When you are home alone with nothing to do, you get bored, right? Well so does your pet, and that’s when trouble can get started. Keeping cats occupied keeps them away from tearing up your furniture and possessions. That’s why having a toy collection for your kitty is important. Whether you want to buy out the pet store of its cat-approved gadgets or sew some cloth ones of your own, having a variety of toys will have your feline active and playful in all the right ways. (Before purchasing a new sewing machine to make one-of-a-kind cat toys, check out some sewing machine reviews first.)
Toys to the Rescue
Just like some toys help young children learn various skills, so do toys for pets. What looks like random yet playful activity could actually be a teaching moment for your feline.
1. Entertainment and energy expenditure
Of course, toys entertain cats, but when felines are occupied with something fun, they are expending energy. That physical activity is as good for their health as it is for your health. They burn calories, which will keep their muscles better toned and they are less likely to become overweight.
2. Alleviate temptation and reduce stress
When pets are bored they are tempted to get into mischief, and that can lead to stress. Boredom and stress might prompt kitties to take our their frustration on your chair legs, curtains and window screens. When they have toys to bat around, they are replacing that boredom and stress with positive, stimulating behavior.
Pet parents should evaluate the toys before they present them to their felines. Make sure they are appropriate in size and content. Cats are not as muscular as dogs, and therefore, should have smaller, more lightweight toys.
Plus avoid toys with strings, especially when the cat is unsupervised. Strings pose an entanglement hazard.
Also, sometimes simple is best. Your cat may be as happy batting around a ping-pong ball as they are playing with specially designed toys. Then again, your cat may like both. Test out different versions to see what your pet prefers.
Something New Again
But just as children can tire of a toy after a while so can your cat. The key to keeping it interested is to rotate the toys in and out. After a week with a ball, take the ball away and replace it with a stuffed creature. The next week, take the stuffed creature away and introduce something else for them to bat at and so on.
Also store toys in different locations from time to time. Keep smaller items in their cat condos and larger ones in a cat bed in a different room. This way, when your cat is roaming the house, it will be surprised when he/she finds the toys.
Finally, enjoy the fun with your feline. Get down on the cat’s level to play. This interaction helps cement the bond between the animal and its human family. What’s more, it’s fun.