Cats are naturally curious, enjoy using their instincts to hunt and stalk and are very playful. They will often occupy themselves but if you don’t provide them with toys, then they can use household furniture and other items to do so. So what are the best toys to get your cat?
While there is no do and don’t with cat toys there are a few ideas to use as a guide to get the best toys for your cat. For example, think about their size and the size of the toys – if you have a kitten, then small bells or other little toys may be a bad idea for a choking hazard. Likewise, if the toy has small parts that could come loose and cause problems – it’s a bit like the thinking you would have for a small kid.
Interactive toys are a good choice for adult cats and can also help if the cat came to you with behavioural problems. If your cat has aggression issues, they can take it out on a toy rather than a person or other pet in the house. If the cat has become depressed, they are more likely to come around when a new toy catches their eye. And if the cat is shy, a toy is a good way to win them over.
One absolute guarantee with cats is that if you roll a ball across the room, at some point they will chase it. So a great first toy is always a ball and there are loads to choose from. Look for ones with large holes in so that the cat can hook it with their claws or furry ones than they can grab with their teeth.
Classic toys Scratch and Purr
One of the eternal favourite toys for cats is the fluffy mouse. This brings out their hunting instincts and will be great to chase around the floor and carry around the house. If they have tails on them, don’t be surprised to see the cat picking up the toy by the tail and throwing it around the room to have an excuse to pounce on it. This is copying their behaviour in the wild where they often play with their prey before killing it.
Feathers are another hit with cats as this stimulates their instinct to catch and kill birds. Toys such as clusters of feathers on a stick are a great way to play with your cat while keeping your hands out of the way and avoiding an accidental scratch.
Similarly, a fishing toy is good run, attached to a reel of string that you can throw for the cat then reel back into you, allowing them to chase around after it. If the cat enjoys catnip, then a toy infused with the herb will be an added hit and encourage even more vigorous play.
Finally, some simple household items will prove popular with cats. A scrunched up ball of paper always elicits a response when thrown across the room and likewise, a paper bag is great to dive into and hide. When you have a delivery in a cardboard box, cut a few holes in it and make it into a cat house. Most cats will love sitting in it and setting up a sneak attack on passing feet or other animals from it.