How we got to testing a smart rolling cat ball: About half a year ago we adopted a new kitten. This little cat sleeps a lot but when he is a awake he is playing football with his toys or running around in the house. We already automated the feeding of the cat. We use an automatic feeder system that works with Tuya. The water system is ordered (because our kitten is going wild when we use the crane, so it’s time that he has his own water fountain. And besides that we have a lot of toys, and most of the time how cheaper or simpler how more fun. Until Banggood asked me to test a new toy for cats: a smart rolling cat ball. This ball is smart in many ways, and can be controlled through an app. The ball can be bought at banggood.
Product Name: Pet LED Rolling Ball
Model Number: MRP01-1
Material: ABS, PVC, Electronic Component
Expectations of the Smart Rolling Cat Ball
When looking to the design I thought this thing will stuck at several objects in the living room. But it rolls away from the problems and the little tail help to change direction. It never stucked into my cables of other objects.
Packaging, what’s in the box?
A small box with a cable the toy and a chinese manual.
Product Weight: 49g
1 x Pet rolling ball,
1 x USB charging line,
1 x Manual
● Connect to MiJia APP: Randomly control the position of the toy ball through the APP. Randomly control the position of the toy ball through the APP, and can quickly locate the position of the toy ball through the mobile phone.
● 3 intelligent modes: The smart sports mode of the toy ball can attract the cat’s attention more. After the toy ball is touched by a cat’s paw, the built-in 3 smart sports modes are automatically activated to induce cute pets to run actively, avoiding pets from slumbering, bloated and obese, and weak in resistance.
● Small tail storage box-A unique design for cats: The small tail storage box can be rotated to open, and you can immediately capture pets’ heart when you put in the Actinidia polygama and Catnip.
● Irregular route to avoid obstacles: The toy ball will automatically avoid obstacles, inspiring the cat’s hunting nature and helping the cat burn more calories.
● Voice recording + 3 Colors of eye protection lights: Can pre-record the sounds of birds, mice, meows, and the owner’s voice, effectively attracting the attention of cute pets.
Syncing the ball with the telephone was easy and works well, but my mi-home is in china-mainland because of my other Xiaomi products I use, Therefor I het 3 buttons that are not translated well.
The ball rolls 1,5 meter and then turns around using the tail. It can’t hurt a cat but when you have hard floors the noice can be irritation after a while.
Build Quality & Design
The built quality is good and everything feels solid. The tail is not flexible and the small ball at the end of the tail can be opened easy (by human). The choise for using USB-C instead of the cheaper micro USB is a great one this time.
Home automation compatible?
It’s uses Bluetooth for the communication with the mi-home app. But I haven’t found a way to include it into home-assistant. I enable the toy by hand and do not use my phone to control.
It’s a week and week I enable the rolling ball, my cat is activated immediately.
Gaf de kat de voorkeur aan het speeltje of aan de doos waar het speeltje inzat?
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