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This article contains the following information on the best interactive toys for cats and kittens:
- Why should cats use toys?
- A list of our most purrchased and loved toys.
- Frequently asked questions such as:
- "What toy do cats like the most that will make them happy?"
- "Should I leave toys out for my cat at night?"
- "How many toys should a cat have?"
- "What toys do indoor cats need?"
Why should cats and kittens use toys?
Cats can benefit from using toys in a variety of ways including...
- Physical exercise is one of the most important benefits, as it can help cats maintain a healthy weight and keep their muscles in shape. Toys that encourage running, jumping, and climbing can be especially beneficial for cats.
- Additionally, using toys can provide cats with mental stimulation and entertainment, which can help to prevent boredom and reduce the likelihood of destructive behavior.
- Hunting instincts are also an important aspect of feline behavior and many cats enjoy stalking and pouncing on small moving objects such as a toy mouse or ball. This can provide an outlet for their natural predatory behavior and help to keep them mentally and physically engaged.
- Another benefit of toys is that they can be used to distract cats during stressful situations, such as visits to the vet or during grooming. Overall, toys provide a lot of benefits for cats, including physical exercise, mental stimulation, and a way to satisfy their natural instincts.
These fun packed plush pillow toys, are an ideal way to sooth teething pain (for younger cats), fight boredom, and will even help to save your household items from being damaged!
* Material: Plush, PP Cotton.
* Size: 12cm (L) 5.5cm (W).
Strong and durable but easy on your kitties paws, this Magic Accordion toy can be transformed into 2 different shapes (as shown above) to keep your feline busy... and away from your beloved furniture!
* Material: Corrugated cardboard (Environmentally friendly, strong and durable).
* Size: See image above (24cm x 24cm x 10cm) [Approximately].
* 1 x Scratching Board Toy.
* 1 x Bell Ball.
This interactive rotating toy, is a great way to keep your cat healthy with regular exercise, and enhance their natural instincts when left lonely at home. (It's also a great way to protect your furniture and floors).
"How does it work?"
It's very simple to operate, with an on / off button provided at the base of the flower. When turned on, the motor quickly spins the butterfly / bird a full 360 degrees.
* Material: Plastic, Metal.
* Power: AA battery (not included).
* Flower diameter: 3.5".
* Flower height: 2.17".
* Wire length: 8.3".
* Butterfly width: 2.4".
* Bird width: 3.9".
* Packing: 1pcs.
* Ideal for any size cat.
* Keeps your kitty entertained for hours.
* Rotating mouse with sisal scratching mat to provide natural care for your cats claws.
* Suitable for training and exercise.
* Satisfy your cats natural instinct for hunting.
* Non-slip rubber pads protect your floors and furniture.
* No batteries required.
* Material: Plastic, Sisal.
* Measurements: 9.84 x 2.76 inches (Approximately).
* Please allow a 2 - 3mm sizing error due to supplier measurements.
So what can you do to stop or protect your valued home furniture and decor from the natural scratching emotions of your cat? Our 'Protective Cat Scratching Pads / Boards' are a great answer!
With their ease of use and sizing, they provide that much needed cover to keep your home in a presentable manner!
* Material: Sisal.
* Toy type: Scratching.
* Size: A) 40cm x 30cm [Approximately].
* Size: B) 30cm x 20cm [Approximately].
Frequently asked questions:
"What toy do cats like the most that will make them happy?"
Cats have diverse interests and preferences when it comes to toys, so there isn't one specific toy that all cats like the most. However, there are some types of toys that are generally popular among cats. These include:
- Feather wands: These toys typically consist of a long rod with feathers or other small, lightweight objects attached to the end. Cats often enjoy chasing and leaping after the feathers as they fly through the air.
- Laser pointers: These toys emit a small red dot that cats can chase and try to catch. It's important to note that it's not recommended to rely on laser pointers as the only toy as it's not fulfilling their hunting instincts.
- Catnip toys: Toys filled with catnip can be very appealing to cats as the herb has an intoxicating effect on them.
- Scratching posts: Cats have a natural instinct to scratch and sharpen their claws, so a sturdy scratching post can be a very appealing toy.
- Toy mice: They are soft, small and mimic the movement of a real mouse which is a cat's natural prey, making them a popular toy among cats.
It's also important to note that individual cats may have different preferences, and some may prefer one type of toy over another. A good way to figure out what your cat likes is to offer a variety of different toys and observe which ones they show the most interest in.
"Should I leave toys out for my cat at night?"
Whether or not to leave toys out for your cat at night depends on your individual cat and its behavior. Some cats may enjoy playing with toys during the night and will happily entertain themselves, while others may prefer to sleep through the night and not have toys around.
If your cat is active and playful at night...
It may be beneficial to leave out some toys for it to play with. This can help provide mental stimulation and prevent boredom, which can lead to destructive behavior. However, you should also consider your cat's safety. If your cat is likely to become entangled in a toy or ingest small parts, it's best to remove the toy before your bedtime.
If your cat is more of a night owl and sleeps most of the day...
Leaving out toys for it to play with during the night may not be necessary. However, you may want to try leaving out a toy or two to see if your cat is interested in playing with them during the night.
If you have a multi-cat household...
You may want to provide separate toys and hiding spots for each cat so they each have their own space and don't have to compete for resources.
Whether or not to leave toys out for your cat at night will depend on your cat's behavior and the specific toys you have. It's ultimately a personal decision, but you should consider your cat's safety and activity levels when making your decision.
Image by Inge Wallumrød.
"How many toys should a cat have?"
There is no set number of toys that a cat should have, as the number will depend on the individual cat and its preferences. However, it's generally a good idea to provide a variety of toys for your cat to choose from, so it can switch between different types of play and keep things interesting.
A good starting point is to have a selection of toys that cover different types of play, such as:
- Scratching post or boards.
- Interactive toys.
- Toys that mimic prey.
- Toys that can be chased and hunted.
- Toys that can be carried and manipulated.
- Toys that are mentally stimulating.
It's also a good idea to rotate the toys regularly, so your cat doesn't get bored with the same old toys. This way you can keep your cat mentally and physically stimulated. Additionally, some cats may have their own favorite toys that they prefer to play with most of the time, while other cats may be more indifferent and play with whatever is available.
It's worth noting that you also have to keep an eye on your cat's toys and make sure that they are not broken, as broken toys could be dangerous for your cat if it ingests or chokes on any small parts. It is recommendable to regularly check the condition of the toys and to replace them when they are worn out.
The number of toys a cat should have depends on the individual cat's preferences and activity levels, but providing a variety of toys and regularly rotating them can keep your cat mentally and physically stimulated.
"What toys do indoor cats need?"
Indoor cats, like outdoor cats, need a variety of toys to keep them physically and mentally stimulated. Indoor cats, in particular, can benefit from toys that mimic natural feline behaviors, such as hunting and scratching.
Some popular types of toys for indoor cats include:
- Scratching posts: Cats have a natural urge to scratch and sharpen their claws, so providing a scratching post can help keep their claws healthy and prevent them from scratching furniture. Scratching posts come in different materials and shapes, the most common is the vertical post covered in rough materials like sisal rope.
- Interactive toys: These toys, such as puzzle feeders, can keep indoor cats mentally stimulated by providing them with a challenge to figure out how to get the treats.
- Hunting toys: These toys mimic prey animals and can help indoor cats satisfy their natural hunting instincts. Examples include toy mice, balls, and feathers on a wand.
- Climbing and hiding toys: Indoor cats benefit from vertical space, like scratching post and climbing trees, to explore and hide. This can provide them with a sense of security and enrichment.
- Laser pointers: These toys emit a small red dot that cats can chase and try to catch. However, it is important not to overuse laser pointers, as they do not fulfill hunting instincts completely, and it's better to combine them with other toys to mimic a real prey.
As previously mentioned: It's also a good idea to rotate the toys regularly so that your indoor cat doesn't get bored with the same old toys. Additionally, observe your cat's behavior, which can give you a clue of what they like and dislike, it can also help you understand what else they need.
Indoor cats need a variety of toys to keep them physically and mentally stimulated. Scratching posts, interactive toys, hunting toys, climbing and hiding toys are all good options. Rotating the toys regularly and observing your cat's behavior can help you understand your cat's needs.
Which toy does / would your kitty like the most? Leave a comment below!
Article written by JoyFromCats.com.
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