TIPS TO HELP YOU CHOOSE A TOY FOR YOUR CAT AND KEEP THEM INTERESTED
Posted: Aug 24 2016
Let us help you find the perfect toy for your cat! Here are a few things to consider when searching for a toy.
Understanding your cat’s needs is the first step in picking the perfect toy for your pet. Not all cats play in the same way. Some like to pounce, bat, chase, wrestle, hunt or even carry around their toys. Electronic toys may please some or scare others. Catnip can be a huge hit or completely ineffective. With so many different play types and styles it can be hard to choose a toy that your cat will love. To help you pick we’ve separated our Categories cat toys by… category! Look for the following symbols to better help you choose a toy for your cat— interactive, chase, explore, catnip, and electronic.
2. Size Matters.
Make sure you don’t end up getting a toy that is too large or small for your cat. If the toy is too big, they may look at it as an opponent and play time might turn into a stand off rather than fun play. It can also be difficult for a cat to pick up and play with a toy if it is too large. However, also be careful of toys that are too small and could be a potential choking hazard.
photo via @rosieaurorachronicles
3. Releasing The Inner Hunter.
Cats are natural hunters so movements of a cat toy need to resemble that of a prey. Cats want to chase, pounce, and ultimately capture their treasure. When choosing a toy think about whether your cat will be able to bat at it, pick it up in its mouth, or pounce on it comfortably.
WE RECOMMEND: Wild Instincts $7.99
photo via @pawsofoz
You may have noticed that your cat is picky when it comes to the litter in the litter box, the places he likes to nap, or even the food he or she eats. This is because cats can be very particular to texture, so be sure to keep this in mind when choosing a toy. Your cat may like something soft that’s easy to bite, or may prefer something a little smoother that's easy to bat around.
photo via @vandercats
5. Listen Up!
Use information you know about your cat when choosing a toy with sound. If your cat is shyer, a motorized and noisy electronic toy might not be the best choice. If your cat seems intrigued by little squeaky noises in your house, a toy that squeaks may be ideal.
photo via @oscar_the_scottish
6. Helping Hand From Kitty Herbs.
Not all cats respond to catnip but if yours does there are many fun toys to choose from. For many cats, a little catnip added into the occasional play session can really kick it up a notch and create a renewed interest in a previously ignored toy. For cats that don’t react to catnip we developed Mad Cat, a line of cat toys that features our own unique blend of catnip and silvervine. Silvervine is a non-toxic, all natural catnip alternative that many cats actually prefer. This potent stimulant elicits a similar reaction to catnip, and is both safe and fun!
WE RECOMMEND: Mad Cat (shown below) $4.99 - $5.99
photo via @olivertaco
7. Hard To Get.
Keep your cat interested in its toys by putting them away after playtime. Cats can become less interested in a toy if they easily have access to it, so try playing a little hard to get. Once you’ve collected a few toys that your cat likes, rotate them weekly to help maintain their appeal.
photo via @ihavecat
8. Changing with the Times.
Senior cats or cats with mobility issues may not find specific toys as appealing as they did as kittens. Think about your cat’s age, play style, and safety when choosing a toy. Older cats may need something more cuddly and soft.
photo via @adventures_with_my_cats