Marshal Maus is a sleek yellow plastic mouse and he wants to be your cat's new best friend. Marshal is the featured moving attraction on the FroliCat Pounce, an innovative new cat toy from FroliCat. Pounce is a circular track around which Marshal Maus travels to entice your cat to play. The track measures 12" L X 12" W X 2.8" H. Powered by 3 AA batteries which are not included, there are 4 variable speed settings to keep your cat from becoming bored. The Pounce will turn off automatically after 10 minutes of playtime to conserve the batteries.
Insert the batteries in the compartment on the underside of the toy. The On/Off button in the center of the track also sets the speed at which Marshal moves. Pressing the button once, turns the Pounce on and starts Marshal running on the Slow setting. Press it again and he will advance to Medium, a third press is Fast, and with a fourth press of the button he will function at the variable speed setting. Lights on the panel will turn red to let you know what setting is active.
He goes forward, backward, stops, starts and generally twitches unexpectedly to gain your cat's attention. There are 3 domed mouse holes set around the track. Marshall will rest in these structures for a second or 2 but he is only partially concealed so the cats don't lose interest. That's when they sneak up and tap Marshal on the head or fanny to get him going again.
My 2 cats took to Marshal right away. They would sit on either side of the Pounce and take turns swatting at Marshal when he went by. Every now and then Thumper would grab the little yellow mouse and it would make a chittering noise as the mechanism attempted to move Marshal forward. Thumper would let go and Marshal would continue on his way. The toy seems to be well constructed and can tolerate this type of abuse from your cats.
When their first play session ended, both cats were very disappointed. They kept tapping Marshal to wake him up again. When that didn't work, Kara curled up in the middle of the track and went to sleep in case Marshal woke up later and wanted to play again.
Battery life seems to be very good. We've been playing with the Pounce for a couple of months and it's still on the first set of batteries.
I can't honestly say that this was a great source of exercise for my cats but they were entertained and still enjoy playing with it many weeks later. They hear Marshal moving around the track and they come running to play with him. My cats are both 5 years old and have a more laid back approach to toys. You might get more activity if you have kittens but even older felines will find Marshal very entertaining and he will hold their attention for the full 10 minute play cycle. That's pretty remarkable when you think of how much money we all spend on toys that are rejected without a second glance and all we get for our efforts is a glare or total disinterest. I think the Pounce is a winner even for my lazy cats.
The Pounce is available from the PetSafe Store online and Amazon for about $31. Petco also has the Pounce and it's currently price under $30. Your little darlings would love to find Marshal Maus waiting under the tree to play with on Christmas morning or any other time of year.