This topic came up in a different thread and I didn't want to pirate it, plus its worth one of its own. There may not be another animal as easy to manipulate thru their instincts as cats. My personal favorite is the short ice fishing rod (24"-28" long). Its easy to control and use in small spaces, and works extremely well. You can control the retrieval rate, and jump, pause, etc. with it. You can buy a short 24"'-28" ice fishing rod and use 6 lb. test line or less. The lower the test line the less likely the cat will catch on to it and keep its focus on the thing tied onto the end of it. You don't have to be picky about what you tie on, I've just used a casting practice plug and its great! What favorite toys have you used to amuse yourself watching a cat flip, roll, hunker down and attack? What favorite toys have you used to amuse yourself watching a cat flip, roll, hunker down and attack?