November 7, 2014 – updated for cat lovers
Toys aren’t just for kids, big or small, but are also key to a cat’s happiness or any pet for that matter.. Whether this is a cat, dog or bird, most pets will enjoy playing with toys especially if they spend periods time home alone. You can even have a great paw shaped cat litter mat that the cats love to lay on. See this on the http://www.youtube.com/user/twomeowschannel.
Toys keep their curiosity at bay and from getting into things they shouldn’t! Cats in particular are extremely curious animals and when they wake from their naps, will find something to occupy them. By providing them with special cat toys, this can take their attention away from other items, such as the furniture or ornaments on a Christmas tree or perhaps picking your bathroom trash basket or eating plants.
Household items – Easy Stuff
Our cats love to play in basic cardboard boxes, shoes boxes, lids to the copy paper box. We even built a cat ‘condo’ out of a larger size moving box and used Hello Kitty Duct tape to keep it together. We cut a few extra holes in it for them to see out and go in and out at their leisure. It’s a big hit with the cats. This could even be a fun project at home to build with the family
Paper bags like from the grocery store are perfect too. Most cat owners know that right off the bat. Make sure if you use a shopping bag with skinny handles to cut the handles off. This is so kitty doesn’t get their head caught in it by accident.
With the age of television and flat screens, some cats naturally watch whatever is on the TV. However, you can find special videos out there or DVDs just for cats. Some of these can run for hours while you are away for the day or at work. Simple enough right?
Good Old Stand By
Mice and catnip are still on the scene and never seem to lose their popularity. Furry mice seem to inspire the hunting instinct, especially if laced with a little catnip or catmint. Plus they tend to be inexpensive so when they rip them to shreds, it isn’t the end of the world. Some of these even squeak and there are pull tail versions when you want to play with your cat that sends them scuttling off across the floor – imagine the fun that will give them! You can also find mini birds that are similar and chirp. Be careful thought, you might want to put them away at night if you don’t want to wake up to chirping because we know sometimes cats do mischievous stuff during the night.
If your family is a big fan on catnip, make sure you store the backup supply somewhere kitty doesn’t know how to get to it and overdose one day on too much catnip entertainment.
Pingpong balls are easy as well as larger size twist ties from bread bags and milk rings off of a gallon jug are simple hits. Of course, they all tend to do a disappearing act. Be sure to look under your appliances or sofa and other hiding spots where stuff can slide. Make sure too that you don’t create something too small that the cat or kitten might eat it accidentally and swallow something not meant for their tummy.
Tunnels and Fabric Cubes
Tunnels and cubes come in all shapes and sizes and a variety of fabrics. You can find the right size for the space you can allow for your home and cat to have fun. Make sure the cat or cats using them have plenty of room and holes to escape should they decide they don’t like it. Especially if another kitty comes along and isn’t playing so nicely. Cats always like another way to bail out.
Switching toys in and out can make some of the old ones seem like new again. Some people like to leave a kitty toy box out and let their cat choose which one is the favorite of the day. Check the toys out every once in awhile to ensure safety for your cat and toss those that might be an issue.