The Toys Cats Will Love
Do you walk through the pet store, see the many toys available for your
cat, and wonder if the expense will be worth it? Cats can be fickle
creatures, but a good time can be found with almost any toy. Cats are
like children they go through stages and sometimes need age appropriate
toys and can get bored very easily. Some suggestions for toys include the
cat towers, stuffed mice, small amounts of catnip, stuffed animals,
ribbons, and plastic balls.
From an early age, kittens learn to pick up things in their mouths. It is
an instinct, just like using their claws. When a cat plays, they like to
grab and bit their toys. Let us look at the toys listed above. A cat
tower is a great way to teach you cat where it is appropriate to climb.
It will keep them off the blinds or curtains while giving them hours of
fun. There are many styles of cat towers from the two story towers to the
ones rising to the ceiling. The answer to your question is, the more
levels they have the more fun and enjoyment they will receive out of a
cat tower. A cat will use the tower for play as well as sleep. They like
to bat at ropes and other items dangling off the tower as well as going
through little tunnels up to the next level. If you have two cats you
will have fun watching them give chase to the top often trying to knock
the other off. A cat tower can be practical because they will scratch at
it rather than your couch.
Stuffed mice are also important to any kitty’s playtime. Not all mice are
the same; most cats prefer the small leather mice with the multi colored
fur and long tails. These mice come in twelve packs or three packs, and
believe me if they are anything like my kitty they will tear them apart.
Cloth mice are typically second during playtime. If you find your kitty
to be uninterested in mice you might want to check the type of mouse you
have bought them.
Catnip toys are very popular. Catnip will cause your cat to be more
rowdy, which can be a plus because they wear down faster. Catnip before
bedtime is a great way to get your cat to sleep for quite a while and
leave you to slumber. Catnip should be given out sparingly. You do not
want to give your cat catnip everyday because it can have adverse affects
to their behavior. They can start to depend on it and have mood swings.
I have found the best toy may just be your old stuffed animal lying
around the house. My kitty, Spooky, will bring me a stuffed animal when
she is ready to play and she has stuffed animals in her toy basket. There
is nothing more amusing than watching my kitty brings me a stuffed animal
bigger than she is and proceeds to toss it in the air and pounce. Cats
like the feel of certain things in their mouths that is why they chew on
paper, plastic and even your blankets. The feel of the material in their
mouths allows them to clean their teeth or when they are teething help
reduce the pain. The stuffed animal can work in much the same way and
keep them away from harmful products.
To answer my above question you do not have to go to great expense to
entertain your cat, however when you spend a little on toys you keep your
kitty from getting bored. You may even decide to hide a few toys and
reintroduce them after a few months to keep from purchasing new ones all
the time. Just make sure it is not the favorite toy of your pet or they
may find other ways to entertain themselves that you do not find amusing.
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