Pete’s latest treat is a Hexbug Nano, about a fiver from Amazon. It’s a small, insect-looking thing with little rubber “legs” on the bottom. The Nano is battery-operated via a small switch, and when you turn it on, the legs move and it sets off scuttling across the floor.
I don’t know how well it would work on carpet, but on hard floors, it’s great. And Pete loves it – chases it, stalks it, pounces on it, tosses it around as if it was real prey. And when he wants to play with it, he goes to it and meows at me until I switch it on. It’s also very effective as a distraction – he was getting under my feet the other day when I was cooking, so I switched the bug on and he played with it until he got bored and fell asleep.