Last week I attended the SuperZoo pet product trade show to see what’s new in the industry. Let’s just say I was unpleasantly surprised to find one of the exhibitors had knocked off two original handmade cat toys that I’ve written about here on Moderncat. First, my very own ModKickers. Now, I’m not claiming to have invented the catnip kicker toy, but take a look at the catalog photo above and see what you think (the original ModKickers had zig zag trim just like this). They have a “small kick” and a “large kick”, complete with felt trim and funky fabrics. Really?
But I wasn’t alone in the knockoff smack down. They also have a rip off of an extremely original design from Etsy seller The Dots. They copied her cool disc cat toys exactly. I’ve never seen anyone else make toys like The Dots, which is why I was taken aback when I saw this knock off.
Who is the culprit? It’s US-based company Doggles. They make dog goggles and dog toys. This is, I believe, their first foray into cat toys. And apparently they were unable to come up with ideas of their own. Could you at least try to be a little bit creative? Or maybe just stick to dog toys.