• Natalie Alayne

FroliCat

Whether you’re a parent running around after the kids, an entrepreneur on the hunt for that next big idea, or a serial multitasker juggling a million things at once, we all lead busy lives. But regardless of how arduous your workload may be there is always someone who will demand your love even at the most inconvenient of times . . . your pet/s. And which four-legged furball is guilty of this the most? Cats! We absolutely adore them and we’d do anything for them but let’s be honest they will try their luck even when you are working on your laptop, making dinner or just trying to poop in peace. And why? Firstly, because they don’t know any better, secondly because they genuinely want your affection and need to be entertained. They can’t simply switch on Netflix to watch the next episode of Tiger King or curl up with their favourite Harry Potter book. Cats are inquisitive by nature so they will seek any opportunity to exercise their primal instincts to play, swat, chase, hunt and explore. Like us they require both mental and physical stimulation to maintain a healthy lifestyle so it is imperative that as their owners we supply them with this stimulus. But what do we do when we just don’t have the extra time to satisfy these innate desires???

Never fear, FroliCat is here . . .



Designed in the US by Petsafe, FroliCat is a collection of automatic cat toys that can provide endless hours of fun, exercise and entertainment for your furry friends. They not only have the ability to amuse your cats while you are at home but also while you are away. So without further ado let’s introduce them to you.




FroliCat Fox Den

Fox Den is a motion-activated toy that is designed to arouse your cat’s natural instinct to hunt. It works by parading a fluffy (faux) foxtail to catch your cat’s attention, which swiftly retracts back into the small burrow to encourage them to chase after their prey. It temps and teases the cat by repeatedly exposing the tail at different intervals. It has a ‘Play All Day’ mode, which enables you to activate the toy to keep your cat entertained for approximately six hours of fun. Fox Den retails for $49.99.

Features

Power button location: right hand side of the toy.

One Time Play’ mode (how to turn on): press and release the power button (you will hear three ‘mouse’ sounds indicating that the toy has been activated).

How to turn off: press and release the power button.

Automatic turn off: after 10 minutes.

‘Play All Day’ mode: start with the toy in off mode, press and hold down the power button for three seconds (the toy will beep three times indicating it is in this mode).

Play sessions: 10 minutes every two hours for three consecutive intervals.

Required batteries: 3AA (not included).


FroliCat FLIK

Flik is a turn on and set down toy designed to inspire your cat’s inquisitive nature. It works by whipping a string out of the opening, then ‘flicking’ it back and forth. Watch as your curious cat stalks the string and then pounces before it disappears. The toy will stay on until you turn it off so it has the capability of providing endless hours of fun. FLIK retails for $54.99.

Features

Power button location: at the back of the toy.

One Time Play’ mode (how to turn on): press and release the power button.

How to turn off: press and release the power button.

Automatic turn off: after 15 minutes.

‘Play All Day’ / ‘Play While You Are Away’ mode: NA.

Play sessions: NA (as long as the batteries will last).

Required Batteries: 3AA (not included).


FroliCat CHEESE

CHEESE is a classic game of peek-a-boo. It works by enticing your cat to play with the two mice that pop their heads out from either side of a block of Swiss cheese. The spontaneous nature of the mice will trick your cat as to which side that they will appear next. It has a ‘Play While You Are Away’ mode, which like the ‘Play All Day’ mode enables you to activate the toy to keep your cat entertained for approximately six hours of fun. CHEESE retails for $56.99.

Features

Power button location: on top of the toy.

One Time Play’ mode (how to turn on): press and release the power button (the toy will illuminate green and beep once).

How to turn off: press the power button down for three seconds (the toy will illuminate red and beep once).

Automatic turn off: after 10-15 minutes.

‘Play While You Are Away’ mode: start with the toy in off mode, press and hold down the power button until the toy beeps three times.

Play sessions: 10-15 minutes every two hours for three consecutive intervals.

Required Batteries: 3AA (not included).


FroliCat RoloRat

RoloRat is a spontaneous automatic toy that is designed to inspire play and a cat’s desire to chase. With whiskers and a tail that whips around, it works by intimating the unpredictable nature of a rat scurrying across the floor. It has a ‘Play While You Are Away’ mode, which enables you to activate the toy to keep your cat entertained for approximately six hours of fun. RoloRat retails for $49.99.

Features

Power button location: is the nose of the toy.

One Time Play’ mode (how to turn on): press and release the power button (eyes flash red).

How to turn off: press and release the power button.

Automatic turn off: after 10 minutes.

‘Play While You Are Away’ mode: start with the toy in off mode, press and hold down the power button until the toy beeps three times.

Play sessions: 10 minutes every two hours for three consecutive intervals.

Required Batteries: 3AAA (not included).


FroliCat BOLT

BOLT is an interactive laser toy that will provide entertainment not only for your cats but for you as well. It works by projecting a beam of light that constantly moves in different directions, which your cat is bound to chase after, pounce on and swat at. It will likely have you in fits of laughter as you watch your kitty going wild over the infinite red light. You can set the toy down on a hard surface or activate ‘Manual’ mode and hold it in your hand to create your own unique and exciting laser patterns. The lever on top allows you to adjust the position of the mirror and change the height of the laser beams refraction. BOLT retails for $46.99.

Features

Power button location: at the back of the toy.

One Time Play’ mode (how to turn on): press and release the power button.

How to turn off: press and release the power button.

Automatic turn off: after 15 minutes.

‘Play All Day’ / ‘Play While You Are Away’ mode: NA.

‘Manual’ mode: start with the toy in the off mode, press and hold down the power button for three seconds.

Play sessions: NA (as long as the batteries will last).

Required batteries: 4AA (not included).



I had the pleasure of testing the above toys with my two cats (Tiabi and Hali). The girls were intrigued by the toys right from the get-go. When I activated each one individually (to not over stimulate them) it got their attention and you could see their inquisitive nature take hold. They reacted in different ways to all of the toys, but ended up favouring Bolt and Fox Den. This didn’t surprise me because we have played with lasers, as well as hide and seek under the blanket since they were kittens. Our girls are quite spoilt in terms of ‘play time’ in our house so they are used to being entertained and having a fairly active lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong they still love to sleep!


I personally really like Bolt because of its dual function capability, being able to work as a stand-alone or a hand held toy. The laser is crisp and can be adjusted for varying degrees of refraction. I also really liked the RoloRat because of its ability scurry across the floor in various different directions. Hali was more interested in this toy than Tiabi was and I think that this had to do with the noise that it makes. Overall, I would recommend these toys because they are fun, safe, durable and easy to use. Petsafe are so confident in their cat toys that they even offer a two-year Warranty and a 30-day Satisfaction Guaranteed Return Policy for the entire FroliCat range. How awesome is that!



In order to keep your cat (or small dog) entertained during isolation (Covid-19) and long into the future Petsafe is offering Simply Nifty readers 10% off all of their FroliCat toys. Simply click on the link below and type the promo code ‘simplyfroli10’ at the checkout to receive your discount.

https://store.intl.petsafe.net/en-au/play-challenge/cat-toys

But wait, there’s more!

If that isn’t cool enough we have also partnered up with Petsafe to do our first ever giveaway. Every FroliCat toy purchased between now and Friday, 31st July 2020 will go in the running to win one of my two TOP rated toys, Fox Den or Bolt. The choice is yours . . .



The other toy will be donated to a Foster Carer from the Perth Rescue Angels (PRA) which is a Western Australian based not-for-profit animal rescue charity, that strives to change the lives of homeless, neglected, surrendered and abused animals.

To be in the running all you need to do is make a qualifying purchase and send a confirmation to simplynifty@hotmail.com with your full name and the suburb that you live in. The winner will be drawn on Saturday, 1st August 2020, contacted by email and announced on our Facebook Page:

www.facebook.com/simplyniftycom

If you would like to find out more information about how to donate to PRA simply check out their website below:

www.perthrescueangels.org/donate



Well that’s it from me for this review. Until next time, take care all you cool cats and kittens (I may have borrowed that from a crazy cat lady, hehe). But for reals, take care, stay safe, wash your hands and remember that we are all in this together.

Please note: This article has been written from my own personal experience with FroliCat. Entry into the giveaway must be via email with a proof of purchase supplied and a confirmation received. Petsafe prides itself on the safety of its toys so you can purchase FroliCat with the peace of mind knowing that they were designed by engineers and rigorously tested for quality assurance. If you have any concerns about your FroliCat products or you require further information please contact the Petsafe Customer Care Team on 1800 786 608 (Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm).

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