"Whack-A-Mole"

We’re many months into stay-at-home boredom. Even the pets - who at first enjoyed the extra time and attention - seem a bit jaded and inclined to yawn these days. How better to spice things up than to spend an inordinate amount of time and effort to build a “Whack-A-Mole” toy for the cats? My advance apologies to any mole sympathizers.

I’ve seen these before and I know you can buy versions of this on Amazon and elsewhere, but one of my goals was to have a “hatch” over the top of each critter. Seems that this would preserve some mystery and keep the cats from just reaching in there and mauling the poor things. Yes, that was a feeble ‘mole malice’ atonement effort.

So, I whiled away the hours/days/weeks building this goofy thing. I like the fact that I can push up on any lever where the hatch has fully opened and that this will make it close again.

Now the dog is giving me a guilt trip because I haven’t designed any canine entertainment products. It never ends.



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OMG, this is absolutely hilarious! How are you going to top that for the dog?

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I love this! My kitties would haul arse in terror, but it’s so danged cute! :smile:

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Awesome beyond words.

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Great project! Bonus points for a video of a cat exploring it!

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Wondering why the levers are in front of the “moles”? I was thinking that the person working the levers would want to be less obvious and in the way of the cat acting on them. Would want to totally have the levers automated to a button that the cat cannot see you playing with, But it is a beautiful design,

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I love it. Do your cats?

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This is so funny. My cats would probably be freaked out, but I’d end up playing with it anyway! Thanks for sharing the file!

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Very clever! I am also hoping to see the cats playing with it…

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Super cute! My cats love the whack-a-ball that whirls around the track, so they’d probably love this too.

You have to include a video of the cats playing with it now too.

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Where did you find your moles? :thinking:

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That is fantastic! My daughter just made one with a cardboard box, and holes cut out of the top. She’s going to flip when I show her this one!

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Such a great end result! Very fun.

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Very, very, Wack-a-mole-y (no Avocados?)

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