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.
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.
We recently featured outdoor Animal Nuisance Repellents. Here is a way to keep your cats and dogs away from off-limits areas indoors, especially now that schools and colleges are back in session and fewer people may be home during the day.
Contech ScatMat Automatic Indoor Pet Training Mats are harmless, yet effective pet training mats to keep your cats and dogs out of those prohibited areas. It emits a mild static charge, just uncomfortable enough to let your pet know to stay off. The beauty is that the mild "correction" is not associated with you, but with the inanimate mat.
With Labor Day Weekend coming up, many pet owners who want to get away are no longer sending their pets to the neighborhood kennels. They are treating them to high-end pet resorts. From MSNBC's High-end pet lodges popular with owners
These days, when vacationers are unable to bring their pets along, booking them into a pet resort guarantees animal will be having as much fun as owner.
With luxurious suites, 24-hour room service, pampering spa services, hiking, swimming and other sports -- not to mention personal feline or canine chefs to attend to finicky eaters -- these resorts are a far cry from the typical boarding kennels (which, not long ago, resembled stark animal shelters).
Chauffeur-driven limos, virtual fish tanks, swimming, hiking, playtime--nothing is too good for our pampered pets.
However, if your pet is the traveling kind, here are two pet-friendly sites:
PetTravel.com is a portal for lots of information about traveling with animals, including immigration requirements, guidelines for pets and timeshares, and airline policies that you can search by carrier.
PetFriendlyTravel.com can link you to restaurants, hotels, spas, bed and breakfasts, and cabins in the United States, Canada and Mexico that will be happy to serve you and your four-legged family members.