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Trixie Mad Scientist Turn Around Interactive Cat Toy

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Channel your cat’s energy and curiosity into the Trixie Mad Scientist Turn Around Interactive Cat Toy. Cats are clever and inquisitive animals, and this interactive toy is designed with just that in mind, offering a variety of ways to play. Start off by placing some treats inside the beakers, and let your cat master the concept of flipping the beakers upside down to release the treats. Then, take it up a notch by adding the included lids with patterned holes, which makes it more difficult to get the treat out. He’ll love the thrill of the hunt and mental stimulation!

Key Benefits

  • Interactive toy is designed to channel your cat’s energy and curiosity into positive ways.
  • Includes base, frame, three beakers, two sets of patterned lids (6 total), and instructions with tips.
  • Cats must flip and balance beakers upside down to release the treats.
  • Start off with no lids, and then add them to increase the level of difficulty.
  • Made of durable, kitty-safe plastic and rubber and measures 8.5” wide x 6” diameter x 12.75” high.

What's Included

Base, frame, (3) beakers, and (2) sets of patterned lids (6 total).

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  • Item Number
    118923
  • Dimensions
    8.5 x 6 x 12.75 inches
  • Weight
    1.25 pounds
  • Material
    Plastic, Rubber

Instructions

Cat must flip and balance beakers upside down to release treats:

  • Step 1: Place treats in beakers
  • Step 2: Leave lids off until flipping/balancing beakers is mastered
  • Step 3: Place lids with patterned holes on beakers
  • Step 4: Mix and match lids for an added challenge

Use and Care:

Dishwasher safe.

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  • Fun idea, bad execution

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    I have two five-month old kitties who play constantly and love treats. Naturally, I thought this toy might be perfect for them. Unfortunately that isn't the case. First off, there was a screw missing from the box when we got it, although it wasn't a critical missing piece, it was annoying that it wasn't complete. Second of all, the slots in the little 3-holed caps that go on the tops of the vials are too small for Temptation treats, which are my cats' favorites. We tried the alternative caps, but those are so large that it's no challenge and the treats just dump out. Third, the toy tips over the second one of the cats gets a little too frisky with it, which is all the time. We ended up I have two five-month old kitties who play constantly and love treats. Naturally, I thought this toy might be perfect for them. Unfortunately that isn't the case. First off, there was a screw missing from the box when we got it, although it wasn't a critical missing piece, it was annoying that it wasn't complete. Second of all, the slots in the little 3-holed caps that go on the tops of the vials are too small for Temptation treats, which are my cats' favorites. We tried the alternative caps, but those are so large that it's no challenge and the treats just dump out. Third, the toy tips over the second one of the cats gets a little too frisky with it, which is all the time. We ended up having to put it away because the cats were knocking it over more than they were getting the treats to come out of the toy. Pretty sure we will be returning this one, as it wasn't that cheap. … more

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  • Great food toy with modifications

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    Two of my cats inhale their kibble so I've been looking for food puzzles to slow them down and make mealtime more fun. My cats are either fast studies or food addicts because they caught on to this immediately. My easy "fix" to slow them down was to tape over two of the holes in what is supposed to be the more difficult tops with three holes. That did the trick. Now they have to be more persistent at batting the tubes to get the kibbles and that was my goal. The "spikes" underneath the tubes also add another level of difficulty requiring manipulation with their paws in order to extricate the kibble that falls between them. It's also entertainment for me, watching my two cats take turns Two of my cats inhale their kibble so I've been looking for food puzzles to slow them down and make mealtime more fun. My cats are either fast studies or food addicts because they caught on to this immediately. My easy "fix" to slow them down was to tape over two of the holes in what is supposed to be the more difficult tops with three holes. That did the trick. Now they have to be more persistent at batting the tubes to get the kibbles and that was my goal. The "spikes" underneath the tubes also add another level of difficulty requiring manipulation with their paws in order to extricate the kibble that falls between them. It's also entertainment for me, watching my two cats take turns at the tubes and chase kibble when they manage to make it fling out of the tubes. … more

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  • Fun for the cat!

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    Our cat loves to get into things, so to help keep him entertained, we give him his dry food in puzzles. This was a great addition. We showed him one time how to spin the jars and he immediately took off on his own. It's easy for him, but not too easy! It does occasionally tip over, but this is usually when the food is almost gone and he's getting rough with it anyway. It's solid, seems to be well made, and the base has good traction on a hardwood floor.

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  • Amazing for food-motivated piggy-cats

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    My cat is totally obsessed with food, but is on a very serious diet. She goes crazy trying to get at food, trying to get me to give her food, and otherwise begging and scavenging and howling until I'm about ready to chuck her out the window! She's also very clever, so is very good at getting into things that might contain food. Basically, I needed something to keep her entertained, slow down her feeding, and keep her quiet! This is PERFECT. It even gives her some exercise, as she has to stretch up to hit the tubes. My cat caught on to it instantly - my only complaint is that I wish there were more "tube tops" so you can change the difficulty more easily. I ended up taping over many of the holes My cat is totally obsessed with food, but is on a very serious diet. She goes crazy trying to get at food, trying to get me to give her food, and otherwise begging and scavenging and howling until I'm about ready to chuck her out the window! She's also very clever, so is very good at getting into things that might contain food. Basically, I needed something to keep her entertained, slow down her feeding, and keep her quiet! This is PERFECT. It even gives her some exercise, as she has to stretch up to hit the tubes. My cat caught on to it instantly - my only complaint is that I wish there were more "tube tops" so you can change the difficulty more easily. I ended up taping over many of the holes in the top to make it harder for my cat. Regardless, she loves the dang thing, and will sit there spinning and purring for a good long time. My foster kittens aren't very interested in the kibble, but think the spinning and dropping of things is extremely interesting, so they like to "help." My dog couldn't care less. IMPORTANT NOTE: Your animal will NOT USE THIS if they do not like kibbles or treats. This is probably not going to work very well for free-fed animals. However, if you're looking to put your pet on a diet, this may be exactly what you need. … more

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  • Fantastic interactive cat toy keeps them busy & slows dry food eating.

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    The Mad Scientist Test Tube toy comes with specific directions to help you teach your cat(s) step-by-step to enjoy themselves. Depending on your cats, it might be a challenge for them just to figure out how to use their paws to maneuver the dry food pieces out from between the prongs on the base. To start teaching them to tip the tube, just put up ONE tube on the bar, without any lid, fill it with dry food, & model how to tip it over to pour out the food. You may need to repeat this modeling several times, being sure to draw your cat's attention to the tube as you tilt it over. It will take a while, maybe days, because every time you tip over the tube, the cat wants to eat all the food that poured The Mad Scientist Test Tube toy comes with specific directions to help you teach your cat(s) step-by-step to enjoy themselves. Depending on your cats, it might be a challenge for them just to figure out how to use their paws to maneuver the dry food pieces out from between the prongs on the base. To start teaching them to tip the tube, just put up ONE tube on the bar, without any lid, fill it with dry food, & model how to tip it over to pour out the food. You may need to repeat this modeling several times, being sure to draw your cat's attention to the tube as you tilt it over. It will take a while, maybe days, because every time you tip over the tube, the cat wants to eat all the food that poured out. So be patient. The metal bar fits between the two ends of the 'legs' & fastens securely with little white screw-on caps. If you tighten the caps too much, the tubes won't be able to spin, so just keep the caps a bit loose. The blue plastic tubes are translucent, so the cats can see the food left inside - not well, but enough to know it's in there. In the reviews I read, some people's cats figured out this toy immediately, but since other pet-parents seemed to have trouble with the toy or with teaching their cats to use it, I wrote lots of details to start you off. It's really worth it because my busiest, smartest cat now spends lots of time on this, & the other cats sit by & wait until the food falls out to join in the scavenging. To make things neater for me, I've put the entire toy in a large shallow, plastic bin (the kind you use to store things under a bed). Sometimes the toy falls over, but it's built well & this doesn't damage it. This was an excellent purchase that I highly recommend. … more

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  • Educational?

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    My cats do not understand this. If hungry they may work on getting a treat out of the pegs on the bottom, but give up easily. I will keep showing them, but recommend you think twice about this purchase.

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  • For smart cats

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    A pamphlet is included with this item with instructions on how to gradually introduce your cat to this toy so they are able to catch on. I found those super helpful, but I just don't think my cat is intelligent enough (or patient enough?) for this toy. She never paid any attention to the blue tubes on top. It took her some time just to figure out how to get the treats out from the prongs on the bottom. This toy was useful to me in that I would put treats in the bottom while I went to work so she would have something to interact with/keep her entertained while I was gone. This product could be perfect and my cat just isn't compatible with it, so I'm not going to give it a 0. I think it's decent A pamphlet is included with this item with instructions on how to gradually introduce your cat to this toy so they are able to catch on. I found those super helpful, but I just don't think my cat is intelligent enough (or patient enough?) for this toy. She never paid any attention to the blue tubes on top. It took her some time just to figure out how to get the treats out from the prongs on the bottom. This toy was useful to me in that I would put treats in the bottom while I went to work so she would have something to interact with/keep her entertained while I was gone. This product could be perfect and my cat just isn't compatible with it, so I'm not going to give it a 0. I think it's decent if your cat is patient/smart enogh to figure it out. Even if not, they could still use the prongs on the bottom. … more

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  • Cat can't figure it out.

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    We've had this toy for a few weeks and our cat still can't seem to figure it out. We even took the lids completely off of the bottles, but he still can't get the treats out. We have another toy by Trixie company and he loves that. I thought this one would be just as good. But its not! He is a smart cat but I think he can't see into the bottles because he is small. He knows something is in there.... but can't seem to get them out. Otherwise, the toy seems well made...just not useful for our cat.

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  • My cats are hooked on this

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    They beg me several times a day to put treats in this so they can play with it and sometimes they play with it when there are no treats in it at all... It is one of the better toys have gotten them.

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  • food puzzle

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    Cats love it. Took a little bit for the to figure it out. But figure it out they did. The different lids add a bit of difference when they think that they have it figured out. Love it recommend it to keep your cats interested and alert

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