The Cheerble Ball seems like a great toy for your cat. After all, the self-moving ball is designed to keep your cat entertained as it rolls around the room. But, like all inventions made for the sole purpose of keeping your finicky pets occupied, it fails to hold their attention once they figure it out.
- 42mm wide
- 100mAh battery, 4 hours rated battery life
Launched as a Kickstarter project, the Cheerble Ball was bundled as part of the “Cheerble Board Game“. The board game featured a cardboard scratching box with holes for the ball to roll around and for your cat to chase. Alternatively, the ball is also sold separately, and works just fine rolling around the floors of your home. It looks just like a smaller version of the Cheerble Wicked Ball.
The Cheerble Ball has three different modes: Gentle, normal, and active. These are designed around how physical your cat is. My experience with the modes is basically how much it moves around and how much it bounces. I mostly used normal mode, but my cats became uninterested after the first day. The ball also turns stops for a 30 minutes rest mode after 10 minutes of running around.
The 100mAh battery of the Cheerble Ball is good enough to last for hours, and can be charged with a micro-USB cable. There’s also a hook near the micro-USB slot for you to attach a bell, which comes with the ball. It’s a bit difficult to hook the bell in, but you’ll soon figure out the trick. It does fall out easily when you open the cover, though.
I honestly think the Cheerble Ball is a great idea, but my cats seem to prefer us playing with them with our usual toys. They’ve steadfastly ignored the ball once they accepted that it could roll around and bounce. My friend bought the Board Game version, and told me their four cats have pretty much ignored the game and the ball. Of course, it may work for your cats, so you can head here to buy one. But I’m pretty much convinced my Cheerble Ball purchase was a waste of cash, so my advice is to give this a skip.