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PET SCIENCE KITTY COLLEGE
|CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.|
This kit allows children to test the boundaries of their cats' abilities. They can construct fun, intuitive cat toys as well as teach them memory tests, problem solving and find motor skills. For children 6 years & up.
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2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
For smart catsJan 04, 2013
By Lisa M. Anderson
My daughter saw this product in a magazine, and I was delighted that Amazon had it. We have two cats w ho she adores and she loves to play with them, so I thought this would be an awesome toy to get her, especially since she had noticed it too. The kitty college kit comes with a series of tests to determine how smart your cat is.
It is a foam board that has different games on it that you build for the cat (adult assembly definitely required to get the stickers / foam pieces lined up in the correct place). After it is assembled, the first test is to see whether cats are attracted to a movable object or a movable object with sound (marble vs. bell) - my cats were completely un-interested in this "test." So, moving on. There is a pom pom in this kit (which my cats go crazy about), and you are to test the reaction of the cat when you have it loosely on a string and moving it around with your hand, or, when you tie it to the spring on the foam board. My cats loved the pom pom tied to the string, as expected, but did not care when the pom pom was tied to the spring.
Next, the treats. This tests the smartness of your cats.. which my cats have completely failed. First, your cats must love cat treats. If they don't eat cat treats, then this test will not work for them. There are three different tests here that test them:
- (1) There are three little "knobs" on the foam board. You place a treat on each knob and cover with a plastic covering that have stickers on them. The stickers are to see if the cat has a memory or not. So, you place one treat under the red triangle with the cat watching. In theory, the cat knows it is under the red triangle so goes for that one. Then, you move the red triangle to a different knob and see what happens. And so on - there are different shapes and colors for you to test your cat's colors / memory to shapes. This was a failure for our cats.. they were completely un-interested.
- (2) The zig-zag test. This test is cute.. but my cats, again, weren't that smart to complete this task either. You have a zig-zag curve in the foam board. You place a treat under a little container and the cat has to move the little container with his paw to the edge of the board where there is a circle that will tip the container over to reveal the treat. Complicated for a cat..!
- (3) The tip over tube test. You have two tubes held together by a rubber band. Using their paw, the cats can tip over a treat that then falls down to the board into an obstacle of straws sticking up.. which then the cat has to use their paws again to bat it out of the straws and onto the floor to eat it. Sounds complicated, but my cats (or one of them at least) managed to do this test... once. Woke up one morning, all three treats we put in a tube were gone - so, they did managed to complete this task!
I rated this product 4 stars because it is cute, my daughter loved to "test" the cats knowledge, but my cats were not smart enough to handle this product (let's face it.. they are pretty lazy). If my cats were actually to cooperate and "learn" the board and the different tasks, then it would be pretty amazing.. but I don't foresee this happening! Cute product though and fun for the kids to do with the cats.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Fun for Cats and KidsDec 19, 2012
By R. Weber
My cat-obsessed 8 year old and our 3 year old cat both have been enjoying Kitty College. I think the success of this toy depends on having a curious and energetic cat. Having enticing cat treats promotes longer attention for the cat.
A word to the wise that an adult *must* help with assembly despite the fact that box states for ages 6 and up. Even with an adult, the instructions were a little confusing and frustrating at times and our kit was missing a string, which was easy enough to substitute with what we had on hand.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
great toy for the little teacher..Dec 12, 2012
As soon as. I seen this I knew my niece would love it. She has a cat and is a only child. She has every toy etc. This is perfectly perfect for that type of child. What a great find for a great price.
a little confusing to put togetherFeb 20, 2013
it was challenging to follow the directions to construct this. the cat is pretty much completely disinterested, but i doubt that is a fault of the product
too badFeb 09, 2013
There were great ideas of how to train your cat, but unfortunately it was hard to put together and very cheaply made. I ended up throwing it away after a couple days.
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