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Why Cats Need Toys

Cats are hunters by nature that’s why they love playing with cat toys, it’s one of the ways domestic cats practice their hunting skills. When we think our cats are playing, usually they are using toys for mock hunting games. Cats are naturally inquisitive, so a new object is a reason to explore, and if it moves all the better.

Cats enjoy toys that move the best. Anything that makes noise when played with, or can be pounced on will make great cat toys. To help with hunting your Cats eyes are tuned towards movement. The slightest movement will get a cats attention and encourage it to pounce. As a general rule Cats prefer toys much smaller than themselves. Although small toys are preferred, it is best to ensure that the toys aren’t so small they can be swallowed. Small items can cause permanent damage to a cat’s digestive track or other soft tissue, or worse choking.

There is no need to spend lots of money on cat toys, but having a variety will keep your cat interested, simply leave a few around for pussy to play with and then rotate with
another set of cat toys when your cat becomes bored of them. By doing this cats will think they always have “new” cat toys to play with. Scratch and Purr

If your cat is a “house cat” providing cat toys is an important part of being a responsible cat owner. House cats tend not to get as much exercise as their feline counterparts that explore outside. So play provides valuable extra activity which will help keep house cats healthy. These periods of play will also help keep the indoor cats mind occupied and stop anxiety bought on by boredom.

We’re all familiar with Cat toys based on string with a small object attached to the end. Simply lay the string out and gently twitch so the toy on the end moves to get your pet’s attention. Usually these toys have a hoop on the end so they can be hung on a doorknob so that your cat can keep themselves occupied. Dangling the toy in front of your cat will encourage them will encourage them to swat the toy and attempt to pounce.

Lightweight Balls are also a great cheap way of providing a toy that a cat can play with without your help. The noise made as they skip across the floor will keep your cat’s attention and they love to swat them with a paw to get the ball to move. Your cat will practice “stalking” the ball as it is still, and then pounce when it feels ready. Rubber balls tend to be more durable and just as good to for encouraging play, but it is important to ensure that the balls don’t taste bitter. Simply clean the ball in warm soapy water and rinse afterwards, test the taste by placing the tip of your tongue on the end of the ball. If there is any bitter taste at all ten the ball is not safe for your cat.

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