Do you find a small pile of cat toys every time you move your couch? It’s always cute watching Fluffy having fun with a new plaything. Toys are actually very important to your kitty’s physical and emotional well-being. Playing is fun for cats, but it also is a way for them to indulge their inner lions. Our feline pals all do have their own unique tastes when it comes to playthings, however. Read on as a local Rochester, NY vet offers some advice on picking cat toys.
Consider Fluffy’s Prey
Many kitties prefer things that remind them of small animals they would hunt in the wild. Get Fluffy a few things that are covered in ‘fur’ or feathers, or ones that squeak when moved. That doesn’t mean your furry little diva won’t still appreciate a glittery taco or a shiny ball. Variety is the spice of life!
Get Interactive Toys
While Fluffy can certainly amuse herself by batting a little ball under the couch, it’s important for her to have some things that you two can play with together. This may be a laser pointer, wand toy, or remote controlled mouse. Playing is always more fun with friends!
Never underestimate Fluffy’s capacity for getting herself into trouble. Keep this in mind when picking out your frisky furball’s toys. Avoid things with small pieces that could break off and choke your kitty. Before giving it to her, make sure there are no pins or wires left from the packaging.
If you have more than one feline buddy, you may find that they have very different opinions about what is fun to play with. Fluffy may love chasing that red dot from a laser pointer, while Mittens may watch this with absolutely no interest in joining in. Offer a variety of things.
A Word About Fido
Do you have a canine buddy as well as a feline one? Keep in mind that many of Fluffy’s toys may be just as appealing to dogs, especially if they squeak. Cat toys can be a choking risk for Man’s Best Friend, so you’ll want to keep your kitty’s playthings somewhere Fido can’t reach them. (Sorry, buddy: it’s for your own good.)
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns about your kitty’s health or care. As your Rochester, NY animal clinic, we’re here to help!