When it comes to cat toys, what could be a more recognizable staple than the mouse toy? If you've shared your home with a feline for any amount of time, you've probably had one of them floating around. Let's be frank, though. We buy them, but do they really get a lot of action? I mean, they just sort of... sit there. Sometimes they have catnip, but we know that that's usually not enough to grab anyone's attention. Unless your cat's play style includes vigorous hockey games, he'll likely lose interest fairly quickly. There is a gadget on the market, though, that solves the problem of mouse toy dullness – the Petronics Mousr. Today, we're going to look into what it is, what it does, and what users are saying about it.
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What is the Petronics Mousr?
The Petronics Mousr is an interactive robotic toy. This gadget takes the traditional mouse toy and thrusts it into futuristic territory. Let's begin with how it looks. Mousr strays a bit from the norm by casting off the usual soft, plushy exterior, opting instead for a sleek polycarbonate casing that is carried along by chunky wheels. One small nod to tradition is the port at the back-end that allows you to insert a variety of fluffy, enticing tails.
Next, we'll talk about function. Unlike traditional mice, this particular plaything actually moves. Now, I know what you're thinking... there are already RC mouse toys on the market. While this is true, most maneuver their little robotic bodies in a less-than-realistic fashion. The Mousr, on the other hand, is built to mimic a real rodent – not only in its movements, but also in its ability to navigate, orient itself, and react to your cat.
Finally, we'll talk a bit about how it's actually used. The Mousr can be used in a few different ways. The first way is via remote control. Unlike other RC-style toys, you don't get a stand alone controller. Instead, you get a handy phone application that features a wide variety of customizable games. Another way you can use your Mousr is setting it to auto mode. Auto mode allows the toy to function with minimal human intervention. And when I say minimal, I mean that you set it up to your specifications – via the app – and let it go. If you don't have a smartphone, though, this toy can still be used. For initial setup, you will need a compatible device; however, after everything is up and running, you can simply press the push button underneath, and let the toy do its own thing.
What Does the Petronics Mousr do?
Petronics loudly proclaims that Mousr is one of the most advanced cat toys around, and actually, that might not be that far from the truth. In appearance, the Mousr looks a little less like a cat toy and a little more like a really funky RC car, but don't let that fool you; this contraption is loaded with kitty-pleasing features. For instance, it boasts a number of sensors that allow it to move in a way that is not unlike the movement of a real-life rodent. These sensors are also pretty useful on the human side, as they help keep the toy upright, avoid obstacles, and get unstuck when it finds itself... say, jammed under the couch or stuck behind the TV stand. Which means you will spend less time trying to right the toy, and more time actually playing with it!
- Free smartphone app with several pre-set games
- Customizable game modes
- Strong polycarbonate shell
- Replaceable tails
- Rechargeable battery
- Multiple sensors that allow the toy to adjust its speed, avoid obstacles, interact with your cat, and right itself when it's been flipped over
- Concealed speaker that plays several types of life-like sounds (this feature can be turned off in the app)
- Bluetooth connectivity with a 30-foot (around 10-meter) wireless range
- Artificial Intelligence that helps the toy adapt to its environment and improve over time
What are People Saying About Petronics Mousr
By and large, the attitude toward Petronics Mousr is pretty positive, but there are a few things to keep in mind.
One of the biggest complaints about this contraption is the price tag. Admittedly, when you compare it with other cat toys on the market, there's an unmistakable sense of sticker shock. Even when compared to other RC-style gadgets, this particular plaything is a little on the high end. On the positive side of this debate, there's a couple of really good reasons to overlook the price. For one thing, unlike other remote controlled toys, this thing is infinitely more functional and a good deal more diverse. The second thing is a pretty pleasant surprise for cat owner's 'round the world... cats actually play with it. Some folks mention that their felines are a little leery at first, but after they become familiar with this shiny new object, all bets are off. And that alone is pretty valuable!
Another complaint that people have is the battery life. At the most active speed, this toy can go through a charge in a half hour. For older cats, this may not be a problem, but if you're living with kittens, you may be frustrated. On the upside, it appears that the developers are trying to work out ways to decrease power usage, thus extending battery life.
To round up this section, it must be noted that some people have complained about the tails being easily destroyed. Others have mentioned that this toy isn't ideal when you also have a dog in the house as the small parts could easily be chewed up by strong jaws.
One of the best things about the Petronics Mousr is that... well... cats seem to dig it. Of course, every kitty is an individual, and results may vary, but according to numerous users, their feline friends actually seem to enjoy this futuristic gizmo. Furthermore, because of its large array of variables, cats are less likely to get bored. Or, at least, it will probably take them a good deal longer than usual.
Which brings us to its next advantage. You can actually customize it to suit your kitty's unique play style. Unlike many other RC cat toys, which at best let you adjust the speed, this unique little plaything not only allows for speed adjustments, but also comes with a number of games, plays hard to get or plays dead, and allows for games of hide-and-seek, chase, or tag. It's also highly customizable, and comes with a few different attachable tails, meaning that no matter what your kitty is into, this toy can be adjusted to suit his needs.
Other benefits of the Mousr include its ability to navigate out of sticky situations – like under chairs or along the side of the fridge; its autonomous mode, which allows your kitty some hands-off playtime; and free software updates that ensure this thing not only functions properly, but also has the latest and greatest games and customization options.
As time has gone by, the cat toy market has gotten a little stale, but the Petronics Mousr has definitely revived things, which is great for kitties everywhere. So should you buy one? Well, that depends. If your cat is bored with his current toy spread, and if you can get beyond the initial price tag, then this gadget certainly seems to be a good investment.