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Cute, but that's it. . .
on 1 January 2008
I saw a few videos of this cat and thought it seemed like a great item. When I saw it at a discount department store for half the price as it is selling for here, I bought it on an impulse. I had to undo all the twisties and cables to shut it off for wrapping. Otherwise, it would meow occasionally through the packaging. It was easy to do, however, without damaging the box.
After I removed it, I decided to turn it on so that I could play with it for a bit and see if it was as good as I had hoped. It was NOT. It does do everything it says, but there is no fun factor involved. There is a, "Oh, gee, how cute" factor, but then you're done. It doesn't really DO much. It sits there, and it moves it's eyes and face and meows and purrs. And, if you stroke it's back REALLY FIRMLY, it kind of lays down and closes its eyes and purrs. To get it to sit back up, you have to pick it up. The legs then go into normal sitting position.
So, that's all there is to it. I have to add, too, that to get the cat to lay down, you really do have to FIRMLY stroke its back. And, this means that kids would most likely not be able to do it, and if they can, then what? There's nothing more to it except to then wash off all the shedding fur that comes off on your hands. And, it's a lot of fur.
So, I wrapped the cat up anyways but was reluctant to give it as one of the eight nights of gifts. On the second night (Chanukah), my daughter brought this package to me to open. I got her a different one and took this one back to the store the very next day to return for something else.
This cat is cute, but it isn't really a toy-- since there is no real play involved. It's more of a thing to look at and briefly interact with and then show your friends, I guess. I can't imagine someone really enjoying this on a daily basis because there's barely any interaction at all. It will mew and move it's head and blink with just minor interaction, but after that, that's it.