Just like us humans, pets love to play and keep busy, making toys an absolute must. The problem is that there are so many toys out there that it can be near impossible to make a choice. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you choose toys for your pet. Read on for more.
The first and most important thing that you need to consider is if the toy is safe for your pet. You need to make sure that the toy is large enough for your pet not to swallow accidentally and also that bits will not break off during play, which they can also swallow. You also need to make sure that the toy is made from safe materials that will not deteriorate over time. Ideally, the toy will be easy to wash and clean, and will last for a long time.
Be aware that some toys will require supervision during use and require putting away after play time is over. An excellent example of these types of toys are those with strings or cords as your pet can get tangled in them and hurt themselves severely. Another example are toys that your pet loves too much, and will actually exhaust or injure themselves playing with them.
Another thing that you have to keep in mind when choosing pet toys is your pet’s activity level and their personality. Some pets love to solve puzzles or to be kept occupied so toys such as treat balls, and mazes where they have to find their treat are ideal. Others are real snugglers and want something warm and cosy to sleep against so blankets or plush toys are well suited to these pets. Some pets get stimulated by sounds, so “noisy” toys such as those with bells or squeakers will go down a hit. In some cases, pets prefer to play with their humans and so interactive toys such as wands or rod toys, balls, tug ropes and so on will be popular.
Just like humans, pets can get bored with their toys if they have the same ones all the time. While they may seem to love them at first, if they are all they have, they will eventually end up losing interest and leaving their toys untouched. Prevent “toy burnout” by having more toys than your pet actually needs and keep them on rotation. That is, you could bring out some toys one week, and the next week put them away and bring out some different toys. Rotating the toys keeps your pet interested and will see them playing away more than ever!