The Petstages tower of tracks is the most brilliant toy we’ve bought. Miles and Persephone leap, pounce, dance, and shake the tower trying to remove the balls cruising along the outside track.
It’s the domestic version of a predator stalking their prey. Jumping out from behind the TV stand to savagely work nature’s laws on an interactive cat toy.
For an almost stupidly simple idea—ball plus track equals toy—it’s a fun toy to watch your cats go crazy for.
But that’s what makes it the best investment we’ve made so far.
Does the Tower of Tracks stay Together?
Twice, Persephone has dislodged the sky-blue ball from the lowest track on the tower. We didn’t see her triumph. But we did see the ball gently rolling down the hallway to rest on the bedroom carpet.
Our suspicion is that ball dislodged when she pressed track against the wall. With the wall as an anchor she pounced at just the right angle to pop out the sphere.
Good thing the ball easily snapped back in. No worries. And it’s not small enough for cats to swallow—unlike everything else that ends up on the floor. Not that size stopped either cat from trying to fit their fangs around the rim.
On the other hand, if you have small children though I would make sure you watch them around the tower track just in case.
Did she ever do it again?
If Persephone started dislodging a ball every time she played with the track I would assume she’s a genius, a cat-physicist, running multiple mental calculations on the fly. Turns out she’s not as smart as she looks. Persephone needs luck’s help to unravel the mysteries of the track tower.
While we haven’t lost any of the tracker tower balls, we have read that ping pongs will work if you’re desperate for a replacement. Anything about the size of a ping pong ball should work as well.
Safety Measures for Knocking over a Tower
The center of the Petstages track tower is a hollow rim. Which I’m thankful for. Miles has a notorious habit for sticking himself into spaces too small for his head.
Apparently, older versions of the tower lacked the bar. I do not suggest picking one of those up if you happen to find an older model.
Nobody wants to come home to find your cat sulking around the house wearing a track tower for a cone.
Will it stay in place?
Not really. The cats are typically ferocious enough with the Petstages track tower to knock it to the other side of the living room by the end of the day. Or, on one side. Oftentimes we come home to find it flipped upside down.
The bottom of the track tower features rubber stoppers. But the non-slip pads still slip, even on hardwood floors.
Though we might not have tested hardwood enough. The cats preferred to play with the tower on the carpet. Which is probably largely due to Miles. He has so much fur on his paws that he can’t keep his balance when pouncing on hardwood.
All the movement is not too big of a deal. I have to wonder if being lightweight helps prevent cats from knocking the ball out more often. Since they constantly have to chase after the tower every time they move it.
Is the track tower loud?
We hear the cats playing with the track tower in the middle of the night. It’s pretty often that I wake up at 4 AM to find Persephone batting away at the tower. I think she does it because Miles is busy trying to spoon us in bed, so she has the tower all to herself.
The sound of cat paws swatting at the balls is not the sound of summertime crickets. I can’t imagine many people finding it relaxing.
If you have thin walls, and you’re a light sleeper, you may want to put the tower away at night.
So far we haven’t experienced a noise issue. More noise is already made by the cats scrambling around the apartment. As if once the lights go off it’s time to get off.
Do you play with the Tower of Tracks with your cat?
The cat tower advertises itself as “allows you to play with your cat”. That’s a stretch.
At least the Petstages cat tower is more of a solo excursion for your kitties. Miles and Persephone have even developed personal strategies for tackling the tower. And they’re not complementary.
Miles will start from across the room, build up speed Looney Tunes style, and leap with all his weight onto the tower. Meanwhile, Persephone straddles the track tower like she’s standing over the top of a volcano, swatting at hikers climbing up the sides.
The most bonding time you’ll get is if you’re cat likes to play fetch. They sit on one side pawing the ball, and you sit on the other sending it back. Not the most riveting playtime.
To see our cats play with the track tower is often hysterical. They started out cautious as freshman and have become track tower Olympians. Sometimes they do play together, creating the slowest game of Air-Table hockey ever witnessed.
Admittedly, we’ve had the cat tower for a few months and while the cats still play with daily, they don’t go as wild as they did at first. Even cats become bored by what’s all too familiar.
But as one of the interactive toys scattered throughout our apartment the Petstages tower of tracks is near the top of the best purchases. Unlike many of the other gizmos we’ve spent on that now sit in a produce box waiting for the tower of tracks to topple over.