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Zoomer Kitty

Zoomer Kitty

Fall 2015 Toys
Ages: 5 & Up
Manufacturer: Spin Master Toys
Price: $99.99

The Zoomer Kitty is a black and white interactive toy cat that mimics the behaviors of a real cat. The sensors in its head, ears and cheeks react to being pet. Kitty plays with the toy ball included, emits life-like purrs, nuzzles, sings and dances (ok, maybe that's not like a real cat), walks and waves her tail, and even pounces at random intervals. Kitten lovers just wave a hand in front of her face and get ready for the fun of owning a cat, but without the worries of hairballs, furniture scratching or litter boxes.

Tester-voiced concerns included, too much to absorb from the overwhelming manual (there's a cheat sheet on page 12), face sensors need longer range, and battery life. Kitty needs to be fully charged before playing with her (no surprise). Just be sure to remember where you put the USB charging cable! With all the lifelike functions Kitty elicits, the charge lasts about 30 minutes. Plenty of time for faux feline fun.

Ines Horlacher   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Ines holds a Bachelor's degree in secondary Spanish education, a Master's Degree in secondary teaching and is currently pursuing an Administrator's endorsement on her teaching certificate. Married and mother of a five year old girl and a three year old boy, if Ines is not cooking, she's consumed by glue, glitter, and cotton ball crafts.

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