Most cat owners will agree that cats love to play, but which toys are best? Choosing the right toys for your cat to play with can help to promote health and fitness and reduce boredom and associated problem behaviour.
Why Cats Need Toys
Even though cats are domesticated animals they still share many instincts and behaviours in common with their wild living relatives. Normal behaviours such as hunting, climbing and scratching are often directed in ways we find inappropriate. For example most cat owners would prefer it if their cat didn’t hunt and stalk themselves or other small animals. Similarly, whilst scratching and clawing is essential for nail and toe health, we get angry when the furniture is the object of our cats’ scratching desires.
The answer to these problems lies in providing your cat with an outlet for these behaviours and this can be achieved through the provision of appropriate toys.
The Best Toys for Cats
With so many toys available it’s hard to know which ones are best and will actually be used by your cat. This is often a matter of trial and error however there are several cat toys that most cat owners swear by. Here are our top three cat toys:
- DaBird – An interactive feather on string toy which mimics a flighted bird. I’ve never met a cat that didn’t love this toy!
- Race and Chase – This interactive puzzle toy is a plastic ball containing a furry mouse inside. The ball has holes which allow your kitty to paw at the prey.
- Chickadee Chirp – This little plush birdy lets out a shrill chirp when your cat bites or paws at it.
Other toys that are sure to please your cat, and save your furniture, are cat towers and scratching posts. Hanging toys from these and spraying them with catnip can help keep your cat interested.