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Choosing Cat Toys

October 15, 2019

Do you find a mountain of cat toys under your sofa every time you move it? If so, you likely have a pretty happy pet. Playing is very important for Fluffy. It entertains her, helps keep her in shape, and provides enrichment. However, there are some things to keep in mind when choosing kitty toys. A Fort Collins, CO vet discusses choosing your feline buddy’s playthings in this article.

Wand Toys

Wand toys can be really fun for Fluffy! You control the toy’s movement, which makes playtime both more fun and more challenging. Just be sure to put these up after your pet is done playing: you don’t want her getting tangled up.

Catnip

Our feline pals are highly entertaining, and they’re never more fun to watch than when they’re enjoying some catnip. Get Fluffy some refillable toys, and refresh the catnip when it dries out.

Honeysuckle

Not all kitties like catnip. In fact, about a third of them are immune to its effects. If your furball doesn’t seem to care much for catnip, try getting her a honeysuckle toy instead. For some reason, cats that don’t like catnip sometimes love honeysuckle.

Modern Toys

While Fluffy will never grow tired of classic kitty toys, she also enjoys some more high-tech playthings. Get your furry little friend a robotic swimming ‘fish,’ a remote-controlled mouse, or an automatic laser pointer.

Toys For Multiple Kitties

Do you have more than one cat? You’ll need a variety of toys. Kitties all have their own purrsonal preferences. Fluffy may like catnip mice, while Mittens may prefer crinkly toys.

DIY Toys

If you want to save money, or just like making things, why not make Fluffy’s playthings? You’ll find great ideas and instructions online.

Toys That Aren’t Toys

Cats certainly are quirky little furballs. It’s not uncommon for people to buy their kitties expensive playthings, only to have their feline friends ignore their toys and play with a random household object instead. If Fluffy absolutely loves batting at bottlecaps or crumpled-up pieces of paper, let her have them. Just be sure never to let your pet play with anything dangerous. Anything small enough for her to choke on is a definite no. Sharp objects are also unsafe, as is anything that could be toxic.

Is your pet due for vaccinations, exams, or parasite control? Contact us, your Fort Collins, CO vet clinic, today!


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