The $1,000 cat toy: West Seattleite crowdfunding for Cat Fishin’

January 29, 2014 at 2:19 pm | In Pets, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 10 Comments

No, it won’t COST $1,000 … that sum is the crowdfunding target for Westwood resident Dan Tracy‘s campaign to raise money for Seattle production of the “Cat Fishin‘ Toy,” demonstrated in his official Kickstarter pitch video above – featuring jumping cats, of course.

Tracy explains, “It’s similar to feather-on-a-stick dangler toys but way more durable because it’s made with rip stop nylon.” He moved to West Seattle two years ago from Maui, saying this is a more hospitable place for inventors: “I had lived there for 13 years and needed a better location to start up fun projects. Hawaii is great for vacation but it can be difficult for business because the cost of living is so high.” Why $1,000 to produce something this simple-looking? we asked. Tracy’s reply: “$1000 gets us started so we can buy material and start production but we’re hoping to raise more. We’ve already started networking with local pet shops and they’re excited to try Cat Fishin’ Toys.”

10 Comments

  1. My cats love the yoyo that you buy at Pier One it’s called I believe a Chinese yoyo.

    Comment by payrollgirl — 5:29 pm January 29, 2014 #

  2. “One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish”!

    Dr. Seuss

    Comment by sc — 6:45 pm January 29, 2014 #

  3. My cats would love this toy! When can I buy a few?

    Comment by Teri Ensley — 6:47 pm January 29, 2014 #

  4. Lets see some fishing line at 1.25 200 feet, nylon 3.99 yard, bamboo sticks 2.97 6-pack. I hope there not more than 1.99 apiece.
    I guess at $61 billion a year americans spend on their pets there is room for one more product.
    Great idea but what about this one kind of pricey though
    http://www.petmountain.com/product/catnip-toys/11442-570973/fat-cat-catfisher-rod-reel-toy.html?utm_source=googleproductads&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term={keyword}&gclid=CJGa_477pLwCFaY1QgodwSQAEg

    Comment by WS4Life — 7:48 pm January 29, 2014 #

  5. Check out Jackson Galaxy (Mr. Cat Mojo) on Facebook, twitter, etc. I suspect he’d get behind this one if you reached out to him…

    Comment by AG — 8:12 am January 30, 2014 #

  6. I love it and my cats would too! I would totally buy it for them!

    Comment by catmama — 8:47 am January 30, 2014 #

  7. Agree on Jackson Galaxy idea! Also, our cats LOVE LOVE LOVE the fishies. Like waking me up dragging the fish around and meowing to be played with LOVE them. It’s pulled big cat out of his “i can’t be bothered to play” funk, and gotten the chubby little cat into ridiculous jumping bean mode. Hearts.

    Comment by hanimal — 12:02 pm January 30, 2014 #

  8. What a great toy. Just donated. Let’s get behind local people!

    Comment by Funkietoo — 12:09 pm January 31, 2014 #

  9. They already reached their goal !

    Comment by Funkietoo — 12:08 pm February 1, 2014 #

  10. By the time I published this it was already up to $600. I was just happy to have an excuse to show a cute cat video that really had some kind of local tie :) The goal of creating more local jobs is noble, too.

    Comment by WSB — 12:26 pm February 1, 2014 #

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