Nekochan Enterprises is a company that specializes in crafting and selling high quality pet products. The most famous line of toys that they sell are called Neko Flies which attach to a cat toy called the Neko Flies Ultimate Cat Rod. The company was started by Ellen Tsyuki who identified a real weakness in the cat toy market when she starting testing out cat toys and seeing which ones were the best in terms of being durable and fun. The company was named after her mother’s Abyssinian cat Nekochan. Neko stands for cat and chan is a term of endearment.
Most cat toys in the market are flimsy, weak, and not manufactured to elicit the type of prey drive or mental stimulation that I like to see during play times. The goal of Nekochan Enterprises was to help manufacture and provide the type of toys that would encourage household cats to play more and to save people money in the process. I saw this toy on Amazon while making reviews and knew I had to make a solid and honest review for people interested in it. The possibility of owning and recommending a durable toy that provided endless methods of play would help make my job as a cat behavior consultant easier and more fulfilling.
I offered to review this product because I am a cat behavior consultant and want to offer the best toys to my clients when I make recommendations for them. I am happy to say that I could barely get this toy assembled because my cats were already pouncing on it and chirping. One cat even took the toy and tried to drag it away from me. Finding a toy this effective was great news for me because play therapy is paramount for keeping cats healthy and happy. Ongoing play therapy can help prevent obesity, provide mental plus physical exercise, and decrease stress on a long term basis. The best play therapy is when you are able to use different toys everyday which is made much easier by simply switching out attachments over buying a ton of toys that you have to store.
I could already tell the toy was high quality before opening it. The package was easy to open and frustration free which is what I like to see. The Nekochan rod is made of high quality graphite and the string is very strong and resistant to tearing. This toy is designed to stand up to vigorous play which I can confirm after having my Maine Coon and Siberian cats play with it for hours. My Siberian cat is notorious for destroying almost any cat toy within an hour because he pulls on them hard with his teeth and pounces on the toy like he is going in for the kill.
The string is easily adjusted to three different lengths which include 18 inches, 25 inches, and 32 inches. This is a technology that is often referred to as telescoping. Telescoping toys are useful in the sense that you can carry them easily from location to location which is invaluable to me as a cat behaviorist. Being able to alternate how far the cat toy can reach is one way to provide ongoing variety for play sessions. The clip for determining how long you want the cat toy is very durable too and user friendly.
I like to use the longest length of string for dragging the toy around the house for cats who like to chase or for enticing a scared cat from under the bed. The medium length is ideal for flying the toy around the room for the cat who wants to jump and catch over utilizing the ground. The shortest length is the best length to use for maneuvering up and down cat furniture such as cat trees for the cat who is a live wire. I found that all of my personal cats had a different preference for play style.
The best selling point of this toy is that it can be used with any attachment sold by this company. There is so many attachments that you can use which provides the kind of variety that a cat needs in their life. I plan on buying all of the attachments once I finish this review. Also look for a review in the future for each individual attachment you can purchase. My wand came with two attachments which includes the Birbug and the Kattipede.
The Realistic Birbug
The Realistic Kattipede
All of my cats preferred the Birbug over the other attachment that I had with me. The Birbug is uniquely made and is so realistic that it freaked me out a little bit. The Birbug attachment includes everything that playtime should utilize. The toy has large and shiny wings which make flying through the air even more interesting than a feather toy. The toy also sports a unique feather design which includes the tail, dangly legs, and a colorful body.
Shelter Cats Love It!
Great For Cats Of Any Age!
I tested the Neko Flies toy out with my own cats and with shelter cats who have been exposed to a wide variety of other toys to see what their preference was. This toy was much more effective than other feather toys that I attempted to use in regards to being interactive and durable. I think this toy is so successful because it strives so hard to mimic the design of critters that your cat would likely find if they were outside cats or barn cats. Below is some footage of the toy being played with at the local animal shelter I volunteer for.
The endless variation of size, movement, and attachment is what sold this toy for me because every cat is an individual and will have individual preferences. It should be noted that the plastic eyes and legs are tied on so securely that there is almost no way for them to be separated which provides peace of mind when it comes to the safety of your cats. In addition, glue is minimally used and is completely non-toxic to your cats.
Attachments available for this toy include:
Katarantula – tarantual spider
Kragonfly – dragonfly
Kittenator – terminator
Kittycada – cicada
Kiticatterfly – butterfly
Kattipede – centipede
Birbug – bird and bug combination
The price is higher than your average cat toy but keep in mind that you can buy just this toy and not have to buy 5 other toys that could break easily and not provide near the same amount of variety. You can buy this magnificent cat toy by clicking here.
Zachariah Atteberry is a registered veterinary technician and certified cat behaviorist with over 5 years of animal shelter experience. Zach also holds a shelter management and shelter medicine certificate. He looks forward to sharing his expertise with you