Metro Pets

By Devon Brown

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At twenty-two pounds, my chunky cat Monkey makes quite an impression when greeting guests at the door. Big-boned is a phrase that often escapes my lips but it’s difficult to ignore the fact that he doesn’t move much. Excluding mad dashes for food, Monkey spends most of his time perfecting the art of chill.

My city kitty is probably not the only cosmopolitan feline with a knack for total relaxation. Unlike suburban cats with their trees to climb and birds to chase, our cats are confined to clawing the couch. They need a way to express natural behaviors without scratching up the paint on our walls, and terrorizing our house plants. With this in mind, I began my search.

Buzz in the pet blogging community lead me to the Cat Dancer ( Irresistible to kitties, this toy was purported to get any cat up to shake his tail feather. A design of a long flexible wire with bits of cardboard on each end, the Cat Dancer seems to be simple, but within seconds of dangling it before Monkey’s gaze, he was up on his hind legs batting at the air like a feline warrior.

Unlike another popular cat toy that looks a lyrical gymnastics ribbon, the Cat Dancer requires little human effort. Held lightly between thumb and forefinger, pet owners can easily munch on a salad while their cats get a workout.

Order one at or If you want to drive your cat into a excitable frenzy, Catnip Cat Dancer includes a mouse shaped handle that is infused with 100% catnip oil. The handle will give off the scent for a full four months after opening and is refillable.

Originally published November 2010

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