+
outstanding reviews on Walmart.com. I was convinced from their reviews
that this cat was so life-like that even I would be fooled. We have a
13 year old cat now and our 3 year old daughter keeps trying to pick
her up and force her to sit in her lap and be subjected to her rough
hugs and petting. She is just not old enough yet to understand she has
to be gentle so we bought this hoping it would distract her from the
real cat and give her a much needed break. I thought the $40 was steep
but after reading other reviews saying it was worth the money I sent my
husband to the store. He got it home and we played with it for 30
minutes before giving it to her. Seemed cute at first and definately
looks more real than any other toy cat I have ever seen, but we have
had it for 2 days now and we are all disappointed. It has this feature
where it is supposed to hiss if you apply pressure to the tail, well
hers seems to frequently hiss at random even if it is sitting all by
itself or even if she carries it with her hand anywhere near the cats
hind quarters. And what makes that worse is it freaks her out every
time it hisses. She just drops the cat flat and backs away. I think it
has made the toy less appealing to her overall. Plus, it is supposed to
purr and knead its paws when you pet it's back, ours doesn't no matter
what we do to it's back. It does meow, and blink and randomly move it's
head, but you can hear all of the parts making these animatronic sounds
when it moves. And it is also supposed to go in to a sleep mode if it
is not played with for 3-5 minutes. Hers sat in the play room by itself
and meowed and moved during her entire hour and a half nap yesterday.
Annoying was my first thought, but replacing the 3 C batteries
frequently was my second thought. It also sheds like a real cat and the
body is not cuddly at all, very stiff. The cat also doesn't lay down
completely which is what my daughter likes about our real cat the most.
I am returning this cat tomorrow for a refund.
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