Both my 4 year old male and my 10 month old kitten absolutely love this little finch on the rod. It's also just like a real animal when you move it around. I've never seen my 4 year old tomcat hunt like this! As soon as he catches it he runs away with it triumphantly to a hiding place where he will lick his prey between his paws. We have been playing with it for about 2 weeks now, every day for at least 10 minutes and I haven't seen anything break on the little finch, even though they are very rough with it.