Petlinks Mystery Motion Review – Uh Oh, Where’d It Go?

Product: Petlinks Mystery Motion Automatic Toy

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon

My Rating: 4 out of 5


4 stars

Petlinks Mystery Motion Automatic Cat Toy Product Overview

Ever have the need to play with your cats but don’t have the time or the patience to do it yourself? While I highly recommend you normally play with your cats personally, I know sometimes you just have other stuff to do and you need to offload some of the responsibility to a machine! We humans do this with almost everything these days, so why not cat play time? If you aren’t quite sure why it is important to play with your cat then check this page out at VetStreet.

In the realm of automatic cat toys this has been one of my favorites so far. It has proven to engage my cats time and time again and so long as I don’t try to use it every single day I have great luck getting them to play with it for a pretty good chunk of time. They’ll pounce on it, flip it over, drag it around, and even roll all over it from time to time. Who knows what those little furballs are thinking?!  Here’s a quick high level rundown of the major categories of interest though:

  • Pricing: At the price of a couple of beers at a Chicago bar I think it is a great investment if you can entertain your cats with it for just an hour.
  • Noise Level: This definitely isn’t a toy you’d want to leave on if you’re trying to have a conversation, it is quite loud.
  • Ease of Use for Cats: Cats take to it really quickly, at least both my cats and all of my foster cats have enjoyed it at one time or another.
  • Ease of Use for Humans: Doesn’t get much easier, one single button and some batteries.
  • Quality: I’ve actually been quite impressed with the durability. Since my cats will even pick it up and drag it around I’ve been pleasantly surprised that the motor hasn’t given out or failed yet.

How Was the Setup & Use?

The setup was a breeze. The instructions are incredibly straight forward and also completely unnecessary to be honest. They only have a few simple steps. You can watch my YouTube video of the setup below, but it only took about 30 seconds once I had all of the parts out of the box.

As you can see both Lexi and Beast get a kick out of the toy. I do find that from day to day their moods vary. Sometimes they love it and they’ll play with it for 15-20 minutes and other times they’ll walk past it like it doesn’t exist. The latter tends to happen if you try to use it too often and aren’t actually engaging with your cats and playing with them yourself.  Toys can only do so much to take the place of actually interacting with your furry friend!

My General Take:

I give it a solid 4 stars, so far it has been a great product and has helped get my cats some exercise when I am in the middle of something and don’t have time to play with them.  There are of course some things that would make it better, but given that it comes in at a pretty darn affordable price point and it has held up for a good long time I am very happy with my investment so far!

One additional item to call out is that since it isn’t just a piece of string on the end it is much less likely that your cat can quickly chew it off which can result in a useless toy or a medical problem. I’ve had this trouble with the toys that automatically throw strings on a random cadence and this is an additional perk compared to those.

The Pros:

  • The multiple settings do help throw cats for a loop and keep them engaged.
  • My cats still can’t seem to figure out that it is moving under the cover, they keep pouncing and looking!
  • It simulates an actual hunt much better than a laser pointer, the cat actually gets to claw/chew on something.
  • It is quite durable, mine has taken a constant beating for almost a year now and is working fine.
  • Super easy to put together.
  • It lasts a long time with daily use on the 3 AA batteries. Mine has lasted months without issue.

Room for Improvement:

  • Adding in a self shut off timer would be a great addition so you could start it as you leave the house to keep the cats engaged.
  • It would be nice if it was a bit quieter, but this certainly isn’t a deal breaker.

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What’s In the Box?

  • 1 Motor Box w/ Rotating Arm
  • 1 Feather Attachment
  • 1 Mystery Cover

petlinks mystery motion batteryFrequently Asked Questions

  • Are the batteries included?
    • No, they aren’t.
  • What type and how many batteries does it take?
    • It takes 3 AA batteries.
  • Is it quiet or loud?
    • I would say it is pretty loud for an automatic cat toy. This could scare off skittish cats.
  • How long do the batteries last?
    • Mine have lasted for several months with on and off use in about 15 minute increments.
  • Will it break easily if the cats pounce on it or drag the feather in the wrong direction?
    • While my cats are admittedly not super rough with toughs in general, they have definitely picked this toy up by the feather and it is still operating without any problem in regular operation.
  • What will I need to put it together?
    • The only tool you’d need is a phillips head screw driver.

If you have any other thoughts on the Petlinks Mystery Motion automatic toy please leave a comment below or send me an email at so I can update this article. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

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10 thoughts on “Petlinks Mystery Motion Review – Uh Oh, Where’d It Go?

  • June 15, 2017 at 2:56 am

    I find this toy so hilarious and am even considering getting it for my sisters cat. I really enjoy this post and really like the video it adds such a personal touch to your post. You don’t appear camera shy which is also a nice touch and its obvious your experienced in this stuff Craig! My one question is what is your favorite toy that you own for your cats and why?

    • June 15, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      Great question Jonathan! I think my favorite toy is a standard wand toy. The primary reason is that in general, with automatic toys, cats get bored of them over time. If you’re personally involved with playing with them it keeps them more engaged and it is also great for developing their bond with you. Basically, the more YOU play with them the more they like you and associate good things with you.

  • June 15, 2017 at 3:13 am

    Great review, I also really enjoyed how you provided the video on how to set it up.

  • June 15, 2017 at 3:38 am

    Okay this awesome! I love that you answered all the questions I even thought of at the bottom. I definitely am going to show my boyfriend this his cats will love it 🙂

    • June 15, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      Awesome, glad the review was helpful!

  • June 15, 2017 at 4:12 am

    Wow I love this! It’s great that it mimics a prey for a cat’s basic hunting instincts. In products like this which involved a lot of “attacks” and “abuses” from the cats, it is good that it is durable enough to take on those “punches”. 🙂

    I am pretty sure this will keep the cats engaged for a long period of time when they first encounter it. However I wonder, will they eventually get used to the routine and get bored with it? Any of such observation with your cats?

    • June 15, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      Yeah, there’s a little bit of that, especially if you use it every day. I think the best thing you can do is only use this toy when you don’t really have time to play with your cats yourself. That or buy other toys so you can rotate their usage. Just like people, cats get bored of the same thing over and over. There are several other toys out there that provide similar exercise in a totally different manner. I’ll be posting some reviews of those in the near future, but as of right now you could check them out on Amazon:
      The Petsafe Bolt
      The Fling a String

  • June 15, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Awesome post! Thank you for providing us with your star review at the start. It made me want to keep reading to find out how you got the that review. Another hat off to you for providing the necessary info for setup and use, as well as the pros and cons! Great stuff!

  • June 15, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Hi Craig, I have never seen this cat toy before so thanks for bringing it to my attention! It certainly seems interesting and great to see your cats playing with it even if they get a bit bored. Love the video, really great addition to your site! Thanks Sean

    • June 15, 2017 at 11:19 pm

      Glad it was helpful! I’ll hopefully be getting more toys up shortly, so stop in again to check them out when you have some time!


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