Catit Senses Activity Center: It’s the Cat’s Meow!

by DFS-Pet-Blog on April 26, 2014

Catit Senses Activty Toys

Spring is finally on the way here in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. The warmer breezes are giving us all a big case of cabin fever, and my cats, Toby and Tabby, have really been bouncing off the walls lately. This is the time of year when the usual toys lose their appeal, so this was the perfect time to bring home the Catit Senses Activity Center to mix things up a bit.

Everything was very easy to set up. (Tabby supervised while Toby lounged in the shipping cartons).

CatIt Activity Center Track

As soon as I had the Speed Circuit Track set up, they were totally fascinated. The flashing colored ball going around the track just mesmerizes Tabby. The cover over the track keeps the ball from popping out, and plenty of openings in the cover provide easy paw access. I really like the fact that the level of the track varies, so that the ball keeps rolling for a bit even if they don’t hit it constantly. Tabby likes this toy so much that if we don’t turn the track over when we go to bed, we wake up in the middle of the night to the ‘shoosh-shoosh’ sound of the ball going around the track, over and over and over…….

Next, I set up the Treat Maze, and Toby was in love. He’s a totally food-oriented guy, so for him something that combines treats and play is perfect. It took him about 20 seconds to figure out that if he reached in and knocked the pieces of kibble through the openings of the levels, they would end up down at the bottom so that he could eat them. I did find that I needed to anchor the Maze into the round mat it comes with, and set the whole thing inside one end of the track, for stability. I also had to close the openings in the maze down to the smallest setting so that the kibble wouldn’t just fall through the holes right away. Overall, the Treat Maze could be a great way to increase the activity of a food-focused cat.

The Grass Garden has been a lifesaver for my poor houseplants. When Tabby was little, she would kill them by sitting in them, now she just gnaws them down to stubs. The wheat grass has provided her with a tastier alternative, and hopefully she’ll prefer it to the houseplants. It grows so fast it is ready almost overnight, and the plastic mesh cover allows the shoots to come through but keeps inquisitive paws from digging in the container.

I honestly didn’t think the cats would bother much with the Scratch Pad or the Massage Center, but they’ve proven me wrong. Both of them will stop and use the Scratch Pad, and Tabby likes to lie in the sun and rub her back against the raised nubs on the Massage Center.

CatIt Activity Center

Overall, this has been a great addition for my cats. It keeps them interested by giving them a variety of things to do, and the various pieces can be used separately and moved around, or they can fit together in a compact unit that doesn’t take up too much room.

[CLOSED] For your chance to win a Catit Senses Activity Center valued at $119.94, leave a comment in this post telling us why your cat would enjoy having a Catit. Deadline: Monday, May 2, 2011 at Noon CST. One lucky winner will be randomly selected.

* No purchase is necessary to participate. You should be a legal resident of the United States and 18 years or older. Void where prohibited. Shipping to winner will be supplied by Drs. Foster and Smith. To see who won, go to http://www.dfs-pet-blog.com/2011/04/catit/. Sponsor: Foster & Smith, Inc., P.O. Box 100, Rhinelander, WI 54501-0100. Employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter. Winners will be notified by email, and must reply with their shipping information within 7 days. Failure to reply within the 7 days will forfeit your prize.


{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

Valerie McArdle April 30, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I’ll bet that this would be fantastic to entice our rather large boy to get moving a bit more!!

James B. April 30, 2011 at 10:14 pm

All of my kitties would love this. However, I have one senior cat who can’t go outside and play like the other young kitties. It would be great to have this for her. We are always trying to find different ways to keep her from feeling leftout and bored. Cornflake would be so greatful if you gave this to her. Thanks!

Ann Eastham April 30, 2011 at 10:22 pm

This sounds so cool!! Some of our older cats don’t respond actively to batting games, but the Massage Center would be perfect for when we aren’t there to provide the needed scratches.

Tom McKinney April 30, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Wow! Sounds great! We really need some way to interest the eldest in some sort of playful activity, and the Treat Maze and Grass Garden sound great for them.

Donna Schmidt April 30, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I help relocate feral cats/kitties to new homes because I live very close to an old feed mill in a small town. The feed mill people do not want to feed the cats and so in order to not have them killed because of too many excess cats, the small kittens, and young cats I capture, then they have to be tamed in cages that I keep in my garage. Sometimes the stay for them is many months in cages, boredom sets in easy, and this new catit senses activity center would be just what they need for activity and exercise to keep them from going crazy being in the cages so long waiting for homes. More than one cat can play with the center, which is great and the activity center has a wide range of activities to keep them occupied for a long time. I like the fact that more than 1 cat can play with it at a time. The cat grass is wonderful for hairballs. Cats love different play toys, this would give a variety of different activities.

Jen B. April 30, 2011 at 10:39 pm

With a new rescue kitten at home, as well as a senior kitty, we could sure use a fun and healthy outlet for exercise! Both are indoor only, so the activity center would be a great toy for both!

Dee April 30, 2011 at 10:45 pm

My 7 year old cat as well as my 18 year old cat would love the Catit Senses Activity Center. I can see it being beneficial for any age cat. Our pets need to do more than nap all of the time.

Debbie N. May 1, 2011 at 6:00 am

We have three wonderful cats in our family. Just last week we have taken in a friendly feral male, who we named “Tyler”. Sadly to say that he has tested positive to FIV. Yet, I am commited to giving him the home he never had. Since he can no longer be outside and finds being inside rather boring, winning a Catit Senses Activity Center would be “The Cats Meow”!

Robin May 1, 2011 at 9:24 am

Very cool. My Rexes would LOVE this! 🙂

Margot May 1, 2011 at 10:53 am

My daughter has a kitty that would have such a blast with this! What a great way to relieve boredom and have a good time!

nanci May 1, 2011 at 11:46 am

I think Widget and Ghost would absolutely love this! I know that apartment accessories and my poor dog would certainly get a break from these two frisky felines if they had the Catit to keep ’em occupied. 🙂

Beth D. May 1, 2011 at 12:24 pm

We adopted a 6 year old cat last July after we made the tough decision to put our 17.5 year old dog down. This cat is a love bug but he is still building up his confidence with us. He weighed in at 16lbs when we adopted him and I’m guessing he is close to 20 now. He is an indoor cat only and this toy would just be a great surprise for him. Hopefully it would help him lose some weight and keep him entertained while we are at work. We bought a retail business three years ago so we are at our store most days from 8:00AM until 6:00PM. Such a long day for the cat to be home alone. We have been debating whether or not to add a kitten to our family to give him someone to hang out with but aren’t quite sure whether he would like that or not. We know he would love this fantastic toy! Thanks for the opportunity.

Natalie Noble May 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm

This looks like so much fun!!! Our chub, Willow would be encouraged to get more active and hopefully lose a pound or two. What a great product.

Kim Perry May 2, 2011 at 9:05 am

Our mom has to work every day. We normally sleep but sometimes we get bored. This would rock!!!! Love Kobe & Parker

mariodacat May 2, 2011 at 9:07 am

Wow, would I ever love that. Looks like so much fun, and green grass to nom, and everything.

Lesley Goodwin May 2, 2011 at 9:21 am

My two cats would love this! I have a very active kitten, and a rather kitten-ish three year old cat. They are indoor-only cats, and I try to provide ways for them to be stimulated and active, especially for the kitten as she gets herself into trouble when bored. This toy would be perfect for keeping my cats entertained for hours upon hours.

Tiffany Tosh May 2, 2011 at 10:15 am

My three cats would love a Catit Senses Activity center. My kitties do not go outside unless supervised and sometimes we get home too late in the evening for a stroll outside. Also we are fostering a 13 year old gray tabby whose families home was destroyed in the recent outbreak of bad weather in the south when a tornado dropped a tree and crushing the home. Everyone escaped safely including the 5 dogs and 1 cat. This activity center would be a wonderful addition to our home because I believe it would bring the felines closer together with our foster!

Barbara Archer May 2, 2011 at 10:40 am

This would make a lovely gift for a loved one that has two rescues in her home. 🙂

kamnel May 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Nala and Sommer would LOVE this toy! They are both major explorers and are always looking for what lurks around the corner. Nala’s been trying to get the ball out of the circle toy for YEARS 😉

Ellen B. May 2, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Congratulations to our Catit giveaway, Kate Switalski. Thanks to all who participated, we enjoyed reading about your cats! (Kate, I will contact you by email.)

Deeka May 17, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Very Awesome Blog! I have a cat and think that this would be great for him!

Ruby Kelsey May 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm

My kitties would love this!

Sherri O. May 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I would love to win one of these in the Memorial Day weekend giveaways!

Rachel Coutermarsh May 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Yep, my kittens would just go nuts with this. They need a lot of exercise to grow up healthy. How many can do it at a time?? We’ll see. Thank You

Jennifer Natale May 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Oh! My boys (4 cats) would LOVE that… looks like fun 🙂

Becky May 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Just added a new kitty to my family today. bet this would bring her out of her shell 🙂

Louise May 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm

This would be really good for ferrets too! My girls would love the challenge of the maze. My mom’s cats would share it when they came to visit too!

Jacki S May 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Love the treat maze, I know my cat Maggie would have a great time getting her treats out of it. She loves playing and treats. The other cats would also play with it but not as much as Maggie.

Gail W May 27, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Will be getting Pepper in a week or so. He would love to add this to his collection of toys. Thanks.

Devri Owens May 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I would LOVE to win this for my cats! I have 2 girl cats (sisters) and they really don’t have a lot of toys. However, one of them, has a nasty habit of getting into my hair accessory drawer in my bathroom and stealing my hair bands! I have even gone so far as to strategically place them in the drawer so she can’t get them, but darned if she doesn’t figure it out and get them anyway! I think this would be great for her, as well as her sister!

karrie branfort May 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm

our dogs usually get all the toys, this would be great for our cat

Laura Paasch May 28, 2011 at 8:03 pm

This looks like a great activity center for kitties! I know certain cats would like certain parts, so there is something for everyone! I wonder, is the massage center fairly sturdy? I used to have something similar and the kitties LOVED it but it broke very quickly… that is, the tabs that held the parts they rubbed on in place broke, so the parts would fly out. I don’t think it was CatIt brand, though, and I have one of their fountains and it’s great.

Kathy May 28, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Looks like it would be fun for my 4 cats!

Dayna K. May 28, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Kipper would love this. He really needs more toys and this will help with his boredom. 🙂

Nebby and Sasha May 28, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Wow, this looks A-maze’ing! My little Ragdoll Sasha most certainly has her collection of toys. She is however, rehabbing from having experienced trauma from the perils of hepatic lipidosis. She is now happily playing again, and I think she would certainly love a toy that would implement exercise and play for her, especially after the hard times she has experienced. Thanks!

Elizabeth Jorgensen May 28, 2011 at 8:48 pm

i’d love to win this!

Katie S. May 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm

My cats would love this. Anything to keep them active would be great!

Jeanne Lehman May 28, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Our Moogie would love this!

Terri Haunert May 28, 2011 at 11:42 pm

My cats are indoors so any type of entertainment or stimulation they adore! Not to mention it keeps them happy and busy 🙂

Martha May 29, 2011 at 12:57 am

It looks like a kitty Hot Wheels track. Pure (or should I say purr) fun!

Dee May 29, 2011 at 2:36 am

My cats are definately food motivated so the Catit Treat Maze would be of great interest to them. Every part of the Catit Senses Activity Center looks like alot of fun for cats. It is neat that it can be separate activities or all in one. Oh, to be a cat :o)

kamnel May 29, 2011 at 7:43 am

This would be awesome for our cat’s room. We’ll tell neighbors that it’s a den but the new room will have cat trees, cat toys, their favorite couch and cat-themed artwork 😉

Sandra May 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm

This would be an awesome way to treat out cat Seti. He always feels so left out when we give the dogs treats…this would make him feel special! : )

Becky H. May 30, 2011 at 1:13 pm

NICE!

Deanna May 30, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Both of my cats would go crazy for this too! I would be so excited to win one! This would keep them active and I know they would love it. It would especially be useful now that our baby is due any day now, so this would keep them happy and content having a new toy at such a stressful time for them adjusting to the baby.

Linda Seger May 31, 2011 at 8:44 am

I love foraging toys for our birds, but I had never considered anything like this for our cats. What a great idea!

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