How to Choose Cat Toys - Enrich the Life of Your Indoor Cat
All animals are individuals with their own personalities and preferences. One way to choose toys your cat will enjoy is to identify their prey preference. In the wild, cats hunt, stalk and pounce on insects, birds, mice and other small animals to survive. It follows that they will enjoy toys they can hunt, stalk and pounce as though they were prey.
So, to find toys you cat will love, you must think like the cat you love.
If your cat seems to enjoy feathers and/or objects in the air, choose toys resembling birds. If your cat prefers furry toys and/or toys moving on the ground, choose objects resembling mice. If your cat likes tiny objects with lots of movement, choose toys resembling bugs.
Some toys to try:
Toys that squeak, chirp, jitter, swing or vibrate such as Breakaway Toys Catnip-Treated Mice
For the cat who chases insects, try the Da Bird Insect Wand Cat Toy
Balls encourage cats to "chase and capture": Rattle Rollers Bat 'n Bobble Toy
Items around the house that will be fun for your kitty are crumpled up paper balls, the plastic rings off of milk jugs, the center rolls from toilet paper, cotton-tipped swabs, paper towels. Just stay away from things your cat will choke on. You can even stuff old cotton socks with cotton balls and a little catnip, then tie a knot in the end.
via Indoor Cat Initiative
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Posted by Molly & Jessie at September 2, 2008 5:42 AM