Cats can never have enough toys. Whether they're big, small, noisy or fluffy, cat toys will keep your fury friend amused for hours and are a great way to exercise them both physically and mentally, while still having fun.
Kittens are especially playful and at this young age it's vital for them to develop various skills and learn how to act upon their natural instincts, all of which can be done through play. If not kicked amused or exercised adequately, cats can develop bad habits or, in more severe cases, an aggressive behavior. This means they will probably be more likely to use their claws on you and your furniture.
Instead look at playtime as bonding time between you and your cat and a chance to get to know each other better. It's also an effective way to combat your cat's behavior problems, should they have any, as well as help them become more trustful towards you.
There is a wide selection of cat toys available to choose from. If you're not sure which ones are best for your moggy, here's a quick breakdown of your options;
Toys with sound effects are immediately attention grabbing to cats. Whether they are squeaky or have a bell attached, your cat will soon learn that if they toss their toy about they will be rewarded with a fun, exciting sound.
These toys are often covered in things like feathers to resembble other small animals such as mice or birds that your cat can stalk and roll around with. Cats usually love to chew on these toys or run around with them in their mouth.
Toys that move or hold beats require your cat to make a certain action in order to receive a reward. Little bouncing balls are a fantastic way to exercise your cat as are toys attached to a long stick that require your cat to chase around as you reel it back.
Catnip is a type of herb that is completely safe for your cat to use. Although only around 70% of cats are said to respond to catnip, those that do will have extra fun and responsive in ways such as rolling and rubbing after exposure. The herb is non-addictive and can be rubbed it into your cat's bed or onto their favorite toys – catnip toys are also available and are a real, special treat for feline catnip fans.
Be sure to have plenty of cat toys lying around to keep your cat entertained and ensure they are happy, healthy and feel part of the family.