Today we are going to talk about the “Twinkle Chute Tunnel Cat Toy” purchased from PetSmart.
The tunnel is 3 feet long, and 9 1/2 inches in diameter. It has red lights activated by motion that are inside the red bands shown above in the photo. They are powered by a common small “button” battery. There is an “on”/”off” switch so you can turn it off when not in use, and make the battery last longer. It is made of a crinkly material that makes a crinkle sound. There is an opening in the center halfway through. It has uses as a skylight, alleviator of claustrophobia, emergency exit, and spy hole.
It was popular when new, and is used as well today. For a long time I had it underneath a coffee table.
The red twinkle lights flash for a few seconds, every time the tunnel is moved in some manner. Other colors of this tunnel are sold today, and I do not know what color lights are inside them. Today the tunnel holds open a particular room door, so it cannot shut, and trap cats inside. Recently, the lights finally stopped working. It was not a battery problem, and I cannot fix them. The lights worked for years. The tunnel is still a good item without the lights. From the photo below, you can see I owned the tunnel at Christmas in 2009. Zeke is resting halfway through! In spite of the lights, it has held up very well. I recommend the tunnel with or without the lights. It sells for around $20 US.