Remote control cat toys can actually be better than normal cat toys for a few reasons depending on what you want to get out of the cat toy.
RC cat toys might sound like they cost more than regular toys, but it is actually quite the opposite. They are pretty competitive in price with regular toys.
By reading this post, you will learn of some of my recommendations of good remote control toys for your cat, and I answer some common questions related to these products.
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When I was looking for a remote control toy for your cat, it was hard to find some good options.
After quite a bit of research, we have found the LATT to be the best remote controlled cat toy.
First off, it is actually able to be controlled by you, the cat owner, which is a must.
When looking for RC toys for your cat, you will come across a lot of automatic toys. These move by themselves instead of moving with a remote control by the owner.
Yes, these are good products, but if you want to personally steer the device your cat is chasing, you will want to avoid an automatic toy.
The thing that gets your cat to chase the car around is this little furry tail that hangs off the front of the toy.
This little tail is multicolored, and creates little bell sounds to entice your kitty to get active, and start chasing the toy.
A lot of the RC cat toys you find will be really cheap products.
Some are so bad that they can’t even go side to side, but just up and back.
This product is not like that, as it allows you to go in any direction, so you can actually make it a hard chase for your cat. It also has some technology that allows you to flip a flipped over car.
This remote control cat toy does not come with batteries.
Yes, that is a bummer, but almost all toys do not include batteries. It is just a normal thing for the industry.
People who have bought this toy have found big success in entertaining their kittens.
The negative that is associated with this product is that sometimes it stops working after only having it for a few weeks.
This is not the usual case, but more of the exception, as the majority of people receive a working product.
The price of this product is affordable, so don’t worry about spending too much.
In summary, the LATT is a really stimulating RC toy, but can have some problems with being a lasting, and durable toy.
The SlowTon is really similiar to the LATT we reviewed as the first product.
It is another car type RC cat toy that has a tail attached to the front.
The tail on this product can come off when your cat pounces on it which can make the hunting experience a little more life like.
The toy is powered by AA batteries which are easy to acquire.
The actual car body is designed to look like a mouse which I do not think will help your cat be more excited about the toy, but it does look cool.
The remote for the toy has 3 three different parts that allows it go forward and back, side to side, and allows the front wheels to move in a 360 direction in case the toy gets flipped over and stuck.
The third controls on the remote prevents you from having to pick up the toy to restart the play, instead you can use the remote to flip the toy back over to a driving position.
Keeping the play going is key.
I loving this kind of toy as it is a great work out and play session for your cat.
Again the price of this toy is pretty cheap, so you can add it to your cat’s toy stash without breaking the bank.
In conclusion, the SlowTon is a fun RC toy that can get your cat running around and having a blast.
Buyer’s Guide To Picking A RC Cat Toy
When picking a toy, there are a few things you should consider to ensure that your cat has the best experience with their remote controlled toy.
What kinds of RC toys are there?
There are really only a few different kinds of RC toys. If you want to buy a toy that isn’t wildly expensive, but still functional, this narrows the kinds of RC toys to two.
First off, there is the RC toy that uses an RC car to transport and dart the actual toy around that your cat is trying to pounce on. An example of this toy would be the LATT, a car with the tail toy attached to the front. I honestly believe these are the best kind of RC toys.
The other kind if an RC car that is the actually thing your cat hunts down. For example, a mouse that has wheels controlled by a remote would be this kind of RC toy.
How long will this toy survive?
RC toys in general do not last a long time. Combine that with a cat chasing them down, biting, and hitting them with their paws, most RC toys for cats do not last that long.
When you are out searching for a RC toy for your cat, I would read the reviews to see if the toy has a tendency of breaking really fast.
You will also want to see how long the battery lasts. Having to replace the batteries frequently is not fun. Almost all of these toys just use batteries instead of being rechargeable.
Is it a choking hazard?
Definitely ask yourself this. I do not think it is worth it to get your cat a RC cat toy that your kitty has even a slim chance of choking on. I had a mouse RC toy on this list, but I was to worried that it could be a choking hazard so I took it off.
How realistic does it look?
This question can help you pick a toy that will be more engaging for your cat. Getting a toy that reminds them of hunting prey is what you should be looking for.
This could be a little tail, or one that actually looks like a mouse or other small animal.
You should definitely consider this as this can be the deciding factor if they choose to play with the RC toy 24/7 or not at all.
Why should I get my cat toys?
Getting your cat toys has so many benefits.
Toys can improve the quality of your cat’s life a lot.
Cats would hunt all their food in the wild. They would have to hunt to survive.
Nowadays, they have all their food provided to them. Cats need an outlet to express this primal attribute of theirs, hunting, and cats toys are a great solution.
Without cat toys, cats can express this by being destructive in your home which you do not want.
Cat toys also encourage cats to get up and move around. Obesity is a huge problem for cats these days. The extent is actually huge. Your cat is more likely to be overweight than not.
If you want to check if your cat is overweight, I wrote this article that compiles some good resources to find out. Exercise is a great way to combat this epidemic. There also a lot of other ways to help your cat lose weight.
RC cat toys in particular really get them running around and chasing a toy which will burn the most calories.
Why can a RC toy be better than a regular toy?
I believe that RC toys are better than regular toys in some aspects, because they allow you to have some personal bonding time with your cat. It is kind of like grooming where you just focus on your cat, and making them feel good.
When you control the toy they are chasing, it is also pretty fun. You get to try to juke them with the car, which is nothing less than exhilarating.
You must give you and your cat some one on one time to play. It is beneficial for both of you according to this post.
RC cat toys gives you some personal time with your cat. A negative about this though is that these toys do need someone to operate them.
If you cat really loves their RC toy, they will only be able to truly play with them when you are available. That leads me on to my next common question and answer.
What are some alternatives to remote control cat toys?
There are plenty of alternatives to remote control cat toys. You have the regular toy that isn’t electronic or anything, but looks like prey or is squeaky.
The other kind you have is automatic cat toys. These are much more similar to RC cat toys as they both are interactive.
Automatic toys move to keep your cat more entertained. These toys have random movement which can be realistic of what it would be like chasing down an animal.
Automatic toys do not allow you to personally control the toy, but they allow you to have an interactive toy that can keep your cat playing even without your presence.
Here is a review of the best automatic cat toys.
Remote control cat toys can provide your cat a fun, and interactive play experience. It also gives you the chance to have some one on one time.